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An Introduction to Educational Research

An Introduction to Educational Research
Connecting Methods to Practice

February 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Expand your understanding of educational research with this practice-first introduction.


Written specifically for education practitioners, An Introduction to Educational Research: Connecting Methods to Practice approaches research methods from a practice-first perspective that aligns research with professional experiences and identifies the tools and resources readers can use when conducting their own research. Throughout the book, the authors illuminate complex research concepts using problems of practice confronting educators to help readers make meaningful connections with key concepts and research practices. The authors present balanced coverage across research methodologies that is linked to practice, so readers clearly see research as a tool they can use to improve classrooms, schools, districts, and educational organizations.

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Part I: Examining the Foundations of Educational Research
Chapter 1: Studying Education Practice with Research
Practitioner-Scholars Defined

Using Problems of Practice to Frame Research

An Overview of the Problems of Practice

The Purposes and Types of Educational Research

Research Paradigms

Defining Research Methodologies and Research Methods

Chapter 2: Designing a Research Study
The Overarching Research Process

Designing a Research Study

Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature
The Importance of the Literature Review

Unpacking the Literature Review

Difference between Qualitative and Quantitative Literature Reviews

The Process of Conducting a Literature Review

Staying Organized and Updated: A Few Reminders

Using Technology to Complete the Literature Review

Chapter 4: Considering Research Ethics
Ethics and Educational Research

Legal and Institutional Ethical Requirements

Managing Research Relationships with Schools and Districts

Considering Ethics Across the Research Process

Emerging Ethical Challenges

Part II: Considering Approaches to Educational Research
Chapter 5: Introducing Qualitative Research
Characteristics of Qualitative Research

Qualitative Methodologies

Chapter 6: Introducing Quantitative Research
Quantitative Research: Aims and Purposes

Characteristics of Quantitative Research

Quantitative Research Designs

Chapter 7: Collecting Qualitative and Quantitative Data
Sampling Strategies

Site Access and Participant Recruitment

Collecting Qualitative Data

Collecting Quantitative Data

Considering Technology Tools to Support Data Collection

Chapter 8: Completing Qualitative Data Analysis
Defining Qualitative Data Analysis: Aims and Purposes

Carrying Out Qualitative Data Analysis

Issues of Validity in Qualitative Research

Technology that Supports Qualitative Data Analysis

Chapter 9: Completing Quantitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis: A Cyclical Approach

Descriptive statistics: Identifying Patterns, Trends, and Frequencies

Calculating Inferential Statistics

A Few of The Most Common Statistical Tests

Identifying Missing or Out-of-Range Data

Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Research

Technology that Supports Quantitative Data Analysis

Chapter 10: Introducing Mixed Methods Research and Analysis
Defining Mixed Methods Research

Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research

Mixed Methods Research Designs

Models of Mixed Methods Research

Selecting a Fixed or Emergent Mixed Methods Design

Beyond Selecting a Mixed Methods Model

Carrying Out a Mixed Methods Study

Mixed Methods Analysis

Chapter 11: Introducing Action Research
Overview of Action Research

The Action Research Cycle

Unique Considerations for Action Research

Using Technology in Action Research

Part III: Producing Research to Improve Practice
Chapter 12: Writing the Research
Engaging in the Academic Writing Process

The Basic Structure of a Research Report

Formulating Arguments and Presenting Findings

Technologies to Support Writing and Disseminating Research

Chapter 13: Using and Sharing Research to Improve Practice
Revisiting the Meaning of Practitioner-Scholarship

Technologies to Support Sharing Research

Summarizing the Research Process and the Methodologies Presented

Returning to the Place We Began: Problems of Practice




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While I appreciated a couple of the authors' chapters, I actually teach Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The examples and methods were too educationally focused.

Professor Caroline Hackerott
Sociology , Arkansas Tech University
December 1, 2016

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