Guide to Research for Educators and Trainers of Adults

ISBN-10: 1575241420

ISBN-13: 9781575241425

Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)

Authors: Sharan B. Merriam, Edwin L. Simpson

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Attempting to present a full range of methodology for conducting research, this book includes examples from research studies done with adults in adult settings. It examines traditional and less traditional research methodologies used to study adult education and training.
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List price: $32.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Krieger Publishing Company
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Sharan B. Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia.Ralph G. Brockett is professor of adult education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
The Nature of Researchp. 1
The Meaning of Researchp. 2
Purposes and Types of Researchp. 7
The Research Processp. 9
Referencesp. 13
Framing the Research Studyp. 15
What to Study?p. 15
What Is the Problem?p. 16
Setting Up the Problemp. 18
Research Questions and Hypothesesp. 21
Is the Problem Important?p. 22
What Is a Theoretical/Conceptual Framework?p. 23
Theory and the Research Processp. 25
Referencesp. 29
Reviewing the Literaturep. 31
Functions of a Literature Reviewp. 31
The Search Processp. 33
Finding the Literaturep. 34
Selecting the Sources for Reviewp. 39
Writing the Literature Reviewp. 41
Parts of the Literature Reviewp. 46
Guidelines for Doing a Literature Reviewp. 49
Referencesp. 50
Experimental and Descriptive Designsp. 51
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designsp. 51
Designing Quasi-Experimental Researchp. 54
Descriptive Designsp. 61
Approaches to Descriptive Data Gatheringp. 63
Futures Researchp. 65
Descriptive Data-Gathering Techniquesp. 70
Strengths and Limitations of Descriptive Researchp. 71
Conclusionp. 72
Referencesp. 73
Historical Inquiry and Philosophical Inquiryp. 75
Historical Inquiryp. 75
Doing Historical Researchp. 78
Interpretationp. 82
Philosophical Inquiryp. 84
Methods of Philosophical Inquiryp. 85
Linguistic Analysisp. 88
Phenomenologyp. 90
Conclusionp. 93
Referencesp. 94
Meaning and Interpretation: Qualitative Methodsp. 97
Common Characteristicsp. 97
The Design of a Qualitative Studyp. 99
Validity and Reliabilityp. 101
Three Types of Qualitative Researchp. 103
Ethnographyp. 104
Case Studyp. 108
Grounded Theoryp. 112
Referencesp. 117
Action, Participatory, Critical, and Feminist Research Designsp. 121
Action Researchp. 121
Participatory Researchp. 125
Critical Researchp. 131
Feminist Researchp. 136
Summaryp. 138
Referencesp. 139
Data Collection Procedures and Techniquesp. 143
The Nature of Research Datap. 144
Contributions of Survey Researchp. 145
Surveyingp. 146
Observationp. 154
Testingp. 160
Summaryp. 164
Referencesp. 169
Writing Up Your Findingsp. 173
The Standard Research Reportp. 173
Editorial Style and Documentationp. 178
Tables and Figuresp. 180
Reporting Statisticsp. 182
Guidelines for Writing and Revisingp. 185
Disseminating Researchp. 188
How to Disseminate Findingsp. 190
Summaryp. 192
Referencesp. 192
Ethical Dilemmas in Doing Researchp. 195
Selecting What to Studyp. 195
Selection and Protection of Participantsp. 197
Data Collectionp. 199
Data Analysisp. 202
Dissemination of Findingsp. 204
Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Researchp. 205
Summaryp. 207
Referencesp. 207
Graduate Student Researchp. 209
Selecting a Topicp. 210
Forming a Committeep. 213
Presenting a Proposalp. 215
Completing the Researchp. 217
Defending the Researchp. 220
Summaryp. 222
Referencesp. 222
Glossaryp. 225
Indexp. 231
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