Designing and Conducting Research in Education

ISBN-10: 1412960746

ISBN-13: 9781412960748

Edition: 2008

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"A hands on, truly accessible text on how to design and conduct research" -Joan P. Sebastian, National University A practice-oriented, non-mathematical approach to understanding, planning, conducting, and interpreting research in education Practical and applied, Designing and Conducting Research in Education is the perfect first step for students who will be consuming research as well as for those who will be actively involved in conducting research. Readers will find up-to-date examinations of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research approaches which have emerged as important components in the toolbox of educational research. Real-world situations are presented in each chapter taking the reader through various challenges often encountered in the world of educational research. Key Features: Examines quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research approaches, which have emerged as important components in the toolbox of educational research Explains each step of the research process very practically to help students plan and conduct a research project in education Applies research in real-world situations by taking the reader through various challenges often encountered in field settings Includes a chapter on ethical issues in conducting research Provides a Student Web Site that offers the opportunity to interact with contemporary research articles in education Assists Professors with Instructors Resources on CD. Intended audience: This book provides an introduction to research that emphasizes the fundamental concepts of planning and design. The book is designed to be a core text for the very first course on research methods. In some fields the first course is offered at an undergraduate level whereas in others it is a beginning graduate class.
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Book details

List price: $139.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Preface
Overview of Research
The Foundations of Research
Chapter Objectives
Perspectives on Educational Research
Defining Ways of Conducting Research
Foundations of Research
Research Types and Methods in Brief
The Research Process
Summary
About Simulations
The Research Process
Chapter Objectives
Finding a Topic to Research
Steps in the Scientific Method
Summary
Ethical Issues in Conducting Research
Chapter Objectives
Ensuring the Protection of Human Participants
Ethical Considerations in Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Monitoring Ethics in Research: Institutional Review Boards
Ethics and Professionalism
Summary
Participant Selection and Assignment
Chapter Objectives
Participant Selection
Participant Assignment
Summary
Measures and Instruments
Chapter Objectives
Selection and Definition of Criterion Measures
Instruments or Tasks
Summary
Research Methods and Designs
Quantitative Research Methodologies
Chapter Objectives
Defining Quantitative Research
Basic Experimental Design Formats
Traditional Group Experimental Designs
After the Design: Analysis and Interpretation
Summary
Designing Non-Experimental Research
Chapter Objectives
Defining Experimental and Non-Experimental Research
Survey Research
Observation Studies
Summary
Introduction to Qualitative Research and Mixed-Methods Design
Chapter Objectives
An Overview of Qualitative Research
Mixed Methods
Summary
Research Design Pitfalls
Chapter Objectives
Types of Design Validity
Threats to Experimental Design Validity
Standards of Rigor
Summary
Data Analysis and Results Interpretation
Statistics Choices
Statistics: What and Why
The Decision Tree: Moving from the Question to the Analysis
The Importance of Data Type in Selecting Statistics
Summary
Data Tabulation
Chapter Objectives
Aggregating Data
Tables
Graphing Data
Summary
Descriptive Statistics
Chapter Objectives
Categories of Descriptive Statistics
Summary
Inferential Statistics
Chapter Objectives
General Background of Inferential Statistics
Difference Questions: Which Statistic and When
Relationship Questions: Which Statistic and When
Summary
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter Objectives
Preliminary Analysis
Post Data-Gathering Analysis
Inductive and Deductive Analyses
Phenomenological Analytical Techniques
Reporting Qualitative Research
Summary
Interpreting Results
Research as an Integrated Process
Interpretation of Results
Acquiring Interpretation Skills for Research
Summary
Table of Random Numbers
References
Glossary/Index
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