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Designing Research in Education

Designing Research in Education
Concepts and Methodologies

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November 2016 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is a clear introduction to the methodological and philosophical debates in the field of education research. It sets out the key ideas, questions, and dilemmas which inform all research and then, through the careful use of case studies and practical advice from experienced researchers, grounds them in the specific concerns of education and educational studies.

Written by experienced academics and teachers the book links broad philosophical principles with practical strategies for designing and conducting ethical and effective research.

Perfect for postgraduate students planning their own research in education this book will help you to:

·         Understand the philosophical foundations of your work.

·         Conceptualise and refine your research question.

·         Pick the right methodology for your research.

·         Embed ethical considerations throughout your research.

This book is an ideal companion for any postgraduate student or early career academic conducting research across education and educational studies.

Part I: Concepts and philosophical issues informing research designs
Jon Swain
Chapter 1: Setting the Scene: Research and education
Jon Swain
Chapter 2: Designing Your Research in Education
Jon Swain
Chapter 3: Developing a Research Proposal in Education
Will Gibson
Chapter 4: Debates Around Epistemology in Education
Jon Swain
Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations in Research and Education
Part II: The application of the research designs
Jane Hurry
Chapter 6: Experimental Design in Education
Charlie Owen
Chapter 7: Survey Design in Education
Rebecca O’Connell
Chapter 8: Ethnography in Education
Mano Candappa
Chapter 9: Case Studies in Education
Olga Cara
Chapter 10: Mixed Methods in Education
Jon Swain
Chapter 11: Summary and Conclusions

This engaging and lively book is a landmark in the field of designing effective education research. It presents successful strategies drawn from highly experienced researchers and provides accessible and useful advice for doctoral students and early career researchers. Highly recommended!

Patrick Danaher
Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, University of Southern Queensland

This is a very valuable resource... it draws on a wide range of research examples and includes useful reflection and commentary from leading researchers.

Paula Clarke
School of Education, University of Leeds

This book has the potential to inform and frame the next generation of research scholars in education.

Stephen Dobson
Dean and Head of School of Education, University of South Australia

This is a great book! It provides knowledge about the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of educational research. It is engaging and provides rich information from experienced researchers for doctoral students and early careers researchers.  It is interesting and easy to read. I would highly recommend it. 

Athina Tempriou
Senior Lecturer, University of East London

This is not so much a 'how to' book, as a 'why to' book, at least in the first half. It explores some key concepts in research design for educational purposes and then, in the second half, suggests some ways in which these concepts can be practically applied across various research methods. Applications include surveys, ethnography, case studies and mixed methods. As an edited volume, it contains numerous voices which, in my view, makes it more diverse and interesting to read.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
February 17, 2017

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