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Qualitative Research in Education

Qualitative Research in Education

July 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This accessible and practical book is a perfect quick guide for graduate researchers in education. Looking at the interdependence of teaching and research, the authors show that a critical and analytical exploration of policies and practices is a necessary part of what we mean by being a 'professional' in education.

Drawing on the authors' substantial experience of teaching research skills at graduate level, as well as on their own experiences as active researchers, the book will guide you through:

  • Discourse analysis
  • Visual methods
  • Textual research
  • Data collection and analysis

This co-authored book is structured around a range of methods applicable to educational research and appropriate for use by practitioners at all stages of their professional development. It takes recognizable, 'real life' scenarios as its starting point for each discussion of method, so that readers are able to start from the known and familiar. As well as exploring theoretical aspects of research method, each chapter provides practical tasks and points for discussion and reflection. These approaches, taken together, are designed to build confidence and encourage reader engagement and enjoyment.

Research in Education
Ethical Research in Education
Insider Research
Writing a Literature Review
Interviewing in Education Research
Case Study
Action Research
Ethnographic Research
Discourse Analysis and Policy Analysis
Lydia Spenceley
Text and Image in Qualitative Research
Analysing and Reporting Qualitative Data
Disseminating Your Research

A good book covering a good range of research at an appropriate level for our students.

we have requested copise for central and departmental libraries.

Dr Martyn Kingsbury
Educational Development Unit, Imperial College
February 28, 2014

This book is well written and it is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students who use qualitative research.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
January 6, 2014

Brilliant book for these studies

Mr Richard Tones
Education, Northumberland College
December 17, 2013

This is a very good book at the student level for two reason:

1. It gives a basic idea in how to conduct a qualitative research when you are not familiar with this type of research specially in the educational enviroment

2. The structure of the book facilitates to the students the steps you need to make in order to answer a qualitative research question

specially interesting chapter 6

Dr Moises Betancort
Methodology, La Laguna University
October 15, 2013

to indepth and complicated for level 3 student

Mrs Karen Cooke
Health & Care, Trafford College
August 30, 2013

A highly readable, accessible and comprehensive text. This is ideal reading for those setting up masters research within Education fields.

Dr Ruth Pilkington
Education and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
August 5, 2013

I like the accessibility of this text and the fact it is linked to BERA. That helps us to convince students of the importance of ethical guidelines to education research.

Dr Andy Cramp
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
July 11, 2013

A good source book for those either undertaking a critical review or carrying out qualitative research

Miss Christine Hibbert
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
June 28, 2013

A different perspective on qualitative research for anyone interested in educational research

Ms Wendy Smith
School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
June 22, 2013

Provides an impressive amount of information for students engaging in research in Education at UG or PG level. Highly recommended

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
May 26, 2013

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