Evaluation Methods in Research


Author: Judith Bennett
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826464781
Category: Social Science
Page: 108
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Intended as a guide for those wishing to draw on research techniques in order to inform the planning and undertaking of multi-method evaluation studies of educational initiatives. While it is possible to undertake evaluation without reference to research, the formal evaluation of education initiatives is enhanced by the use of research approaches to gather information on the nature of the developments that have taken place and/or merit and worth of the initiatives. In a climate where the question, "Does it work?" is being asked with increasing frequency, this book will consider ways of designing multi-method evaluation studies to help answer this question.

What is Narrative Research?


Author: Corinne Squire,Molly Andrews,Mark Davis,Cigdem Esin,Barbara Harrison,Lars-Christer Hyden,Margareta Hyden
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1849669708
Category: Social Science
Page: 144
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Narrative research has become a catchword in the social sciences today, promising new fields of inquiry and creative solutions to persistent problems. This book brings together ideas about narrative from a variety of contexts across the social sciences and synthesizes understandings of the field. Rather than focusing on theory, it examines how narrative research is conducted and applied. It operates as a practical introductory guide, basic enough for first-time researchers, but also as a window onto the more complex questions and difficulties that all researchers in this area face. The authors guide readers through current debates about how to obtain and analyse narrative data, about the nature of narrative, the place of the researcher, the limits of researcher interpretations, and the significance of narrative work in applied and in broader political contexts.

Researching education

data, methods and theory in educational enquiry
Author: David Scott,Robin Usher
Publisher: Burns & Oates
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 179
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Using Focus Groups in Research


Author: Lia Litosseliti
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441141804
Category: Education
Page: 104
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Focus Groups are often under-used as a valuable tool for research. This practical and extremely well-written guide offers advice on: * planning and organising focus groups * what types of questions to use* the limitations and advantages of using these groups as research methods* collecting the data at group sessions* how to analyse the data produced

Key Ideas in Educational Research


Author: David Scott,Marlene Morrison
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826479907
Category: Education
Page: 302
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It is easy for newcomers to educational research to be confused by the wide range of terms used in the field and consequently for them to find it challenging to relate such terms to their own research and practice. This comprehensive guide consists of 120 concise but illuminative essays providing: - an explanation and definition of the term - alternative explanations and definitions of the term - the context in which it is used by educational researchers - exemplars as to how the term is used and used be used in practice - references to further literature - cross-references to other terms in the book.

Effective Action Research

Developing Reflective Thinking and Practice
Author: Patrick J. M. Costello
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441163751
Category: Education
Page: 132
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Research Interview


Author: Bill Gillham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 144116023X
Category: Political Science
Page: 104
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The Research Interview acts as an aid to students and professionals who aim to achieve high standards of research, either when training in research methods is unavailable or when practical guidance is needed.This book provides a comprehensive knowledge of the basic techniques of interviewing as well as lessons in controlling an interview schedule, using the techniques of questioning prompting and probing and analyzing the contents of interviews.

Using Everyday Numbers Effectively in Research


Author: Stephen Gorard
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826488307
Category: Social Science
Page: 94
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Illustrates how numbers can be used successfully for research purposes - without you ever having to consider confidence intervals, probability densities, Gaussian distributions, or any of those complicated and generally useless things that appear in treatises on statistics. This guide is useful for educational and social science researchers.

Ethics in Research


Author: Ian Gregory
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826464774
Category: Social Science
Page: 80
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"Ian Gregory explores how ethical concerns influence not only how research is conducted but also how researchers engage with a piece of research. Also analysed in detail is the impact ethics have on the interpretation of data and research findings."--BOOK JACKET.

An Analysis of Thinking and Research About Qualitative Methods


Author: W. James Potter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136688668
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 408
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Written for social science scholars who want to learn more about the qualitative way of thinking, this book addresses the full continuum of issues about the qualitative methodologies. At one end of that continuum are the deeply philosophical concerns of ontology and epistemology. At the other -- concrete -- end of that continuum are the practical issues of what is considered evidence: How does one go about gathering evidence? Where, when, and how does one analyze evidence? What are the alternative ways of dealing with tone and voice in writing qualitative research? The attention to practical, concrete issues makes this book useful as a handbook providing a great deal of vital information to scholars who want a guide to making decisions as they navigate their research questions through the qualitative realm. Uniquely qualified to write such a book, Potter has earned PhDs in both qualitative methods (with a concentration in linguistics and field studies) and in quantitative methods (with a concentration in social science theory and statistics). The book is not an ideological argument that glorifies one system of thinking while attempting to persuade the reader that other systems of thinking are bankrupt. Rather, the book presents a respectful, balanced analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative approach. The book builds to a controversial final chapter entitled "Is Convergence a Possibility?" in which Potter synthesizes a conclusion from his analysis of a wide range of qualitative studies across three broad topic areas -- text focused research, audience focused research, and institution focused research -- and across seven major qualitative methodologies -- ethnography, ethnomethodology, reception study, ecological psychology, symbolic interactionism, cultural studies, and textual analysis. His conclusion is that not only is there a possibility of a convergence between qualitative and quantitative approaches, but that the convergence has already happened. The book includes an appendix in which 95 books and articles using the qualitative approach are abstracted and analyzed to illustrate key points of methodology and methods. It also includes subject and author indexes.

