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Conducting Educational Research
"Guide to Completing a Thesis, Dissertation, or Action Research Project"

Second Edition


September 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Designed to be used during the research process, Conducting Educational Research: Guide to Completing a Thesis, Dissertation, or Action Research Project, Second Edition walks readers through each step of a research project or thesis, including developing a research question, performing a literature search, developing a research plan, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and sharing the conclusions with others. Throughout the book, Daniel J. Boudah covers all types of research (including experimental, descriptive, qualitative, group designs, and single subject designs) and helps readers link research questions to designs, designs to data sources and data sources to appropriate analyses. Each chapter includes activities and exercises to ensure the researcher is asking the right questions and producing a quality project.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1 • Research in Education
Conducting Research in Education: Art or Science?  
The Current Research-to-Practice Gap  
Examples of Research at the Policy and Classroom Levels  
Research Types, Designs, and Methodologies  
Selected Organizations That Support Research in Education  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Activity  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Activity Answers  
 
Chapter 2 • Identifying a Research Problem and Question, and Searching Relevant Literature
Identifying a Research Problem  
Identifying a Possible Research Question  
The Purposes of a Literature Review  
The Process of Conducting a Literature Search  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
 
Chapter 3 • Understanding Relevant Literature and Writing a Literature Review
Analyzing Literature Search Outcomes  
Writing a Literature Review  
Revisiting and Revising Research Questions  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Check Sheet for Understanding Relevant Literature  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 4 • Issues in Validity and Reliability
What Are Validity, Trustworthiness, and Reliability?  
Types of Validity and Their Threats  
Reliability  
Trustworthiness  
Ways to Address Challenges to Trustworthiness  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 5 • Designing and Conducting Experimental Research
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research  
Questions Point to Designs  
Group Designs  
Single-Subject Designs  
Measurement of Dependent Variables  
Types of Data  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 6 • Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research
What Is Qualitative Research?  
Qualitative Design: The Planning Process  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 7 • Designing and Conducting Descriptive Research
Types of Quantitative Descriptive Research  
Survey Methods  
Conducting Descriptive Research  
Accessing Extant Databases  
Mixed Methods Research  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 8 • Creating a Research Proposal
The Purpose of a Research Proposal  
Identifying a Problem  
Investigating and Identifying Relevant Literature  
Identifying a Research Question  
Identifying a Research Design and Method  
Identifying Research Procedures and Plans  
Identifying Potential Analyses  
Protection of Human Participants  
Pilot Testing  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 9 • Analyzing and Interpreting Experimental Research
Experimental Data  
Selecting a Statistic Consistent With Your Design and Appropriate to Your Data  
Interpreting the Results of Analyses  
Discussing Experimental Results  
Statistical Conclusion Validity  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 10 • Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data
Data Management  
Data Analysis  
Trustworthiness  
Documenting and Reporting Results  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 11 • Analyzing and Interpreting Descriptive Research
Descriptive Data Analysis and Interpretation  
Correlational Research  
Causal Comparative Research  
Mixed Methods Research  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
Discussion Questions  
Your Research Project in Action  
Further Reading  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Chapter 12 • Writing Research Reports
Writing for Publication  
Getting Your Writing Published  
Putting It All Together  
Summary  
References  
Literature Examples  
 
Appendix A: Organizations That Support Educational Research
 
Appendix B: Using Microsoft® Excel to Analyze Data
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features

This book is largely adopted at Universities where there are multiple research methods courses.  Boudah primarily fits in the second term course, where the students are conducting primary research and writing a proposal or thesis.  Boudah may also be bundled with existing SAGE research methods titles to delve more deeply into the process of research.

This is a supplemental book designed to be bundled with SAGE's educational research methods titles.  This is an ideal bundled book to pair with Johnson, Educational Research 7e which will be publishing the same time as Boudah.

Bundle opportunities:
Boudah + Johnson, Educational Research 7e
Boudah + Mertler, Introduction to Educational Research, 2e
Boudah + Privitera, Research Methods for Education 1e
Boudah + Mertler, Action Research, 6e

The second edition of this text has been revised and updated in several significant ways:

·        Specific sections that address Mixed Methods research

·        Additional material regarding Single-Subject research

·        Revised and updated Technology in Research box features

·        Enhanced descriptions and examples of key concepts

·        Enhanced and updated tables and figures to assist reader understanding

·        Up-to-date references in each chapter

·        Up-to-date example excerpts from published research

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