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Research in Educational Settings

Research in Educational Settings

Volume: 29
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Education | Simulation & Gaming

144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This volume aims to help prospective educational researchers plan their research in schools more carefully. It focuses on such issues as: access and credibility in the school; traditional issues of designing research; questions that emerge as the design is imposed on the school culture and setting particularly with regard to school staff and student assessment; the length of interventions and whether or not to schedule follow-up studies; and how to interpret and communicate findings to schools and policy makers.

Using personal experiences from their field research to illustrate key concepts, the authors have also included a research project to clarify the practical issues of school research.

Educational Research
What an Interesting Idea

Getting Started
Accessing School Populations

Establishing Credibility, Increasing Understanding, and Gaining Commitment
Dreaming an Impossible Dream?

Issues of Design, Sampling, and Analysis
School Personnel
Committed, Indifferent, or Resistant

Selecting Measures
Comprehensiveness and Depth of Assessment Versus Brevity and Efficiency

How Long Does My Study Need To Be?
Implementing the Research
Hoping for the Best and Coping With the Worst

Data Analysis and Interpretation
What Does It All Mean?


This is a very informative book that highlights areas for development and strengths of different settings. I would suggest students teachers and NQT's may find this useful if they are organising a setting. The research contingent is also useful if a student was researching a variety of settings.

Mrs Andrea Morgans
General Education, Barry College
July 27, 2011

Geoffrey M. Maruyama

My interest in what happens in diverse urban schools began when I became involved in a study of school desegregation while in graduate school. Those interests have led me to study a range of issues in schools, including school schedules and structures, teaching approaches such as cooperative learning and conflict resolution, social influence processes, and student background characteristics including poverty, type of housing, language, ability, and race/ethnicity. This work has been facilitated by time I spent in the Saint Paul Public Schools as their director of research, evaluation and assessment. Recently, my work has moved beyond... More About Author

Stanley Deno

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.