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Educational Research An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0205488498
ISBN-13: 9780205488490
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $212.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Preface
About the Authors
Introduction
The Nature of Educational Research
Contributions of Research to Knowledge about Education
Application of Research to Educational Practice
Epistemological Issues in Educational Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
A Definition of Research
Learning How to Do Educational Research
Self-Check Test
Planning a Research Study
The Research Process: From Proposal to Final Report
Introduction
Identifying a Research Problem
Preparing a Research Proposal
Conducting a Pilot Study
Using the Proposal in Writing the Dissertation
Preparing a Journal Article
Preparing a Paper for a Professional Meeting
Recommendations for Planning and Reporting Research
Self-Check Test
Ethics and Site Relations in Educational Research
The Importance of Ethics and Site Relations in Educational Research
Typical Aspects of Educational Research That May Raise Ethical Concerns
Formal Regulation of Research Ethics
Institutional Review Boards' Role in Ensuring Research Ethics
Site Relations in Educational Research
Recommendations for Ensuring That a Research Study Is Ethical, Legal, and Harmonious
Self-Check Test
Reviewing the Literature
Purposes of a Literature Review
Major Steps in a Literature Review
Searching Preliminary Sources
Using Secondary Sources
Reading Primary Sources
Synthesizing the Findings of Your Literature Review
Recommendations for Reviewing Research Literature
Self-Check Test
Research Methods
Statistical Techniques
The Use of Statistics in Educational Research
Types of Scores
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Supplements to Significance Tests
Psychometric Statistics
Problems in Statistical Analysis
Processing Statistical Data
Recommendations for Doing Statistical Analyses
Self-Check Test
Selecting a Sample
Sampling Logic in Research
Sampling in Quantitative Research
Sampling in Qualitative Research
Volunteers in Research Samples
Recommendations for Selecting a Research Sample
Self-Check Test
Collecting Research Data with Tests and Self-Report Measures
Use of Tests and Self-Report Measures in Educational Research
Characteristics of a Good Test in Research
Approaches to Measurement
Types of Tests and Self-Report Measures
Using Tests or Self-Report Measures in a Research Project
Recommendations for Using Tests and Self-Report Measures in Research
Self-Check Test
Collecting Research Data with Questionnaires and Interviews
Questionnaires and Interviews as Data-Collection Methods
Steps in Constructing and Administering a Research Questionnaire
Steps in Preparing and Conducting Research Interviews
Recommendations for Using a Questionnaire or an Interview Guide to Collect Research Data
Self-Check Test
Collecting Research Data through Observation and Content Analysis
Forms of Observation and Content Analysis
Reactive Observation in Quantitative Research
Reactive Observation in Qualitative Research
Nonreactive Observation in Quantitative Research
Nonreactive Observation in Qualitative Research
Content Analysis of Documents and Other Communication Media
Recommendations for Using Observational and Content-Analysis Methods
Self-Check Test
Quantitative Research Design
Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Designs
Introduction
Descriptive Research Designs
Causal-Comparative Research Designs
Recommendations for Doing Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Research
Self-Check Test
Nonexperimental Research: Correlational Designs
The Nature of Correlation
Planning a Causal Relationship Study
Planning a Prediction Study
Bivariate Correlational Statistics
Multivariate Correlational Statistics
Interpretation of Correlation Coefficients
Recommendations for Doing Correlational Research
Self-Check Test
Experimental Research: Designs, Part 1
Introduction
Internal Validity of Experiments
External Validity of Experiments
Issues in Designing Experiments
Single-Group Designs
Control-Group Designs with Random Assignment
Recommendations for Doing Experiments
Self-Check Test
Experimental Research: Designs, Part 2
Quasi-Experimental Designs
Factorial Designs
Other Experimental Designs
Measurement of Change
Recommendations for Doing Experiments
Self-Check Test
Approaches to Qualitative Research
Case Study Research
Importance of Case Study in Qualitative Research
Designing a Case Study
Collecting Case Study Data
Analyzing Case Study Data
Ensuring the Quality and Rigor of Qualitative Research
Determining the Applicability of Case Study Findings
Reporting a Case Study
Advantages and Disadvantages of Case Study Research
Recommendations for Doing Case Studies
Self-Check Test
Qualitative Research Traditions
Qualitative Research Traditions in Educational Research
Traditions Involving Investigation of Lived Experience
Traditions Involving Investigation of Society and Culture
Traditions Involving Investigation of Language and Communication
Recommendations for Designing a Study Based on a Qualitative Research Tradition
Self-Check Test
Historical Research
Importance of Historical Research in Education
Historiography and the Stages of Historical Research
Defining a Problem for Historical Research
Studying Historical Sources
Recording Information from Historical Sources
Evaluation of Historical Sources
Interpretation in Historical Research
Writing a Historical Research Report
Examples of Historical Research in Education
Recommendations for Doing Historical Research
Self-Check Test
Applications of Research
Evaluation Research
The Role of Evaluation in Education
Steps in Program Evaluation
Criteria for Effective Evaluation Research
Quantitative Approaches to Evaluation
Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation
Educational Research and Development
Recommendations for Doing an Evaluation Research Study or an R&D Evaluation
Self-Check Test
Action Research
Characteristics of Action Research
Cyclical Nature of Action Research
Stages of Action Research
Credibility and Trustworthiness of Action Research
Reducing Discrepancies between Practitioners' Espoused Theories and Theories-in-Action
Ethical Issues in Action Research
Recommendations for Doing Action Research
Self-Check Test
Self-Check Test Answers
Questions for Evaluating Quantitative Research Reports
Questions for Evaluating Qualitative Research Reports
Preliminary and Secondary Sources: Tests and Self-Report Measures
Preliminary and Secondary Sources on the History of Education
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index

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