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Doing Educational Research

Doing Educational Research

First Edition
  • Clive Opie - Part-time lecturer at Hull University in the School of Education

February 2004 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`A welcome and helpful addition to the shelves of tutors and students working on masters programmes. It will be most beneficial supporting students on programmes where there is a substantial research training component. It offers important exemplars of using computer software in qualitative analysis' - Educational Review

`This book is aimed at Master's students who are engaging in educational research for the first time. [It] provides teacher-researchers with the additional information they need so they can go on to read further and more in depth, having more confidence in the accessibility of such studies. I found it does this well, and is an ideal point of reference for those who are just embarking on a Master's degree. A useful glossary is provided, giving detailed but 'readable' explanations of key terms and phrases' - Primary Practice

Doing Educational Research offers a hands-on guide for students engaged in educational research. It provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key qualitative and quantitative methods necessary for those commencing research for the first time. Through a detailed yet concise explanation, the reader is shown how these methods work and how their outcomes may be interpreted.

Providing all the essentials for the first-time researcher, the book includes:

· a variety of examples and case studies to illustrate how the methods and techniques can be used in `real-life' contexts

· practical guidance on time management planning research projects and writing reports.

· a broad coverage - including qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analysis using computer software, ethical issues and the writing-up and presentation of data.

This engaging book has been written by a team of leading researchers with over sixty years of cumulative experience. It has a student-friendly structure which will make it accessible and popular with undergraduates and postgraduates. It will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers, helping them to undertake effective research in education.

Clive Opie
What Is Educational Research?
Pat Sikes
Methodology, Procedures and Ethical Concerns
David Hyatt
Writing Research
Jon Scaife
Trust Me - I'm a Researcher
Clive Opie
Research Approaches
Clive Opie
Research Procedures
Clive Opie
Presenting Data
Ann-Marie Bathmaker
Michael Pomerantz
Using ATLAS.ti
Clive Opie
Quantitative Analysis
A Glossary of Terms


This is an informative read. It outlines key themes and ideas in planning and conducting research. It is valuable to those undertaking reaserch for the first time and would support moth masters and doctoral studies.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
January 12, 2012

This book is on our 'essential reading' list for students who are doing educational research at Masters lever for their PG Cert. One of its strengths is its ability to contextualise methods and strategies to practical application by using case studies and lots of real life examples.

Mrs Mary Clark
Education , City of Bristol College
December 20, 2011

Although aimed as Master's research, this book provides valuable support for undergraduate students, particularly the chapters on Methodology and Writing

Thoby Miller
Sociology , University
October 13, 2011

Easy to read. This book explains research methods and how and why they are used.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
January 25, 2011

This book is good for the basis of research will will aid the students in their dissertation in 3rd year

Mrs Gail Milburn
school of health and social care, University of Teesside
January 12, 2011

An excellent book for post graduate students covering a wide range of key issues in educational research

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
November 23, 2010

Very good for anyone coming to education research. Highly recommended - essential in fact!

Dr Snezana Lawrence
School of Education, Bath Spa University
October 1, 2010

A good basic introduction to Educational research. It is a good place for readers of the subject to begin. I would suggest further reading for those looking for an in-depth discussion, but a sensible place to start.

Mr Warren Evans
ICE House Project, Cornwall College
September 11, 2010

This book is an essential purchase for the students as it is a fantastic introduction to Educational Research. It gives a clear guide and provides a suitable rationales for choices of methodological approach. As a text it is a great introduction for first time researchers in Education.

Mr Alan Thomson
Physical Education , Edge Hill University
February 4, 2010

This is a useful reource for any student undertaking educational research.

Miss Orlagh Mccabe
interdisiplinary studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
November 13, 2009

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