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Designing and Conducting Research in Education
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Designing and Conducting Research in Education



April 2008 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The research process in this book begins with identification of the research question and proceeds through each step including planning data collection, actual collection and analysis of the data, and writing the report.

This text proceeds through multiple methodologies including experimental and non-experimental, quantitative and qualitative. At every step the emphasis is on planning and executing the study.

Key features:

o Simulations and feedback that may be used in class sessions for both individual and small group participation

o Pedagogy to help students plan and conduct a research project in an actual classroom

o Examples that demonstrate and explain what constitutes good and poor research questions

o Case studies and 'real life' examples related to education

o A Student Web site that provides students with the opportunity to interact with contemporary articles.

This book provides an introduction to research that emphasizes the fundamental concepts of planning and design. It is designed to be a core text for the very first course on research methods.

Preface

 
 
Part I: Overview of Research
 
Chapter 1: The Foundations of Research
Chapter Objectives

 
Perspectives on Educational Research

 
Defining Ways of Conducting Research

 
Foundations of Research

 
Research Types and Methods in Brief

 
The Research Process

 
Summary

 
About Simulations

 
Simulation 1.1

 
 
Chapter 2: The Research Process
Chapter Objectives

 
Finding a Topic to Research

 
Steps in the Scientific Method

 
Summary

 
Simulation 2.1

 
 
Chapter 3: Ethical Issues in Conducting Research
Chapter Objectives

 
Ensuring the Protection of Human Participants

 
Ethical Considerations in Quantitative and Qualitative Research

 
Monitoring Ethics in Research: Institutional Review Boards

 
Ethics and Professionalism

 
Summary

 
Simulation 3.1

 
 
Chapter 4: Participant Selection and Assignment
Chapter Objectives

 
Participant Selection

 
Participant Assignment

 
Summary

 
Simulation 4.1

 
 
Chapter 5: Measures and Instruments
Chapter Objectives

 
Selection and Definition of Criterion Measures

 
Instruments or Tasks

 
Summary

 
Simulation 5.1

 
 
Part II: Research Methods and Designs
Chapter 6: Quantitative Research Methodologies

 
Chapter Objectives

 
Defining Quantitative Research

 
Basic Experimental Design Formats

 
Traditional Group Experimental Designs

 
After the Design: Analysis and Interpretation

 
Summary

 
Simulation 6.1

 
 
Chapter 7: Designing Non-Experimental Research
Chapter Objectives

 
Defining Experimental and Non-Experimental Research

 
Survey Research

 
Observation Studies

 
Summary

 
Simulation 7.1

 
 
Chapter 8: Introduction to Qualitative Research and Mixed-Methods Design
Chapter Objectives

 
An Overview of Qualitative Research

 
Mixed Methods

 
Summary

 
Simulation 8.1

 
 
Chapter 9: Research Design Pitfalls
Chapter Objectives

 
Types of Design Validity

 
Threats to Experimental Design Validity

 
Standards of Rigor

 
Summary

 
Simulation 9.1

 
 
Part III: Data Analysis and Results Interpretation
 
Chapter 10: Statistics Choices
Statistics: What and Why

 
The Decision Tree: Moving from the Question to the Analysis

 
The Importance of Data Type in Selecting Statistics

 
Summary

 
Simulation 10.1

 
Simulation 10.2

 
 
Chapter 11: Data Tabulation
Chapter Objectives

 
Aggregating Data

 
Tables

 
Graphing Data

 
Summary

 
Simulation 11.1

 
 
Chapter 12: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter Objectives

 
Categories of Descriptive Statistics

 
Summary

 
Simulation 12.1

 
Simulation 12.2

 
 
Chapter 13: Inferential Statistics
Chapter Objectives

 
General Background of Inferential Statistics

 
Difference Questions: Which Statistic and When

 
Relationship Questions: Which Statistic and When

 
Summary

 
Simulation 13.1

 
Simulation 13.2

 
 
Chapter 14: Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter Objectives

 
Preliminary Analysis

 
Post Data-Gathering Analysis

 
Inductive and Deductive Analyses

 
Phenomenological Analytical Techniques

 
Reporting Qualitative Research

 
Summary

 
Simulation 14.1

 
 
Chapter 15: Interpreting Results
Research as an Integrated Process

 
Interpretation of Results

 
Acquiring Interpretation Skills for Research

 
Summary

 
Simulation 15.1

 
 
Appendix A: Table of Random Numbers
 
References
 
Glossary/Index

“These authors have done a masterful job in unpacking the fundamental issues in research and disciplined inquiry. They consistently help their readers to understand that in research, as in life, it essentially boils down to validity and reliability.” 

                                                                                    —Wayne H. Slater, University of Maryland

“The authors achieve an authentic voice in their text. They explain concepts clearly and concisely, while providing appropriate examples to support their assertions. Finally, the authors engage the novice researcher (or consumer of research) with engaging ideas and prose . . . they consistently unpack complex, abstract concepts in a clear, lucid fashion.” 

                                                                                    —Wayne H. Slater, University of Maryland

Wayne H. Slater
Univresity of Maryland

“The book is perfect for introductory students and does not swim in its own self-importance. The language is top notch, the examples are helpful, and the graphic features (tables, figures) are uncomplicated and contain important information in an easy-to-understand format.”

—John A. Huss, Northern Kentucky University

John A. Huss
Northern Kentucky University

"The simulations and activities provide valuable engaging experiences for a range of “school leaders.” They are well thought through and provide reflection on issues ranging from confidentiality to professional ethics."

—James E. Barr, Nicholls State University

James E. Barr
Nicholls State University

“The Student Workbook and Simulated Problems is a valuable component that clearly differentiates this research textbook from others. I highly recommend this workbook as a valuable component to any research course, regardless of level. The book’s treatment of time-series designs is also valuable.”

—Alfred P. Rovai, Regent University

Alfred P. Rovai
Regent University

clear explanations of concepts that are unfamiliar to my students, great examples, well organized

Dr Laura Massa
Assessment, Loyola Marymount University
September 30, 2011

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