Research Methods in Education

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ISBN-13: 9781412940092

Edition: 2012

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List price: $135.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Joseph W. Check, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He completed his B.A. at Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Tufts University. His prior publications include Politics, Language, and Culture: A Critical Look at Urban School Reform (Praeger, 2002), co-editorship of Writing Within School Reform, a monograph series of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and book chapters and articles on literacy, practitioner inquiry, and urban school reform. He has supervised dissertations in school reform, professional development, literacy, home/school interactions, and special education. He has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for numerous grant-funded professional development programs including a 4-year, $4M practitioner inquiry project in 14 urban school districts, funded by the DeWitt-Wallace Reader's Digest Foundation. He is an experienced classroom instructor in master's and doctoral level research courses.

Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, now in its Eighth Edition , and its co-authored adaptations for the disciplines of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (co-edited), and Organization in a Changing Environment . His scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment, its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior, and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare . His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources. In addition to research methods and statistics, he teaches the sociology of complex organizations and the sociology of law.

Preface
Foundations of Research
Science, Schooling, and Educational Research
Learning About the Educational World
The Educational Research Approach
Educational Research Philosophies
Conclusions
The Process and Problems of Educational Research
Educational Research Questions
Educational Research Basics
The Role of Educational Theory
Educational Research Goals
Educational Research Proposals, Part I
Conclusions
Ethics in Research
Historical Background
Ethical Principles
Conclusions
Conceptualization and Measurement
Concepts
Measurement Operations
Levels of Measurement
Evaluating Measures
Conclusions
Sampling
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Conclusions
Research Design and Data Collection
Causation and Research Design
Causal Explanation
Criteria for Causal Explanations
Types of Research Designs
True Experimental Designs
Quasi-Experimental Designs
Threats to Validity in Experimental Designs
Nonexperiments
Conclusions
Evaluation Research
What Is Evaluation Research?
What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?
How Can the Program Be Described? Creating a Program Logic Model
What Are the Alternatives in Evaluation Design?
Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research
Conclusions
Survey Research
Why Is Survey Research So Popular?
Errors in Survey Research
Questionnaire Design
Writing Questions
Survey Design Alternatives
Combining Methods
Survey Research Design in a Diverse Society
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusions
Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
Participant Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Focus Groups
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusions
Single-Subject Design
Foundations of Single-Subject Design
Measuring Targets of Intervention
Types of Single-Subject Designs
Analyzing Single-Subject Designs
Ethical Issues in Single-Subject Design
Conclusions
Mixing and Comparing Methods and Studies
Mixed Methods
Comparing Reserch Designs
Performing Meta-Analyses
Conclusions
Teacher Research and Action Research
Teacher Research: Three Case Studies
Teacher Research: a Self-Planning Outline for Creating Your Own Project
Action Research and How It Differs From Teacher Research
Validity and Ethical Issues in Teacher Research and Action Research
Conclusions
Analyzing and Reporting Data
Quantitative Data Analysis
Why We Need Statistics
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Relationships (Associations) Among Variables
Presenting Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Conclusions
Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Conclusions
Proposing and Reporting Research
Educational Research Proposals, Part II
Reporting Research
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports
Conclusions
Questions to Ask About a Research Article
How to Read a Research Article
Finding Information, by Elizabeth Schneider and Russell K. Schutt
Table of Random Numbers
Glossary
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors
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