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A Beginner's Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project
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A Beginner's Guide to Doing Your Education Research Project



September 2012 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Based on the author's many years of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, this book is a basic guide to doing a research project in education. Step-by-step advice is presented in a clear way, and chapters take the reader through the entire process, from planning and doing research, to writing it up. Each stage is covered, with detailed help on choosing a topic, drawing up research questions, doing the literature review, choosing and designing research methods, the ethics of doing research, analyzing data, and collating and presenting findings.

Key Features:

  • Explanations of key research terms
  • Key learning points
  • Activities (with answers)
  • Progress sheets
  • Case studies of students' investigations

Plus online resources are available to download from SAGE Methodspace.

This is an ideal text for undergraduate students undertaking their first ever research project, graduates pursuing Masters degree and teachers and others in education carrying out action research.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
Research: Important or Just Interesting?
 
Research and You
 
Education: A Research-Based Profession?
 
Why This Book?
 
Structures and Contents
 
Features
 
Time to Start
 
PART ONE: LEARNING ABOUT RESEARCH
 
Research, 'Paradigms' and Ethics
 
The Process of Doing Research
 
Learning from Other Research
 
PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH
 
Choosing Your Topic
 
Research Questions
 
Literature Review
 
Choosing Your Methods
 
Designing Research Instruments
 
Validity, Reliability and Ethical Approval
 
Carrying Out Your Investigation
 
PART THREE: ANALYZING AND WRITING UP
 
Analyzing Data and Producing Your Findings
 
Writing Up Your Project
 
CONCLUSION
 
REFERENCES
 
APPENDIX 1: PROJECT SHEETS
 
APPENDIX 2: ACTIVITY ANSWERS
 
APPENDIX 3: GLOSSARY
 
INDEX

Thisbook has proved very popular with students across all the year groups. First years find it accessible toget started andthrid years hav used it extwnsively in their end of year projects.

Ms Amanda French
Dept of Education Studies, Wolverhampton University
April 26, 2013

An excellent introduction to initial research.Clearly written and very practical.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
AEBLS, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
November 7, 2012

Lay-out is very user-friendly.
Key points in boxes are helpful.
The appendices are very helpful indeed - especially the glossary and the appendix containing a number of photocopiable templates - also available electronically.
Some of the activities (with answers supplied) could be used in learning and teaching sessions in preparation for students carrying out research.
Advantages/disadvantages of methods are clear-cut and should be helpful in both planning and discussing limitations of research projects carried out.
Ethical issues are considered,but are scattered throughout the text, so no one clear section on these.

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
November 6, 2012

A useful beginner's guide to research projects for students studying up to intermediate level and conducting small scale projects on early years practice and children's learning.

Mrs Mary Dyer
Education and Professional Development (Barnsley), Huddersfield University
October 31, 2012

Easy to access text

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
October 29, 2012

Even where students are not undertaking full-scale research projects, this book will give insight to help them develop their own reflective, evidence-based practice.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
October 15, 2012

Very clear text. Key points are helpful. Useful as a foundation for new research students. The project sheets provide good starting points and solutions to activities are included at the end of the book.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
October 5, 2012

A clear book that outlines the stages in your project, full of key tips, an excellent core book

Ms Sarah Riding
School of Health Care & Early Years, Blackpool and the Fylde College
October 5, 2012
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Chapter 1 - Research, ‘paradigms’ and ethics


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