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Doing Your Education Research Project
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Doing Your Education Research Project

Second Edition


January 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you are a trainee teacher or experienced practitioner new to research, or are simply wondering how to get started on your education research project, this practical book will be your guide. The authors offer simple steps to ensure that you ask the key questions in the most effective way possible. The book guides you through the entire research process: from clarifying the context and conceptual background, to presenting and analysing the evidence gathered.

 

Supported by examples, checklists and diagrams, this fully revised and updated edition includes a wealth of information on:

  • Research design
  • Evidence gathering techniques
  • Practitioner research
  • Ethics
  • Data analysis techniques.

This book will be valuable to anyone begining a research or a professional or a professional or school development project, whatever stage they are at within the teaching community, from training for QTS, higher degree, or in need of evidence-backed decisions for the strategic development of their school.

 
PART ONE: THINK BEFORE YOU DO
 
The Place of Research Within the Classroom and School
 
Analysing the Context in Order to Ask the Right Questions
 
Reviewing Existing Theories and Findings
 
PART TWO: GATHERING EVIDENCE: WHAT EVIDENCE, WHO FROM, AND HOW TO COLLECT IT
 
Models of Research
 
Identifying Sources
 
Documentation: Examining Existing Evidence
 
Observing: Individuals, Groups and Environments
 
Direct Questioning: Surveys and Questionnaires
 
A Cyclical Model of Research: Action Research
 
PART THREE: MAKING SENSE OF THE OUTCOMES
 
Collating and Reporting Qualitative Evidence
 
Collating and Presenting Quantitative Evidence
 
Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Quantitative Data Analysis
 
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations
 
Developing Academic Skills

Developing teachers as researchers is central to classroom and whole school improvement. This book provides the necessary guidance without over complication to support the novice practitioner researcher. This will be a valuable addition to the recommended reading list on our MA Education programme.

Paul Spencer MA, FHEA
Module Leader
MA Education
Edge Hill University.

Mr Paul Spencer
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
January 16, 2015

This is a good supplementary publication for those starting educational research.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
December 24, 2014

Nicely set out, takes you through all of the necessary steps, particularly for the first time researcher. some good examples provided and a gentle introduction to both qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis. nice clear diagrams and graphs which directly relate to the text or the example being given. I will be recommending this book to my students as a good introductory text.

Ms Kirsten Stevens-Wood
Care and Continuing Education Department, Ystrad Mynach College
October 6, 2014

Really useful in providing an accessible guide to approaching Education research- good for those starting education reasearch at post graduate level along side their teaching practice.

Miss Sarah McGrath
School of Education, Chester University
July 30, 2014

This is a really good introduction to educational research. Its main strength, in my opinion, is that it emphasises the 'so what' question and places everything in a practical, intuitive context. (The academic and professional background of the authors is of clear help!)

A valuable resource that will help many students regard their dissertations as a lot more than jumping through an administrative hoop. Great for undergraduate and MA students.

Dr Florentina Taylor
Education, University of York
April 28, 2014

Doing you Education Research Project (2nd Ed.) is a practical book which is aimed to cater practitioners working towards their educational research topic. Each chapter has objectives, several case studies and references. One of the best chapters is focusing of ethical issues (e.g. examples how to write participant information sheets, consent form etc.). I would recommend this book for level 6 and onwards.

Mrs Paivi Valtonen
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
April 19, 2014

Accessible and easy to navigate with well-structured headings and sections. Straightforward covering a useful overview of methods.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty, Chester University
April 14, 2014

Excellent research providing a great start point for this subject. Particularly good is the section on Ethics.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 21, 2014

This is a useful text for all undergraduates. It uses case studies and provides working examples which are easy to follow. The tables and diagrams illuminate complex aspects of research making this a very accessible text.

Mrs Helen Rowe
Education and theology, York St John University College
February 14, 2014

Provides a helpful overview of methods to complete an educational research project. The case studies, worked examples and templates are particularly helpful to facilitate research design.

Dr Nikola Sambandan
Medical and Dental Education, St Bartholomew's Hosp Medical College
February 13, 2014

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