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The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research

The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research

Two Volume Set
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December 2016 | 1 170 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.
Ian Menter
01 Reasons for Education Research
Mary Lou Rasmussen
02 The role of theory in research
Hannah Farrimond
03 The Ethics of Research
Sean Kelly
04 Shared principles of causal inference in qualitative and quantitative research
Joseph A. Maxwell
05 The Validity and Reliability of Research: A Realist Perspective
Jill Denner, Erica Marsh & Shannon Campe
06 Approaches to Reviewing Research in Education
Peter Tymms
07 Purposes for Educational Research
Patrick White
08 Research Questions in Education Research: their neglect, role and development
Stephen Gorard
09 An introduction to the importance of research design
Roger Gomm
10 A positivist orientation: hypothesis testing and the 'scientific method'
David Scott
11 Interpretivism as a Theory of Knowledge
R. Burke Johnson, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Cornelis de Waal, Tres Stefurak & David Hildebrand
12 Unpacking Pragmatism for Mixed Methods Research: The Philosophies of Peirce, James, Dewey, and Rorty
Kathleen Collins
13 Sampling Decisions in Educational Research: Criteria, Designs, Challenges
Gary McCulloch
14 Historical Research
Larry E. Suter
15 Using International Comparative Studies in Achievement in Educational Research
Sara Delamont
16 Ethnography
Robert Thornberg
17 Grounded Theory
Malcolm Tight
18 Case Study Research
Alice Sullivan & Lisa Calderwood
19 Surveys: longitudinal, cross-sectional and trend studies
Carole J. Torgerson & David J. Torgerson
20 True Experimental designs
Mary Brydon-Miller, Maricar Prudente & Socorro Aguja
21 Lighting a Spark, Seeing the Light: Educational Action Research as Transformative Practice
Sandy Oliver & Janice Tripney
22 Systematic review and Meta-Analysis
Pamela Sammons & Susila Davis
23 Mixed Methods Approaches and their Application in Educational Research
Pamela E. Davis-Kean & Justin Jager
24 Using Secondary Data Analysis for Educational Research
Rebecca Eynon
25 Researching in digital environments
Jerry West
26 Access, Sites and Settings
Frank Hardman & Jan Hardman
27 Observation and recording classroom processes
Amanda Berry & Monica Taylor
28 Personal experience methods in practitioner research
Mark Nelson
29 Multimodality, Meaning and Data Analysis
Amir Marvasti & Carrie Freie
30 Research Interviews
Stacey Bielick
31 Surveys and Questionnaires
Stephen G. Sireci & Joshua Marland
32 Measurement
Susan Jekielek
33 Cataloguing and organizing data
Terri D. Pigott
34 The Role of Theory in Quantitative Data Analysis
Jeffrey T. Steedle
35 Descriptive statistics
Paul E. Jose & Agnes Szabo
36 Inferential statistics
Stephen Gorard
37 How should numeric data be analysed?
Barbara B. Kawulich
38 Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data
Myrte Gosen & Tom Koole
39 Conversation Analysis
Christoph A. Hafner
40 Discourse analysis/Critical discourse analysis
James B. Schreiber & Lyndsie N. Ferrara
41 Content Analysis
Betsy McCoach & Sarah D. Newton
42 Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Chao-Ying Joanne Peng
43 Logistic Regression
Harvey Goldstein
44 Multilevel modelling for educational data
Roser Beneito-Montagut
45 Big Data and Educational Research
Guillermo Solano-Flores
46 Generalizability
Pat Thomson
47 Writing about research
Mark Rickinson
48 Communicating Research Findings
Inger Mewburn & Pat Thomson
49 Social media and academic publishing
Larry E. Suter
50 Evaluation of and Accountability for Individual and Institutional Research on Education
Chris Brown
51 Using Research Findings

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) has worked with SAGE to develop a high quality research methods handbook for students studying education and related areas. The book is published in two volumes and over 1,000 pages, so a substantial resource by any scale. The contributions are listed thematically in six parts, progressing from a background to research enquiry, through planning research, approaches or design, acquiring data, analysis and lastly reporting, disseminating and evaluation. Over 50 authors are included, many highly eminent in their fields. This handbook makes a valuable and authoritative contribution to the research endeavour for all those working or studying in the field of education.

Steve Strand
Professor of Education, University of Oxford

This handbook is very timely. Its structure and contents will be of great interest to British Educational Research association members, surely, but also to a much more broad audience. The editors aim to help education researchers craft thorough, theoretically sound research methods and approaches to counteract some of the ways ideologies trump evidence in relation to educational policy decisions.  Chapters in various sections delineate steps in the research process, offering deep dives into data collection and analysis. The volume’s contents will be of interest to those embarking on new projects, from practicing researchers to those just learning about education research.

Jessica Pandya
Professor of Education, California State University, Long Beach

This Handbook, so well conceptualized and now realized by Wyse, Selwyn, Smith and Suter offers an authoritative and thoughtful set of insights, ideas, approaches and understandings about research. The Handbook illustrates the importance of educational research whilst also making clear that pushing the boundaries and working at the cutting edge is crucial for educational development and meaningful change. In the range of authors and topics examined through the Handbook, new insights into shaping what we know, how we know it and why it counts immediately comes to the fore. This Handbook offers the methodological support essential to answering the important questions in education today.

John Loughran
Executive Dean of Education, Monash University

Bringing together an array of the best known and respected authors in the field, The BERA/Sage Handbook of Educational Research provides a comprehensive compendium of educational research approaches, and represents an outstanding and timely contribution to the discipline. Ambitious in its breadth and depth, this collection addresses all stages of the research journey from design to dissemination, a rich variety of different research methods, and the different theoretical debates informing methodologies. This Handbook will be an indispensable manual for new educational researchers, and a stimulating resource for established researchers.

Becky Francis
Director of UCL Institute of Education

In this collaboration between a professional society, the British Educational Research Association, and a publisher, SAGE, we have a comprehensive Handbook of Educational Research that speaks to issues of research conceptualization and philosophical underpinnings, methodological rigor—both qualitative and quantitative—and application to policy and practice.  The educational researcher seeking one source for advice (albeit in two volumes!) is likely to find it here. The graduate student pursuing a career in academia, policy or practice is likely to find the Handbook remarkably useful and accessible. The Handbook is, as well, a response to those critics of educational research who claim it’s fraught with methodological weakness, pointy headed intellectualism, or both.

Richard J. Shavelson
Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and I. James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education (Emeritus), Stanford University and former President of the American Educational Research Association

"Rare is the work that is accessible enough to serve as an introduction and in depth enough to serve as a reference source for seasoned professionals. The handbook does both, and is deserving of a place on the bookshelf of every educational research professional. This book is recommended for academic libraries"

S. Mofford

Although relevant to those at any stage of their career, this Handbook will be of particular value to new and emerging researchers, including doctoral students. As a student in the final stages of doctoral thesis writing, one of us found the combination of theory and practice backed up by real world examples pertinent to each stage of their research. Reading this Handbook, the reader begins to appreciate how educational research has developed as a discipline historically, academically and practically. 

Charlotte Vidal-Hall and Richard Race
London Review of Education
London Review of Education

Anybody who is currently carrying out educational research will benefit from the material in this Handbook.

Richard Race & Charlotte Vidal-hall
British Journal of Educational Studies
British Journal of Educational Studies

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