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Reading Research - Doing Research A Mode of Interrogation for Education

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ISBN-10: 0750707194

ISBN-13: 9780750707190

Edition: 1997

Authors: Andrew Brown, Paul Dowling

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With structured, practical guidance the authors provide a scheme that is designed to enable researchers to organise and evaluate research, and to plan and implement small scale research of their own.
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Tables and Figures
Series Editors' Preface
Introduction: The Three Rs of Educational Research
Declaring an Interest: The Empirical and Theoretical Contexts of the Research
Empirical and Theoretical Domains and the Research Process
Declaring an Interest: First Steps Towards a Research Question
An Initial Description of Luria's Theoretical and Empirical Spaces
Opening Your Theoretical Space: Using the Library
The Theoretical and Empircal Spheres
Articulating the Theoretical and Empirical Fields
The Problem
Operationalization: The Empirical Measurement of Theoretical Propositions
Operationalization: Sampling Procedures
Opportunity Sampling
Theoretical Sampling
Random Sampling
Moving into the Field
Experience and Observation: The Collection of First Hand Data
Manipulation of Context: From Experiments to Participant Observation
Experimental Research Design
Ethnographic Research
Structure: From Schedules to Fieldnotes
Observation Schedules
Experience and Observation: Conclusion
Gathering Information and Asking Questions: Interviews, Questionnaires and Accounts
Manipulation of Context: From Clinical Interviews to Diaries
Clinical Interviews and Elicitation Techniques
Diaries and Documents
Structure: From Questionnaires to Conversations
Exploring Opinions, Attitudes and Beliefs
Gathering Information and Asking Questions: Conclusion
Quality in Analysis
Introduction: From Information to Data
Qualitative and Quantitative Data
Reading the Signs: Semiotic Analysis and the Location of the Problem
Biasing the Description
Elaborating the Description
Generating the Description: Network Analysis
Managing the Analysis: Using Information Technology
Qualitative Data Analysis: Conclusion
Dealing with Quantity
Quantifying Qualities
Charting the Data
Statistical Analysis
The Mean and Frequency Distribution
The Mann-Whitney Test
Normal and Skewed Distributions
The Chi Square Test
Some Caveats
Specializing, Localizing and Generalizing: A Mode of Interrogation
The Research Mode of Interrogation: Specializing the Theoretical Context
What is the General Theoretical Field Within Which the Work is Located?
What is the Problematic?
What is the Specific Problem?
The Research Mode of Interrogation: Localizing the Empirical
What is the General Empirical Field Within Which the Work is Located?
What is the Local Empirical Setting?
What are the Empirical Findings?
The Research Mode of Interrogation: From Specializing and Localizing to Validity and Generalization
How is the Link Between the Problem and the Findings Established?
How is the Research Generalized?
The Mode of Interrogation
Opening and Closing the Account
Entering the Mode of Interrogation
Exiting the Mode of Interrogation
The Practitioner and Educational Research: A Manifesto
Annotated Bibliography
Keyword Index