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Doing Your Education Research Project

Doing Your Education Research Project

Second Edition

January 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you are a trainee teacher or experienced practitioner new to research, or are simply wondering how to get started on your education research project, this practical book will be your guide. The authors offer simple steps to ensure that you ask the key questions in the most effective way possible. The book guides you through the entire research process: from clarifying the context and conceptual background, to presenting and analysing the evidence gathered.


Supported by examples, checklists and diagrams, this fully revised and updated edition includes a wealth of information on:

  • Research design
  • Evidence gathering techniques
  • Practitioner research
  • Ethics
  • Data analysis techniques.

This book will be valuable to anyone begining a research or a professional or a professional or school development project, whatever stage they are at within the teaching community, from training for QTS, higher degree, or in need of evidence-backed decisions for the strategic development of their school.

The Place of Research Within the Classroom and School
Analysing the Context in Order to Ask the Right Questions
Reviewing Existing Theories and Findings
Models of Research
Identifying Sources
Documentation: Examining Existing Evidence
Observing: Individuals, Groups and Environments
Direct Questioning: Surveys and Questionnaires
A Cyclical Model of Research: Action Research
Collating and Reporting Qualitative Evidence
Collating and Presenting Quantitative Evidence
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations
Developing Academic Skills

'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style.  The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research.  Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

Dr. Mary McAteer, Director, MaST Programme
Edge Hill University

This book is a must for students writing a dissertation. IT covers everything and is very user friendly.

Mrs Kaytie Holdstock
Education, Worcester University
April 22, 2021

Suitable for a wide range of researchers. Easily accessible and relevant for practitioners and students

Mrs Linzi McKerr
Institute of Education, University of Worcester
February 10, 2016

A useful and well written book for students writing an individual research project

Mrs Tara Ball
Stoke Campus, Staffordshire University
August 31, 2016

This is a great introductory text for those who want to start doing education research. It is well laid out and focuses on areas of research likely to be useful for practitioners. We are using it with an international audience on our course as it is well presented with easy to understand sections, chapter summaries, references and helpful models.

Dr Phil Kirkman
Faculty of Education, Cambridge University
May 6, 2016

Clearly written book divided into three sections; the planning of data collection (what needs to be considered, the data collection including a subsection on ethical issues that need to be borne in mind and the third section which looks at the analysis of data. Trainees have found all three sections very useful for their research projects

Mr Yvert de Souza
Teacher Development Department, Ealing, Hammersmith & W.London College
October 21, 2015

This is a very useful book for students embarking on a dissertation project, in the area of education.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
June 17, 2015

Useful book for 3 year undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

A well written easily accessible text for students.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 23, 2015


Ms Moira Savage
Institute of Education, Worcester University
April 21, 2015

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

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