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Research in Educational Settings

Research in Educational Settings

Volume: 29

May 1992 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"With a frank and discursive style, the authors address both the problems of access and the problems of researcher control. The result is a readable but realistic guide to the strategies required for valid investigations in educational settings. . . . The book is practical and useable. It gives a case study at the start, provides exercises after each chapter and is clearly written." --School Psychology International To date little material has been written about the pitfalls of conducting research in schools--until now. Research in Educational Settings helps prospective educational researchers plan their research more carefully in K-12 schools. This welcome addition to the research field focuses on the following issues: access and credibility in the school; traditional issues of designing research; questions that emerge as the design is imposed on the school culture and setting, particularly in regards to school staff and student assessment; the length of interventions and whether or not to schedule follow-up studies; and, how to interpret and communicate findings to schools and policymakers. Using personal experiences from their field research to illustrate key concepts, the authors also include a research project to clarify the practical issues of school research. Professionals and students of research methods, evaluation, education, psychology, and sociology will readily welcome this much awaited volume.

Educational Research
What an Interesting Idea

Getting Started
Accessing School Populations

Establishing Credibility, Increasing Understanding, and Gaining Commitment
Dreaming an Impossible Dream?

Issues of Design, Sampling, and Analysis
School Personnel
Committed, Indifferent, or Resistant

Selecting Measures
Comprehensiveness and Depth of Assessment Versus Brevity and Efficiency

How Long Does My Study Need To Be?
Implementing the Research
Hoping for the Best and Coping With the Worst

Data Analysis and Interpretation
What Does It All Mean?


This is a very informative book that highlights areas for development and strengths of different settings. I would suggest students teachers and NQT's may find this useful if they are organising a setting. The research contingent is also useful if a student was researching a variety of settings.

Mrs Andrea Morgans
General Education, Barry College
July 27, 2011

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