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Getting Started in Your Educational Research
Design, Data Production and Analysis

Edited by:
  • Clive Opie - Part-time lecturer at Hull University in the School of Education
  • Desma Brown - Head of Education at the University of Essex
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April 2019 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A one-stop shop for anyone undertaking educational research for the first time, this text focuses on the development and application of key skills necessary for successful research.

Packed with useful exercises, checklists and case studies, this book will allow the reader to apply their skills across a range of essays, presentations and reports. Using digestible language to explain complex terminology and processes simply, the authors explore working with and presenting data and the software options available to students, including NVivo, SPSS and Excel. The text will help students to:
  • Understand the language of educational research
  • Frame their research questions and design their research
  • Judge the quality of educational research
  • Explore and justify research approaches and procedures (methods)
  • Analyse and present their data
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Online Resources
 
Chapter 1: Carrying Out Educational Research – The Start of Your Journey
 
Chapter 2: Research, Theory and Worldviews
 
Chapter 3: Framing the Research
 
Chapter 4: Literature Review
 
Chapter 5: Ethics
 
Chapter 6: Judging the Quality of Educational Research
 
Chapter 7: Write or Wrong? Conventions and Myths in Academic Literacy
 
Chapter 8: Research Approaches
 
Chapter 9: Research Procedures
 
Chapter 10: Analyzing and Presenting Your Research Data
 
Chapter 11: Understanding and Applying Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Chapter 12: Using NVivo in Your Research
 
Chapter 13: Understanding Quantitative Data Analysis
 
Chapter 14: Using Excel/SPSS in Your Research
 
References

An exceptional introduction to research for students in education and beyond. Written by authors with in-depth understandings of student needs and research realities, and accompanied by a great wealth of additional resources, this volume constitutes a major publishing achievement.

Christos Varvantakis
Goldsmiths College, University of London

This comprehensive guide to carrying out educational research will be invaluable for teachers, trainee teachers and Masters students. Each chapter guides you through the process of completing meaningful educational research, will support your own professional development and impact positively on the learners you work with.

David Owen
Head of Department of Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University

A book of its own kind with a few highly valuable chapters that are usually not a part of Research Books. These chapters are a great contribution as a guide and a saviour for researchers from making most common mistakes.

Fizzi Sabir
University of Adelaide

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Chapter 1: Carrying out Educational research - the start of your journey


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Clive Opie

In his 30-year career in higher education Clive has had a variety of extensive teaching and management roles in Sheffield University, Manchester Metropolitan University as Deputy Director of Education, and finally Bradford College as Dean of Education. Throughout his career he has maintained his teaching of research procedures and data analysis. His substantial teaching experience with undergraduates on Initial Teacher Education and Educational Studies courses, as well as practising teachers studying for their Masters, has provided him with extensive understanding of the needs of those starting their foray into educational research. In... More About Author

Desma Brown

Dr Desma Brown has extensive experience in the teaching of research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. As Director of the MEd at Bradford College she played a key role in supervising numerous students from the initial stages of development of their research proposals through to successful completion of their dissertations. In her role as a visiting lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, she also taught research methods and worked with undergraduate Education Studies students in framing their research. Desma’s current role is as the Head of Education for Kaplan Open Learning (University of Essex online).... More About Author

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