Making Sense of Research What's Good, What's Not, and How to Tell the Difference

ISBN-10: 0761977082

ISBN-13: 9780761977087

Edition: 2003

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This book details how to evaluate research, from asking how it works to examining how it works, and whether it will work for others.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 3/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Patrick J. McEwan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and an affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he taught in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as Assistant Director of Research at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He completed his PhD in education at Stanford University, in addition to master's degrees in economics and international development. His published books (with Henry Levin) include Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications, Second Edition (2001) and Cost-Effectiveness and Educational Policy: 2002 Yearbook of the American Education Finance Association (2002). He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports, and he has consulted on education policy and evaluation at the Inter-American Development Bank, RAND, UNESCO, and the ministries of education of several countries. His recent research (with Martin Carnoy) has evaluated the impact of Chile's national voucher plan on the effectiveness and efficiency of primary education.

The Goals of This Book
Who This Book Is For
What This Book Is Not
Overview of the Contents
A Few Words of Explanation
About the Authors
Asking the Right Questions
What Is Our Approach to Making Sense of Research?
Five Questions About Research
Four Case Studies of Education Research
Further Reading
Behind the Scenes in the World of Education Research
The World of Education Research
Who Does Education Research?
Who Pays for It?
Where Is It Published?
Can You Trust Education Research?
What Does the Future Hold for Education Research?
Does Education Research Really Matter?
Further Reading
The Causal Questions: Does It Work? (Part I)
The Causality Conundrum
Simple (Minded) Methods of Establishing Causality
What Can Go Wrong With Experiments?
Why Are Experiments So Unpopular With Education Teachers
Further Reading
The Causal Question: Does It Work? (Part II)
Quasi-Experiments and Non-Experiments
The Researcher's Bag of Tricks
Quasi-Experimental Approaches
Non-Experimental Approaches
Further Reading
The Process Question: How Does It Work?
What Is Qualitative Research?
The Qualities of Qualitative Research
The Power of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research Methods
From Whence Comes the Quality in Qualitative Research?
Further Reading
The Cost Question: Is It Worthwhile?
The Concept of Costs
The Ingredients Method of Cost Analysis
Two Important Cost Questions
Further Reading
The Usability Question: Will It Work for Me?
Will it Work in My Setting?
Some Rules of Thumb for Making Generalizations
Research Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Special Considerations for Qualitative and Cost Studies
Making Trade-Offs
Further Reading
The Evaluation Question: Is It Working for Me?
What Is User-Driven Research?
User-Driven Research at Lincoln Middle School
Asking the Right Questions
Refocusing on Outcomes
Defining the Problems
Exemplars of User-Driven Research
Further Reading
Resource: Bibliographies for Case Studies
Class Size Reduction
Phonics Instruction
Private-School Vouchers
Whole-School Reform
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