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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

This book acts as a detailed guide for new researchers in education to the nuanced, and often demanding, inputs and outcomes inherent in educational research. It has a good blend of theory and practice, and uses both literature and examples to guide the reader through the various options that are available to them in their particular situation. I found that it was a helpful text and felt that it was constructed with a neophyte researcher in mind – which is ideal for our undergraduates. The authors have taken the care to match their aspirations for the book with the realities and experiences of students and their supervisor and tutors with in educational research.

Dr Ashley Casey
Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, University of Bedfordshire
April 19, 2010

very useful for students to use as a framework to construct their own research questions. It guides without being overly prescriptive.

Ms Babs Anderson
Education , Liverpool Hope University
April 2, 2010

An up to date and informative text

Mrs Valerie Keating
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
November 10, 2009

Detailed text, giving clear information.

Ms Jodi Roffey-Barentsen
Education , Farnborough College of Technology
October 9, 2009

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