Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

© 2012 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This work will be of immense value to those who are undertaking a significant post-graduate research study in Education. The array of impressive contributors writes in an accessible and clear manner, and brings the attention of the reader to both technical and conceptual terms. This book certainly will be an addition to my own reference library'
- Susan Groundwater-Smith, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney


This straightforward and jargon-free book will provide students with the theoretical understandings, practical knowledge and skills they need to carry out independent research. The international contributors identify key research methodologies, data collection tools and analysis methods, and focus on the direct comparisons between them.

Each chapter sets out the strengths and weaknesses of a key research method by:

  • identifying specific research designs
  • presenting a series of relevant data collection tools
  • highlighting which analytical methods which can be used.

The chapters cover the full range of methods and methodologies, including internet research, mixed methods research and the various modes of ethnographic research.

Additional online materials are also available including links to useful journal articles enabling further reading and exploration of each chapter.

This is a key book for M-level students and other postgraduates within Education and Educational Research Methods courses.

James Arthur is Head of School and Professor of Education and Civic Engagement at the University of Birmingham, UK. Michael J. Waring is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Human Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. Robert Coe is Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University, UK. Larry V. Hedges (PhD) is Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy, at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, US.

James Arthur
How This Book Can Help You
Robert Coe
The Nature of Educational Research: Exploring the Different Understandings of Educational Research
Michael Waring
Finding Your Theoretical Position
Larry V. Hedges
Design of Empirical Research
Laura Day Ashley
Planning Your Research
Robert J. Coe
Conducting Your Research
Marilyn Leask
Research Impact and Dissemination
Dimension 1: Research Designs
Carol Munn-Giddings
Action Research
Rob Walker
Naturalistic Research
Ghazala Bhatti
Ethnographic and Representational Styles
Robert Thornberg
Grounded Theory
Jenni Karlsson
Visual Methodologies
Laura Day-Ashley
Case Study Research
Ian Davies and Andrew Peterson
Issues of Truth and Justice
Anna Vignoles
Surveys and Longitudinal Research
Stephen Gorard
Statistical and Correlational Techniques
Emma Smith
Secondary Data
Steve Higgins
Impact Evaluation
Peter Tymms
Interventions: Experiments
Mark Newman and Kelly Dickson
A Systematic Review
Gert Biesta
Mixed Methods
Richard Pring
Philosophical Research
Dimension 2: Data Collection Tools
Michael V. Angrosino
Observation-Based Research
Carolyn L. Mears
In-Depth Interviews
Rosalind Hurworth
Techniques to Assist with Interviewing
Anita Gibbs
Focus Groups and Group Interviews
Rhona Sharpe and Greg Benfield
Internet-Based Methods
Axel Bruns and Jean Burgess
Doing Blog Research
Gary McCulloch
Documentary Methods
Carole Torgerson, Jill Hall and Kate Light
Systematic Reviews
Peter Tymms
Ronald K. Hambleton
Measurement and Validity
Dimension 3: Analysis Methods
Graham R. Gibbs
Software and Qualitative Data Analysis
Paul Connolly
Statistical Analysis Tools
Elaine Vaughan
Discourse Analysis
Michael Atkinson
Claudia Mitchell
Visual Methodologies and Social Change
Michael Waring
Grounded Theory
Judith L. Green, Audra Skukauskaite and W. Douglas Baker
Ethnography as Epistemology
Michael Tedder
Biographical Research Methods
Michael Borenstein
Statistical Hypothesis Tests
Harvey J. Keselman and Lisa Lix
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Stephen Gorard
Multiple Linear Regression
Mike Seltzer and Jordan Rickles
Multilevel Analysis
Robert Coe
Effect Size
Larry V. Hedges

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 7: Research Impact and Dissemination , Marilyn Leask

Chapter 8: Action research, Carol Munn-Giddings

Chapter 10: Ethnographic and Representational Styles, Ghazala Bhatti

Chapter 11: Grounded Theory, Robert Thornberg

Chapter 12: Visual Methodologies, Jenni Karlsson

Chapter 14: Issues of Truth and Justice, Ian Davies and Andrew Peterson

Chapter 15: Surveys and Longitudinal Research, Anna Vignoles

Chapter 16: Statistical and Correlational Techniques, Stephen Gorard

Chapter 17: Secondary Data, Emma Smith

Chapter 19: Interventions: Experiments, Peter Tymms

Chapter 20: A Systematic Review, Mark Newman and Kelly Dickson

Chapter 21: Mixed Methods, Gert Biesta

Chapter 23: Observation-Based Research, Michael Angrosino

Chapter 24: In-depth Interviews, Carolyn Mears

Chapter 25: Techniques to Assist with Interviewing, Rosalind Hurworth

Chapter 26: Focus Groups and Group Interviews, Anita Gibbs

Chapter 27: Internet Methods in Educational Research, Rhona Sharpe and Greg Benf

Chapter 28: Doing Blog Research , Axel Bruns

Chapter 29: Documentary Methods, Gary McCulloch

Chapter 31: Questionnaires, Peter Tymms

Chapter 32: Measurement, Ron Hambleton

Chapter 33: Software and Qualitative data analysis, Graham R. Gibbs

Chapter 35: Discourse Analysis, Elaine Vaughan

Chapter 36: Media Analysis, Mike Atkinson

Chapter 40: Biographical Research Methods, Michael Tedder

Chapter 42: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Harvey J. Keselman and Lisa Lix

Chapter 44: Multilevel Analysis, Mike Seltzer and Jordan Rickles

'This work will be of immense value to those who are undertaking a significant post-graduate research study in Education at the M. Phil or PhD level. As well it will be helpful to commissioners of research who may have expertise in one method or another, but not the across-the-board insight when evaluating proposals that employ varied and innovative methods. Its array of impressive contributors writes in an accessible and clear manner and brings the attention of the reader to both technical and conceptual terms.

Not only does the handbook provide the reader with a range of research methods with their associated costs and benefits, but also draws attention to the need for careful and systematic planning at all stages of the inquiry. It cautions against employing any method without first evaluating its appropriateness to the questions being investigated, that is, the commensurability of the research to the purpose of the inquiry.

As a seasoned researcher I found myself refreshed and curious regarding the ongoing debates that continue to circulate around matters of validity and generalisability in increasingly complex contexts. It certainly will be an addition to my own reference library'
-Susan Groundwater-Smith
Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

This book gives an excellent overview of the basics of research methods and methodologies . Unfortunately it does not match the level of the students of my course. Most of the students of my course will be focused on action research and will prefer readings about this specific topic .

Mr Peter Snijders
Windesheim University, Windesheim University
September 19, 2015

Extensive range of methodologies and methods. Many chapters of the book are based mostly on theoretical knowledge and little on practical skills.

Dr Nicoleta Gaciu
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
July 3, 2015

Very detailed and comprehensive research methods book. Excellent for anyone interested in research methods in education.

Dr Patricia Castanheira
School of Education, Brighton University
June 15, 2015

I have included this text on the essential reading list. While I would refrain from calling this a 'page-turner,' it is refreshingly user-friendly. It covers a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, going into just enough detail (with well-chosen examples) to provide the reader with a good basic understanding of each field.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
May 27, 2015

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