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Doing Your Education Research Project

Doing Your Education Research Project

224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"While many scholars write about the importance of practitioner research, few have offered practitioners practical and accessible guidance about the nuts and bolts of researching practice.  This volume contributes greatly to filling this void."

—James P. Spillane, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin, Northwestern University

Doing Your Education Research Project guides you through the whole process of successfully organising and completing your education research project. The authors aim to provide you with the confidence and skills to engage in research which leads to qualification and can genuinely inform decision making.

By establishing links between the teaching and research processes, the authors show how to adopt a robust approach to research which will ensure that your research project has a secure focus, conceptual framework and methodology.

Key topics covered are:

  • Planning and preparation
  • Carrying out practical research
  • Reporting and gathering evidence
  • Presentation and analysis
  • Putting research back into practice

Intended Audience:
The book is relevant to all students on undergraduate teacher training courses and educational professionals doing research either as part of a professional and academic qualification or for self and organisational improvement.

Section 1 Think before you do
The benefits of practical research
Analysing situations – identifying issues
Reviewing existing ideas
Section 2 Planning and preparation
Who to ask
How to ask – decisions, decisions!
How to ask – surveying the situation
How to ask – observing operations and outcomes
How to ask – deciphering documentation
How to ask – action research
Section 3 Reporting – making sense of the outcomes
Presenting your findings
Analysing – comparing evidence
Conclusions and recommendations: identifying key findings

A very practical approach for my degree students in preparing for their research article. It takes you through the process from forming a literature review to a conclusion.

I will be recommending this book to current & future cohorts.

Mr Dave Morgan
Secondary Education , Reaseheath College
July 2, 2014

Excellent book - clearly written and good range of information to help learners undertaking research project.

Mrs Alicia Hawkes
Education, Totton College
September 9, 2013

An excellent read. This book provides a very good overview of being involved in a research project. It is clearly written and very accessible to a range of readers.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
December 11, 2012

Well written and very clear. The chapter objectives at the start and opportunities for further reading at the end are useful. The explanation of research terminology is particularly useful as is the diagram on page 65. The case studies explaining the theory offer opportunities for discussion.

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

Simple and easy to read. Good for undergraduate research students.

Dr Namrata Rao
Education, Liverpool Hope University
March 7, 2012

Excellent reference book!
Clear advice and instruction as to how to complete a research project.

Mrs Gail Ramsome
Dept of Childhood Studies, Hull College
February 16, 2012

The book has some relevant areas for the Literature Review module, but does not meet all the module requirements and therefore cannot receive any higher reccomendation.

Mr Gerard Ryan
Business School, Staffordshire University
February 13, 2012

This is a clear book that covers all of the important issues. It does not over simplify issues but it guides the student through stages of research through asking pertinent questions. It will be invaluable to masters students.

Dr Pete Allison
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
November 29, 2010

this book discusses all the methods and considerations needed when conducting research in education

Mrs Kerrie Lee
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 27, 2010

This book is easy to follow, concise, succinct and will make the introduction to research methods less complicated than other books that have previously been used. The fact that the book is educational research specific, also helps students to focus upon ethical and data collation principles that are relevant to their research projects. This is one of the most accessible research methods books for early educational researchers that I have come across.

Mr Alan Thomson
Physical Education , Edge Hill University
April 26, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Neil Burton

Neil Burton is Partnership Manager and Associate Tutor of education masters courses with the University of Leicester, having worked in teacher education for several universities for the past 20 years. He is a member of the editorial board of Education 3-13 and is a recent past Chair of the Association for the Study of Primary Education. In addition to working with several school-based initial teacher training providers, he also teaches children (6-18 years-old) in schools on a regular basis for the joy of it. More About Author

Mark Brundrett

Professor Mark Brundrett is Professor of Educational Research and Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Services at Liverpool John Moores University (CERES). More About Author

Marion Jones