Teachers Doing Research An Introductory Guidebook

ISBN-10: 020543536X
ISBN-13: 9780205435364
Edition: 2005
Authors: R. Murray Thomas
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Book details

List price: $68.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The purpose of this brief text is to prepare teachers to be efficient classroom researchers and to deduce useful answers to educational questions. The book performs that task by describing typical steps in the conduct of research on classroom topics, with each step accompanied by a host of specific examples of what the step entails in the study of a wide variety of questions about life in elementary and secondary schools. Features: bull; bull;Organized into the eight major steps in conducting research, from choosing a topic to reporting the results. bull;Includes specific examples of research projects from preschool through high school with multiple, realistic examples. bull;Illustrates and evaluates appropriate sources of research topics so that teachers can readily brainstorm or adapt ideas for topics. bull;Illustrates specific steps in searching for both print and electronic literature with examples that help make the research process easier for teachers. bull;Describes six qualitative and three quantitative research methods, along with advantages and limitations, to help teachers compare methodologies and understand their use. bull;Covers all aspects of the most popular data collection methods. bull;Outlines six ways to report and publish research outcomes to illustrate the alternative ways that results can be disseminated. bull;Includes exercises, problems, and a ";planning guide"; at the end of each chapter to provide students with immediate opportunities to apply the information in practical situations.

Tracey Steele is an associate professor of sociology at Wright State University. Her current research focuses on the construction of gender and sexual identity. Her most recent work explores how gender affects attitudes towards capital punishment.R. Murray Thomas taught for 32 years, before retiring in 1991. He is the author of over 300 publications and has published 48 books. His research interests include moral development, folk psychologists, and international education.

Each chapter concludes with "Planning Guide."
Preface
What This Book Is About
What Is Research?
What Are Schooling Topics?
Why Do Teachers Do Research?
How Is Information Collected?
Where Is Such Research Reported?
How Might This Book Help?
Finding and Defining Research Topics
Sources of Research Topics
Distinguishing Between Better and Worse Topics
Phrasing Topics Precisely
Creating Definitions
Starting to Write
Consulting the Literature
What to Hunt for in the Literature
Ways to Survey Print Literature
How to Search the World Wide Web
Useful Databases
Research Method-Qualitative
The Process of Selecting a Method
A Way to Analyze Methods
Histories
Biographies and Autobiographies
Experience Narratives
Ethnographies
Activity Analyses
Research Method-Quantitative
Surveys
Experiments
Techniques for Gathering Data
Observations
Interviews
Questionnaires
Content Analyses
Tests
Organizing Information
Classification Systems
Descriptive Statistics
Graphic Displays
Interpreting the Outcomes
Status
Causation
Comparisons
Evaluation
Extension
Prediction
Reporting the Results
Oral Presentations
Popular Periodicals
Theses and Dissertations
Journals and Bulletins
The Internet
Books and Book Chapters
References
Index

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