Conducting Educational Research
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Conducting Educational Research
Guide to Completing a Major Project



© 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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A step-by-step guide to conducting a research project or thesis in Education

Designed to be used during the research process, Conducting Educational Research walks readers through each step of a research project or thesis, including developing a research question, performing a literature search, developing a research plan, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and sharing the conclusions with others. Throughout the book, Daniel J. Boudah covers all types of research (including experimental, descriptive, qualitative, group designs, and single subject designs) and helps readers link research questions to designs, designs to data sources, and data sources to appropriate analyses.

 
Preface
 
1. Research in Education
Conducting Research in Education: Art or Science?  
The Current Research to Practice Gap  
Examples of Research at the Policy and Classroom Levels  
Research Types, Designs, and Methodologies  
Putting it All Together  
Selected Organizations that Support Research in Education  
Summary  
Activities  
Answers to Activities  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
2. Identifying a Research Problem, Question, and Searching Relevant Literature
Identifying a Research Problem  
Identifying a Possible Research Question  
The Purposes of a Literature Review  
The Process of Conducting a Literature Search  
Putting it All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
3. Understanding Relevant Literature and Writing a Literature Review
Analyzing literature search outcomes  
Writing a Literature Review  
Revisiting and Revising Research Questions  
Putting it All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
4. Issues in Validity and Trustworthiness
What are Validity, Reliability, and Trustworthiness?  
Types of Validity and Their Threats  
Reliability  
Trustworthiness  
Ways to Address Challenges to Trustworthiness  
Putting it All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
5. Designing and conducting experimental research
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental  
Questions Point to Designs  
Group Designs  
Single Subject Designs  
Measurement of Dependent Variables  
Types of Data  
Putting It All Together  
Implementing Interventions  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
6. Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research
What is Qualitative Research?  
Qualitative Design: The Planning Process  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
7. Designing and Conducting Descriptive Research
Types of Quantitative Descriptive Research  
Survey Methods  
Conducting Descriptive Research  
Accessing Extant Databases  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
8. Creating a Research Proposal
The Purpose of a Research Proposal  
Identifying a Problem  
Investigating and Identifying Relevant Literature  
Identifying a Research Question  
Identifying a Research Design and Method  
Identifying Research Procedures and Plans  
Identifying Potential Analyses  
Protection of Human Participants  
Pilot Testing  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
9. Analyzing and Interpreting Experimental Research  
From Designing and Conducting, to Analyzing and Interpreting Experimental Research  
Experimental Data  
Selecting a Statistic Consistent with Your Design and Appropriate to Your Data  
Interpreting Results of Analyses  
Discussing Experimental Results  
Statistical Conclusion Validity  
Putting it All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
References  
 
10. Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Research
Data Management  
Data Analysis of Words  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
11. Analyzing and Interpreting Descriptive Research
From Designing and Conducting, to Analyzing and Interpreting Descriptive Research  
Descriptive Data Analysis and Interpretation  
Causal Comparative Research  
Correlational Research  
Putting it All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Readings  
References  
 
12. Writing Research Reports
Writing for Publication  
Getting Your Writing Published  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
References  
 
Appendix: A: Check Sheet for Understanding Relevant Literature
 
Appendix B: Organizations that Support Educational Research
 
Glossary
 
Index

This is a clearly written book with plenty of hands on examples and advice. For our students it is occasionally too detailed but is definitely going on the list as strongly recommended reading!

Mrs Louise Taylor
DOO, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
February 10, 2015

This book is useful as a reference book to support methodology. This is useful for students who have chosen to do an EPQ but as all students don't choose it is isn't essential reading for my course.

Miss Emma Orgar
Media, Capital City Academy
January 27, 2015

This book provides a wealth of visual aids on how to effectively conduct research projects.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
March 27, 2014

Good and easy-to-understand description of the research process. Useful guide for the course and valuable as reference materials for doing a Master thesis

Dr Ard Lazonder
Dept. of Instructional Technology, Twente University
November 11, 2013

Very basic guide to educational research methods.

Dr Lisa Romero
Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program, California State University - Sacramento
November 6, 2013
Key features

Key Features

  • Technology in Research boxes help readers take advantage of related technologies and online resources
  • In Their Own Words sections provide tips and suggestions from students who have completed projects
  • End-of-chapter Your Research Project in Action sections prompt students to apply what they have learned to their current research projects
  • In-text learning aids, including chapter-opening outlines and objectives and chapter-ending summaries and discussion questions, help readers master the material

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