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Doing Educational Research

Doing Educational Research
Overcoming Challenges In Practice

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June 2019 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Every educational research project has challenges and obstacles that need to be managed and overcome. This book uses real case studies employing a wide range of research methodologies and drawn from educational contexts across Europe to explore these challenges offering flexible and universal guidance that you can apply to your own research.

Published in partnership with EERA, this book is:

·    Realistic and informed: It explores a range of perspectives on educational research, from planning to data collection to international collaboration

·    Challenging: It integrates a holistic and critical view on the process of educational research

·    Culturally aware: It covers a variety of research projects from different countries and encourages you to challenge dominant perspectives in education

This is the first major English language textbook for postgraduate and postdoctoral education researchers that represents and explores the range of research traditions that exist throughout Europe and what they mean in practice.

PART I: Getting Ready for the Unexpected
Sofia Marques da Silva and Lucien Ciolan
An Introduction to Challenges in Educational Research
Marit Honerød Hoveid and Angelika Paseka
Chapter 1: Doing Educational Research
PART II: Negotiating Research Contexts and Demands from the Field
Maria P. Figueiredo and Nelson Gonçalves:
Chapter 2: Entering a Fluid Research Field
Karin Doolan and Linda Liebenberg
Chapter 3. Using Photo-Elicitation Interviewing to Bridge Social Gaps
Anja Sieber Egger, Gisela Unterweger and Christoph Maeder
Chapter 4. Producing and Sharing Knowledge with a Research Field
PART III: Exploring Other Paths for Interpretation
Gábor Halász
Chapter 5: Doing Systematic Literature Reviews – ‘Net-Fishing’ or ‘Whale Hunting’?
Sabine Krause, Gertraud Kremsner, Michelle Proyer and Raphael Zahnd
Chapter 6: Doing Participatory Stories Research – Detoxing Narratives,
Tim Mainhard, Theo Wubbels and Perry den Brok.
Chapter 7: Doing Multi-Level Statistical Modelling with Hierarchically Nested Samples
Liselott Aarsand and Pål Aarsand
Chapter 8: Doing Data Analysis – Collaboration, Creativity and Critique
PART IV: Building a Common Ground for Understanding
Sarah Désirée Lange
Chapter 9: Discussing Sociological Gaps and Power Relations in an International Setting
Herbert Altrichter, Miriam Galvin, Gerry McNamara and Joe O’Hara
Chapter 10: Addressing the Context in Cross-National Comparative Research
Rocío García-Carrión, Aitor Gómez & Javier Díez-Palomar
Chapter 11: Organising International Collaborative Research for Social Inclusion
PART V: Bridging Research and Policy
Lucian Ciolan, Romita Iucu, Anca Nedelcu and Catalina Ulrich Hygum
Chapter 12: Shaping the Research Puzzle in an Intervention Project
Tamara Katschnig, Corinna Geppert, Mariella Knapp, Michaela Kilian, Sonja Bauer-Hofmann and Tanja Werkl
Chapter 13: Navigating a Multi-Perspective, Multi-Level and Longitudinal Research
Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Antje Brock and Nadine Etzkorn
Chapter 14: Meeting the Expectations of Different Actors at the Science-Policy Interface – Monitoring of Education for Sustainable Development in Germany
PART VI: Getting Ready for an Open Future
Angelika Paseka, Marit Honerød Hoveid, Lucian Ciolan, Sofia Marques da Silva
Chapter 15: Educational Research – a Space of Risk and Uncertainty

"This refreshing book leaves standard methods texts behind, offering emerging researchers a truly unique set of practical insights into the complexity of methodological dilemmas and challenges they might face in the  unpredictable real world of educational settings;  immersing readers in diverse, authentic examples from international studies will help develop open-mindedness, criticality, intercultural awareness and reflexivity."

Dr Sara Hennessy
Reader in Education, University of Cambridge

This collection of work by international scholars and experienced researchers within the field of social science offers fresh insights and makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning landscape of educational research. Compelling arguments based upon an eclectic range of concrete examples of empirical research drawn from multiple sites and lines of enquiry challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions, epistemological perspectives and more traditional approaches which serve to encourage readers to push the boundaries and contemplate new ways of seeing, doing, analysing, interpreting and understanding educational research. The adoption of a questioning and critically reflective stance not only enables readers to recognise the possibilities but moreover the challenges, pitfalls and lessons learned from different approaches to educational research, which are succinctly captured in researcher checklists. A recurring theme which permeates this book is the desire to engage in ethical research practice that has integrity, particularly against the backdrop of uncertainty and growing concerns about the future direction/s of educational research. Early career and experienced researchers will find this an indispensable resource.


Dr Paula Nadine Zwozdiak-Myers
Brunel University London

- Gives good insight into research practices for beginners.
- A broad range of different methods is presented.

Dr Mathias Krammer
Educational Science, University of Graz
December 13, 2019

Marit Honerød Hoveid

Marit Honerød Hoveid is professor of pedagogy at department of education and lifelong learning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her first degree Cand.Polit in Social Pedagogy is from the University of Oslo in 1989, and her PhD from NTNU in 2009. She has worked in teacher education for over 16 years but is now working with a disciplinary approach to pedagogy/education at NTNU. Her research is centered around foundational questions related to education, teaching and learning, and to methodology of research. Hoveid has a longstanding relationship with EERA, her term as secretary general ended in 2016. She is now a... More About Author

Lucian Ciolan

Lucian Ciolan, PhD is professor of Educational Research & Policy at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, where he is also serving as dean. His main academic fields of interest include (but are not limited to): influencing decision-making through public / educational policy, cognitive neurosciences applied in behavioral change, learning research and teacher education.  Starting with 2014, Lucian became member of the EERA Council, representing Romania and now he is president of ARCE – Romanian Educational Research Association. Alongside his academic activity, Lucian was extensively involved in... More About Author

Angelika Paseka

Angelika Paseka is Professor for Educational Science with a bias on school education and professionalism at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She holds a doctorate in Sociology and has a post-doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in Educational Science. She has been working in teacher education since 1992 at several institutions in Austria (College of Teacher Education/Vienna, University of Vienna and Linz) before changing to the University of Hamburg in 2010. Her current research interests focus teacher professionalism, uncertainty and family-school-partnership and she is expert in qualitative methods in educational research.... More About Author

Sofia Marques da Silva

Sofia Marques da Silva is Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal, in the field of Research Methodologies and Sociology of Education and member the Educational Research and Intervention Centre and INESC-TEC.  She holds a PhD in Educational Sciences since 2008 and has been doing research in the field of inclusion, diversity and youth and published at national and international level. She is the coordinator of the national project GROW.UP – Grow up in border regions in Portugal: young people, educational pathways and agendas” (FEDER/FCT) and the co-coordinator of... More About Author

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