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Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Introduction to Research Methods in Education

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398 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Based on the popular Introduction to Social Research Methods, this book offers a highly accessible, clear and engaging introduction to research in education, which has been carefully and extensively developed to fully meet the needs of those studying in education and related fields.

Introduction to Research Methods in Education focuses on helping the reader develop a clear, logical, and conceptual understanding of the nature of empirical research in education, and of how those ideas lead to and underlie the principal research techniques. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches are covered, along with practical guidance on issues such as how to prepare a research proposal, write a literature review, and analyze different types of data.

This book is an ideal introduction to researching in an educational context for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and will be a must-have for anyone studying on a research methods course or doing a research project for themselves.
Theory and Method in Education Research
The Context of Ethics in Education Research
Research Questions
From Research Questions to Data
Literature Searching and Reviewing
Qualitative Research Design
Collecting Qualitative Data
The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Quantitative Research Design
Collecting Quantitative Data
The Analysis of Quantitative Data
Mixed Methods Research
Research Writing

'[This book ] is well targeted, with the usual range of summaries, suggestions for further reading, study questions and exercises, and boxed examples. The chapters on quantitative research design, data collection and analysis are particularly well pitched for novice researchers, and I can certainly see how these chapters could be used in a teaching and learning context, with students new to, or with little confidence of quantitative approaches' -
British Journal of Sociology of Education

A very useful reference text for our students on the Research Methodology Module of the Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning. It is also proving highly beneficial for our students preparing for their dissertation on the BA Honours in Education and Professional Practice.

Ms Rosemary Childs
Teacher Education, Havering College of FE & HE
December 19, 2014

I requested this book to compare to Cohen et al.'s Research Methods in Education - while Punch's was very useful, essentially so for quantitative methods, I found that Cohen's was a slightly better fit for our course, where the focus is more on qualitative approaches.

Dr Jim Clack
Department of Primary Education, Bedfordshire University
September 29, 2014

This book provides an essential guide to research methods for the Special Educational Needs Coordinators on the National Award for SEN Co-ordination course who are undertaking individual practitioner enquiries. The book gives clear explanations and aids practitioners to select the most appropriate methods for their research.

Mrs Julie Wharton
Faculty of Education, Winchester Univ.
July 14, 2014

This is a really useful text for our beginning MA students who are undertaking their first module.

Ms Ruth Buxton
Faculty of Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
January 31, 2014

Ideal text for my students to take their first steps into research. An ideal accompliment to my research module and I fully recommend this text to my students.

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
November 21, 2013

I like the organization of the text. It focuses on the development of the proposal and does not get bogged down in statistics, which is not the focus of the course.

Dr John Freeman
Ed Leadership Grad Stds Div, University of Tennessee
September 27, 2013

A very good synthesis and very accessible to students.

Dr Susana Castro
Education, University of Roehampton, London
September 14, 2013

This is my second collection of the books written by Keith F Punch. The first one which I bought titled "Developing Effective Research Proposal" is a master piece. Since then, I felt in love with books written by Keith Punch. Introduction to Research Methods in Education is a must-have textbook for any researcher or any other undergraduate or postgraduate student. This books offers a clear and engaging concepts in research, which have been carefully selected and extensively developed to meet the needs of those studying research or doing research projects for themselves.

Professor Sello Mokoena
Teacher Education, University of South Africa
August 5, 2013

Some students felt this text book would be used for supplemental reading

Curriculum , Leek College
May 14, 2013

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