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Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

Second Edition
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March 2017 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The #1 resource for carrying out educational research

In order to carry out high-quality educational research, every aspect of the process needs careful consideration. This all-encompassing textbook gives a considered overview of principles that underpin research, key qualitative and quantitative methods for research design, data collection and analysis.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Includes new chapter on Ethics
  • Enhanced coverage of qualitative research
  • Thorough reworking's of chapters makes the new edition truly comprehensive
  • Robert J. Coe
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Robert J. Coe
    Chapter 2: The nature of educational research
    Michael Waring
    Chapter 3: Finding your theoretical position
    Larry V. Hedges
    Chapter 4: Design of empirical research
    Laura Day Ashley
    Chapter 5: Planning your research
    Robert J. Coe
    Chapter 6: Inference and interpretation in research
    Martyn Hammersley
    Chapter 7: Research ethics
    Carol Munn-Giddings
    Chapter 8: Action research
    Rob Walker
    Chapter 9: Naturalistic research
    Ghazala Bhatti
    Chapter 10: Ethnographic research
    Claudia Mitchell
    Chapter 11: Visual methodologies
    Michael Waring
    Chapter 12: Grounded theory
    Laura Day Ashley
    Chapter 13: Case study research
    Emma Smith
    Chapter 14: Secondary data
    Anna Vignoles
    Chapter 15: Longitudinal research
    Stephen Gorard
    Chapter 16: Statistical and correlational techniques
    Steve Higgins
    Chapter 17: Impact evaluation
    Peter Tymms
    Chapter 18: Interventions: experiments
    Gert Biesta
    Chapter 19: Mixing methods in education research
    Carole Torgerson, Jill Hall, Kate Lewis-Light
    Chapter 20: Systematic reviews
    Carolyn L. Mears
    Chapter 21: In-depth interviews
    Anita Gibbs
    Chapter 22: Focus groups and group interviews
    Rhona Sharpe & Greg Benfield
    Chapter 23: Internet-based methods
    Eve Stirling
    Chapter 24: Doing social media research
    Gary McCulloch
    Chapter 25: Documentary methods
    Peter Tymms
    Chapter 26: Questionnaires
    Ronald K. Hambleton
    Chapter 27: Measurement and validity
    Graham R. Gibbs
    Chapter 28: Using software in qualitative data analysis
    Paul Connolly
    Chapter 29: Statistical analysis tools
    Elaine Vaughan
    Chapter 30: Discourse analysis
    Michael Atkinson
    Chapter 31: Media analysis
    Michael Tedder
    Chapter 32: Biographical research
    Michael Borenstein
    Chapter 33: Statistical hypothesis tests
    H. J. Keselman & Lisa Lix
    Chapter 34: Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
    Stephen Gorard
    Chapter 35: Multiple linear regression
    Michael Seltzer & Jordan Rickles
    Chapter 36: Multilevel analysis
    Robert J. Coe
    Chapter 37: Effect size
    Larry V. Hedges
    Chapter 38: Meta-analysis

    An essential tool for researchers who wish to be widely versed in key methods and approaches, from experiments to ethnography.  The content is clear, practical, and concise, orienting beginning readers to important themes and issues and directing advanced readers to additional, in-depth resources. I highly recommend it.

    Heather C. Hill
    Professor in Education, Harvard University

    Excellent support for developing an understanding of the theories of learning

    Mrs Sophie Wilson
    School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
    October 4, 2019

    This textbook has admirable breadth and could provide a point of reference on a range of topics for students to explore comparisons with treatments in other texts. The best of the chapters such as Waring's on Grounded Theory and Hammersley's on Research Ethics offer a concise and lucid overview of their subject. Useful features include the brief and often challenging "questions for further investigation". The breadth of coverage means that more detailed texts will be needed for those seeking guidance on project design and research practice, but it has undoubted potential for providing introductory support on unfamiliar subjects.

    Dr Tony Cline
    Educational Psychology Group, University College London
    May 8, 2017

    This valuable book offers an insightful and systematic advice on the key aspects of methodologies and methods of data collection in educational research. It is essential for any student or a practitioner undertaking educational research as part of their studies or practice.

    Mrs Liana Beattie
    Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
    May 8, 2017

    A very well-written guide to research. Informative and insightful chapters. In particular the chapter on focus groups and group interviews is especially helpful as this is an area which is often misunderstood.

    Mrs Claire Owen
    Department of Education, Newman University
    April 11, 2017

    An excellent guide for degree level students. This book provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of methods. Each section is brilliantly explained allowing students to make an informed choice of suitable methods to employ in their research. In addition, a clearly written chapter on theoretical positions gives students a grounding in which to embed their research.

    Mrs Samantha Smith
    Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
    February 17, 2017

    This publication provides a good introduction for research methodologies. Provides a broad range of information which can be further explored in other publications/key text.

    Miss Tracey Canham
    Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
    February 15, 2017

    This is a wide-ranging text covering most if not all of the aspects of social research you are likely to teach at both undergraduate and Master's level in a both accessible but complex enough fashion to make it a very useful addition to any list of resources at both levels.

    Dr Clive Hedges
    School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
    February 15, 2017

    This book provides an excellent overview of research methods relevant to educational research and each chapter has been written by an expert in the field. The book covers a wide range of research methods and includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, as a result it is a valuable resource for those entering this area.

    Dr Julie-Ann Sime
    Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University
    February 14, 2017

    A really good overview into research methods and methodologies, which can be applied to subjects other than education.

    Dr Fiona Ponikwer
    School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sci., Brighton University
    February 14, 2017

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