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Research Methods in Education

Research Methods in Education

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  • WANG Li - Professor and Deputy Director, UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Beijing
  • Peng Liping - Associate Professor and Director, International Centre for Teacher Education, East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai
  • Qutub Khan - Advisor, UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Beijing
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July 2018 | 608 pages | SAGE Texts

This book provides students with a sound theoretical understanding along with the practical knowledge and skills needed to carry out independent research in the field of education.

Designed to introduce students to the process of scientific research in education, Research Methods in Education goes beyond explaining the methods of empirical data collection and analysis. It encourages students and researchers to contextualise their knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research designs by drawing links between the research question and the underlying theoretical framework.

This book identifies key research methodologies, data collection tools (e.g., sampling and hypotheses testing), and data analysis methods, and focuses on the comparisons between them. Each chapter highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the key research methods.

Key Features:

· Numerous examples interspersed throughout the text exemplify the role of educational research in educational policy making across the globe.

· Each chapter comprises robust pedagogical features including short examples, detailed case studies, lists of key terms and suggested readings, and so on.

· Self-test exercises are spread throughout the text to aid understanding and easy-recollection of the topics learnt.

· Demonstrates the importance and ideal sequence of each of the research activities.


Educational Research: The Basics
Qualitative Research Designs
Quantitative Research Designs
Other Research Methods
Formulating Research Questions and Hypothesis
Selecting a Sample
Knowing our Data
Education Indicators
Data Collection: Observation, Interviews and Tests
Data Collection: Questionnaires and Surveys
Data Analysis: Classification and Tabulation
Data Analysis: Descriptive Methods and Index Numbers
Data Analysis: Inferential Methods and Analysis of Time Series
Data Presentation and Report Writing



Wang Li is currently Professor and Deputy Director at UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) in Beijing, China. Originally qualifying as an engineer in the area of water resources, then studied at United Nations University (UNU) in Geothermal Utilization, and then did his PhD in Comparative Study from Australia. He was employed by the Agricultural University of Hebei as a teaching assistant; then lecturer, Associate Professor and full Professor in 1995. In 1994 he was one of the persons responsible for setting up the UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED). In... More About Author

Peng Liping

Peng Liping is currently Associate Professor and Director, International Center for Teacher Education, and Deputy Chief, Basic Education and Further Education, East China Normal University. A resident of Shanghai, Dr Peng Liping has been handling varied academic and administrative positions over the last 30 years. He is the former editor of the Chinese version of Prospect published by the UNESCO International Bureau of Education. He has also been involved in a number of prestigious translation projects involving translation of classic English texts in various subject areas to Chinese More About Author

Qutub Khan

Qutub Khan (30 June 1947–3 December 2017) started his career as an Associate Professor of Economics in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and Delhi University in 1967. After working for about 10 years, he joined UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (UNESCO–IIEP) in 1979 as a Consultant. He worked at UNESCO headquarters and its regional and field offices and retired from UNESCO in 2009 as the Regional EFA and Literacy Coordinator for the Arab States. During his service with UNESCO, he participated in several international and national conferences, prepared policy documents and provided technical assistance to the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352806249