Research Methods in Education


Author: Joseph Check,Russell K. Schutt
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483342093
Category: Education
Page: 440
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Research Methods in Education introduces research methods as an integrated set of techniques for investigating questions about the educational world. This lively, innovative text helps students connect technique and substance, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions. It weaves actual research "stories" into the presentation of research topics, and it emphasizes validity, authenticity, and practical significance as overarching research goals. 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). This tripartite conceptual framework honors traditional quantitative approaches while reflecting the growing popularity of qualitative studies, mixed method designs, and school-based techniques. This approach provides a comprehensive, conceptually unified, and well-written introduction to the exciting but complex field of educational research.

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis
Author: Barry Cooper,Judith Glaesser,Roger Gomm,Martyn Hammersley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441100636
Category: Education
Page: 288
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An exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues.

Researching Post-Compulsory Education


Author: Jill Jameson,Yvonne Hillier
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826467126
Category: Social Science
Page: 106
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Practitioners in the further education sector need to develop confidence in their own research practices and establish recognition within higher education of practitioner research in further education. This book will help staff in this sector to develop their professional practice through their research.

Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology

Integrating Diversity With Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods
Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483322602
Category: Education
Page: 536
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Focused on increasing the credibility of research and evaluation, the Fourth Edition of Donna M. Mertens’s comprehensive Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into its descriptions of these methods. Providing specific advice on conducting research in culturally complex communities, the new edition has been updated to align with the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation requirements. Approximately sixty percent of the content in the Fourth Edition is new, updated with numerous contemporary examples, making this book one of the most comprehensive, accessible, and practical methods books available. Praise for the previous edition: “The organization of the text reflects the author’s intent, philosophy, and objectives . . . [Mertens] clearly presents approaches, descriptions, and many examples useful in conducting studies; she is to be commended for the thoroughness of her work.” —Frank D. Adams, Wayne State College “Excellent descriptions, definitions, examples, and narrative about social science theory and the various paradigms. Mertens’ use [of] a wide variety of social identities to provide her examples makes the text inclusive of a variety of diverse identities. It is also useful to see the differences between [research and evaluation] and to select methods appropriate to the intention of the inquiry.” —Katrina L. Rodriguez, University of Northern Colorado

Research and Gender


Author: Liz Jones,Ian Barron
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 144
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This fascinating book illustrates the complex relationship between gender and research. The authors use concrete examples and draw upon their own gendered experiences by including mini-case studies from research projects in areas such as childhood studies, health care and education.

Qualitative Research in the Study of Leadership


Author: Karin Klenke
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1785606506
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 424
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This text offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of qualitative methods in leadership research. The book equips leadership researchers at all levels with the knowledge to make informed choices of research strategies. The second edition features 50% new research and includes new developments in qualitative research methods.

What is Qualitative Research?


Author: Martyn Hammersley
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1849666067
Category: Reference
Page: 144
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This book illuminates the problems and perspectives of qualitative research and offers researchers a comprehensive overview of the various types of .

Educational Research and Inquiry

Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Author: Dimitra Hartas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474243827
Category: Education
Page: 384
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This comprehensive textbook encourages the reader to contextualise their understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods by drawing links between the research question and its theoretical framework with the choice of the quantitative/qualitative methodology and analyses. It encourages a theoretical appreciation of the field of inquiry and to balance the emphasis on methods with reviewing the literature and understanding the wider context of research. Each chapter contains user-friendly features, such as: key terms, summaries, case studies, examples and suggested further reading. Exercises are suggested throughout the text, encouraging the reader to look at easily accessible data sets and use prompts to formulate research questions and produce a mini study. A companion website supports the text, providing easy access to supporting material, including revision questions and an annotated list of useful websites. This text will be invaluable reading for students on Research Methods in Education MA programmes, as well as those embarking upon their PhD, EdD or MPhil in education. Research fellows and other educational researchers will also find this book a useful resource.

An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research


Author: Elizabeth G. Creamer
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483350940
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research by Elizabeth G. Creamer provides the tools needed to design, execute, and evaluate fully integrated mixed methods research studies. A uniting metaphor of the architectural arch helps students understand the benefits of a mixed methods approach as they consider ways to integrate the qualitative and quantitative strands at all stages of design and execution. With use of examples from popular media and published research, this text also includes a detailed discussion of ways to accomplish mixing methods during data collection and analysis and a separate chapter on designing and executing a realistic mixed methods dissertation.