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Research Methods in Education

Research Methods in Education

First Edition

October 2011 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Research Methods in Education is an innovative new text for teaching introductory research methods that addresses emerging instructional needs. It weaves actual research "stories" into the presentation of research topics, and it emphasizes validity, authenticity, and practical significance as overarching research goals. This tripartite conceptual framework honours traditional quantitative approaches while reflecting the growing popularity of qualitative studies, mixed method designs, and school-based techniques.

The text is divided into three sections: Foundations of Research (5 chapters), Research Design and Data Collection (7 chapters), and Analyzing and Reporting Data (3 chapters). Together they provide a comprehensive, conceptually unified, and well-written introduction to the exciting but complex field of educational research.

Features and Benefits

- Each chapter begins with a research question that is addressed throughout the chapter to maintain students interest as the chapter develops

- Examples of published research studies related to the opening question are then used as examples throughout the chapter.

- Chapters conclude with a section on ethical considerations for the topics covered in that chapter.

- Abundant end-of-chapter questions and exercises in 4 sets: Discussion Questions, Practice Exercises, Web Exercises, and Developing a Research Proposal

- Strong ancillary support for instructors and students with testbank and PowerPoint slides, SAGE journal articles, self-quizzes, interactive exercises, and more.

Part I. Foundations of Research
1. Science, Schooling, and Educational Research
Learning About the Educational World

The Educational Research Approach

Educational Research Philosophies


2. The Process and Problems of Educational Research
Educational Research Questions

Educational Research Basics

The Role of Educational Theory

Educational Research Goals

Educational Research Proposals, Part I


3. Ethics in Research
Historical Background

Ethical Principles


4. Conceptualization and Measurement

Measurement Operations

Levels of Measurement

Evaluating Measures


5. Sampling
Sample Planning

Sampling Methods

Sampling Distributions


Part II. Research Design and Data Collection
6. Causation and Research Design
Causal Explanation

Criteria for Causal Explanations

Types of Research Designs

True Experimental Designs

Quasi-Experimental Designs

Threats to Validity in Experimental Designs



7. Evaluation Research
What Is Evaluation Research?

What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?

How Can the Program Be Described? Creating a Program Logic Model

What Are the Alternatives in Evaluation Design?

Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research


8. Survey Research
Why Is Survey Research So Popular?

Errors in Survey Research

Questionnaire Design

Writing Questions

Survey Design Alternatives

Combining Methods

Survey Research Design in a Diverse Society

Ethical Issues in Survey Research


9. Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

Participant Observation

Intensive Interviewing

Focus Groups

Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research


10. Single-Subject Design
Foundations of Single-Subject Design

Measuring Targets of Intervention

Types of Single-Subject Designs

Analyzing Single-Subject Designs

Ethical Issues in Single-Subject Design


11. Mixing and Comparing Methods and Studies
Mixed Methods

Comparing Reserch Designs

Performing Meta-Analyses


12. Teacher Research and Action Research
Teacher Research: Three Case Studies

Teacher Research: A Self-Planning Outline for Creating Your Own Project

Action Research and How It Differs From Teacher Research

Validity and Ethical Issues in Teacher Research and Action Research


Part III. Analyzing and Reporting Data
13. Quantitative Data Analysis
Why We Need Statistics

Preparing Data for Analysis

Displaying Univariate Distributions

Summarizing Univariate Distributions

Relationships (Associations) Among Variables

Presenting Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics


14. Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis

Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis

Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis


15. Proposing and Reporting Research
Educational Research Proposals, Part II

Reporting Research

Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports


Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix C: Finding Information, by Elizabeth Schneider and Russell K. Schutt
Appendix D: Table of Random Numbers
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

A comprehensive book on research methods which will give students a good grounding in the field of educational research. The chapters are easy to read and information is easy to locate. I would recommend this book for students starting their research project/ dissertation. This book is useful for students to supplement their reading list for the foundation degree too.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
November 11, 2012

This book clearly supports the student in helping them to understand research methods in education with easy to understand diagrams and illustrations that help to clarify understanding.

Mrs Jayne Daly
Faculty of Buisness Law and Education, Staffordshire University
October 30, 2012

This is an excellent book for the complete beginner and I particularly like the writing style.

Miss June Fairclough
NEET, Darlington College
June 30, 2012

excellent reference book to guide students through the process of research in education

Mrs Mary Brown
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
April 24, 2012

This book gives a really solid base on which to build research. The student study site will also prove invaluable.

Ms Julie Burton
Psychology , Lincoln University
April 17, 2012

the research design and data collection section was very useful and informative.

Ms Yvonne Diggins
Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Limerick
February 22, 2012

A very well structured and informative book. It addresses many of the questions (beginning) researchers in education face. It gives both practical and more basic information.

Mrs Jacqueline Swet
Special Education , Fontys University of Applied Sciences
February 19, 2012

This is a very useful textbook which covers the areas expected from a compact and yet comprehensive introduction to research methods in education. The writing style is accessible and chapters are helpfully concluded with reference to the research terminology used and a summary of key points made. The chapters are linked together with the idea of writing a research proposal. This is useful for students in that the suggestions reinforce the research process and pre-empt the work needed in planning for a research project.

Dr Alaster Douglas
School of Education, Roehampton University
January 19, 2012

Joseph W. Check

Joseph W. Check, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He completed his B.A. at Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Tufts University. His prior publications include Politics, Language, and Culture: A Critical Look at Urban School Reform (Praeger, 2002), co-editorship of Writing Within School Reform, a monograph series of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and book chapters and articles on literacy, practitioner inquiry, and urban school reform. He has supervised dissertations in... More About Author

Russell K. Schutt

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is a professor and the chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Mental Health Center). He completed his BA, MA, and PhD (1977) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977–1979). His other books include Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Ray Engel), Making Sense of the Social World (with Dan Chambliss), and... More About Author

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