Researching Education

Data, methods and theory in educational enquiry
Author: David Scott,Robin Usher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441153128
Category: Education
Page: 224
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This book examines the philosophical, historical, political and social contexts of research and the implications of these for the collection and analysis of data.

Evaluation Methods in Research


Author: Judith Bennett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441152180
Category: Education
Page: 118
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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.

Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics


Author: Brian Paltridge,Aek Phakiti
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826499252
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 370
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The Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics is designed to be the essential one-volume resource for students. The book includes: * qualitative and quantitative methods * research techniques and approaches * ethical considerations * sample studies * a glossary of key terms * resources for students As well as covering a range of methodological issues it looks at numerous areas in depth, including researching gender and language, language and identity, pragmatics, vocabulary, and grammar. Comprehensive and accessible, this will be the essential guide to research methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students in applied linguistics and language studies.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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

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 .

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 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.

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.

Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide

Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis
Author: Barry Cooper,Judith Glaesser,Roger Gomm,Martyn Hammersley
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441142207
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.

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.

The Action Research Dissertation

A Guide for Students and Faculty
Author: Kathryn Herr,Gary L. Anderson
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483358127
Category: Social Science
Page: 216
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The first edition of The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty was a first-of-its-kind reference, distilling the authors’ decades of action research experience into a handy guide for graduate students. The Second Edition continues to provide an accessible roadmap that honors the complexity of action research, while providing an overview of how action research is defined, its traditions and history, and the rationale for using it. Authors Kathryn Herr and Gary L. Anderson demonstrate that action research is not only appropriate for a dissertation, but also is a deeply rewarding experience for both the researcher and participants. This practical book demonstrates how action research dissertations are different from more traditional dissertations and prepares students and their committees for the unique dilemmas they may face, such as validity, positionality, design, write-up, ethics, and dissertation defense.

Focus Groups

A Practical Guide for Applied Research
Author: Richard A. Krueger
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483365220
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
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This updated edition of Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research walks readers step by step through the “how-tos” of conducting focus group research. Using an engaging, straightforward writing style, authors Richard A. Krueger and Mary Anne Casey draw on their many years of hands-on experience in the field to cut through theory and offer practical guidance on every facet of the focus group process, including tips for avoiding problems and pitfalls. The Fifth Edition is updated with the latest research and technological innovations and includes new coverage on planning with analysis in mind; creating conversational questions that have the potential for producing unique and valuable insights; the art of hosting a focus group; common sense thinking about reporting; more efficient strategies for planning the study; and emerging areas of focus group research, such as conducting cross-cultural, international, and Internet focus groups. “Krueger and Casey’s book does a magnificent job of incorporating both theoretical and practical approaches to the study of focus groups. It is the only hands-on book which explores the process of focus group research.” ? —Theresa Carilli, Purdue University Calumet