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Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology

Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology
Integrating Diversity With Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Fifth Edition

February 2019 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Updated to align with the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation requirements.  

Focused on increasing the credibility of research and evaluation, the Fifth Edition of 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. Students will learn to identify, evaluate, and practice good research, with special emphasis on conducting research in culturally complex communities, based on the perspectives of women, LGBTQ communities, ethnic/racial minorities, and people with disabilities. In each chapter, Dr. Donna M. Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process—from the literature review to analysis and reporting—and includes a sample study and abstract to illustrate the concepts discussed.  

The new edition includes over 30 new research studies and contemporary examples to demonstrate research methods including:

  • Black girls and school discipline: The complexities of being overrepresented and understudied (Annamma, S.A., Anyon, Y., Joseph, N.M., Farrar, J., Greer, E., Downing, B., & Simmons, J.)
  • Learning Cooperatively under Challenging Circumstances: Cooperation among Students in High-Risk Contexts in El Salvador (Christine Schmalenbach)
  • Replicated Evidence of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Disability Identification in U.S. Schools (Morgan, et. al.)
  • Relation of white-matter microstructure to reading ability and disability in beginning readers (Christodoulu, et. al.)
  • Arts and mixed methods research: an innovative methodological merger (Archibald, M.M. & Gerber, N.)   
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About the Author
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Research and Ethical Practice
Why Bother?

What is Research?

Research Terminology

Approach Taken in This Book

Major Paradigms in Research: A Brief History of Research


Constructivist Paradigm

Transformative Paradigm

Pragmatic Paradigm

Politics, Legislation, and the Paradigms

Contested Territory: Quality, Causality, and Objectivity

Merging Paradigms—Across Differences

Chapter 2: Evaluation
Defining Evaluation

Distinguishing Research and Evaluation

History and Models of Evaluation

Resources and Processes for Conducting Evaluations

Steps in Planning an Evaluation

Standards for Critically Evaluating Evaluations

Ethics and Evaluation: The Guiding Principles

Questions for Critically Analyzing Evaluation

Evaluation Resources for Program and Policy Evaluations

Chapter 3: Literature Review and Focusing the Research
Reasons for Doing Literature Reviews

The Search Process

Critical Analysis of Literature Reviews

Questions for Critically Analyzing Literature Reviews

Chapter 4: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Importance of Experimental Design

Research Designs and Threats to Validity

Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Single-Group Designs

Other Design Issues

Challenges to Using Experimental Designs in Educational and Psychological Research

Transformative Perspectives Regarding Experimental Research

Postpositivist Rejoinder

Final Thoughts

Questions for Critically Analyzing Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Single Group Designs

Where to From Here?

Chapter 5: Causal Comparative and Correlational Approaches
Inherent Characteristics: Challenging Issues

Causal Comparative Research

Correlational Research

Questions for Critically Analyzing Causal Comparative and Correlational Research

Chapter 6: Survey Methods
Design Phase

Sampling Plan

Designing the Survey Instrument

Pilot Testing the Questionnaire

Language Differences between the Researcher and the Respondent

Special Types of Questions

Letter of Transmittal

Conducting the Survey

Data Analysis and Troubleshooting Your Survey Instrument

Questions for Critically Analyzing Survey Research

Chapter 7: Single-Case Research
Quality Issues in Single-Case Research

Design Options

Data Analysis In Single-Case Research

Questions for Critically Analyzing Single-Case Research

Chapter 8: Qualitative Research and Action Research
Basis for Selection of Qualitative Methods

Types of Qualitative Research

Data Collection

General Methodological Guidelines

Translation Issues in Multilingual Contexts

Qualitative Data Collection Methods

Critically Analyzing Qualitative Research

Questions for Critically Analyzing Qualitative Research

Chapter 9: History, Narrative Study of Lives, and Autoethnography
Why Study History?

Importance of Historical, Narrative, and Autoethnographic Research

Types of Historical, Narrative, and Autoethnographic Research

Steps in Conducting Historical-Narrative Research

Notes on Biographical Research

Notes on Autoethnographic, Autobiographical/Self-Study Research

Questions for Critically Analyzing Historical-Narrative Research

Chapter 10: Mixed Methods Research
Definition and Characteristics

Importance in Educational and Psychological Research

Philosophical Assumptions and Mixed Methods Research

Mixed Methods Design Options

Questions for Critically Analyzing Mixed Methods Research

Chapter 11: Sampling
Definition, Selection, and Ethics

External Validity (Generalizability) or Transferability

Defining the Population and Sample

Identification of Sample Members

Sampling Strategies

Sampling Bias

Access Issues

Sample Size

Ethics and Protection of Study Participants

Questions for Critically Analyzing Sampling Strategies

Chapter 12: Data Collection
Operationalizing Concepts

Quantitative Measurement Topics

Selection and Development of Quantitative Instruments

Developing a Data Collection Instrument

Qualitative Data Collection Methods

Mixed Methods and Data Collection

Standards for Judging Quality of Data Collection

Questions for Critically Analyzing Data Collection

Chapter 13: Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Use
Quantitative Analysis Strategies

Qualitative Analytic Strategies

Analytic and Interpretive Issues in Mixed Methods

A Research Plan: The Management Plan and Budget

Writing Research Reports

Utilization of the Research Results

Questions for Critically Analyzing Data Analysis and Interpretation



Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. 
Instructor Companion Website

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Chapter-specific exercises and activities offer practical application of the concepts and can be used in-class or as assignments.
  • Tables and figures from the book available for download.

This text aligns well with the various Research Methods courses offered in the Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS). This text is particularly relevant to/for those whose concentration is in Research, Methods, and Statistics (RMS).

Dr Natasha N. Johnson
Educ Policy Studies Dept, Georgia State University
November 23, 2019

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