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Success with your Education Research Project

Success with your Education Research Project

Second Edition

October 2012 | 152 pages | Learning Matters
Research projects are carried out in schools and non-school settings by virtually all undergraduates in the areas of teacher training, Education Studies and other educational disciplines. This text, written for this specific target audience, makes clear references to these courses and contexts throughout. Hot topics such as using the net and plagiarism are covered with up-to-date information, while key content on literature searches, critical thinking and the development of argument provide clear guidance and ensure academic rigor. This new edition has been updated throughout to provide greater depth on many topics, FAQs and a glossary of key terms.

Key Features
  • All examples contextualized for education students
  • Practical approach with user-friendly features to aid understanding
  • Demystifies tackling a research project
  • Key information on using the net, plagiarism, literature searches and critical thinking

Let's get Acquainted
Finding a Focus and Formulating a Plan
Looking at Literature
Approaching It in Style
Discovering Things: Questionnaires
Conversations with a Purpose: Research Interviews
Seeing Is Believing: Observation
From the Past to the Here and Now: Documents and Documentary Research
Making Sense of Data: Analyzing Numbers and Words
Writing up

A very good book for students wishing to know more about begining a research project. The layout is very favourable, allowing students time to reflect on their own practice and activities to increase understanding. Each chapter is introduced with aims, and what the student will understand once the chapter has been read/worked through.

Mrs ellen margaret duncan-jones
Career Education , Ystrad Mynach College
November 7, 2015

Another very practical approach for undergraduate students in preparing for their educational research paper. It clearly outlines some very helpful 'worked examples'. It also explains how to analyse qualitative and quantitative data. It takes you through the process from forming a literature review to a conclusion.

I will be recommending this book to current & future cohorts.

Mr Dave Morgan
Secondary Education , Reaseheath College
July 2, 2014

Clearly presented with supportive reflective tasks thoroughout. Very useful for students embarking on their first educational research project.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
Primary Education, East Lancashire Institute of HE at Blackburn
June 16, 2014

Very useful for first time undergraduate researchers.

Sue Horder
Education, Glyndwr University
May 21, 2014

A really great research text that explains ideas clearly. Covers ideas in depth.

Miss Claire Morse
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
May 1, 2014

Sharp's book is current (2012) and informative, and is particularly useful in exploring the benefits and disadvantages of various research and data collection methodologies (such as observations, questionnaires, and interviews). This will help practitioners explore which methodologies (or combination of methodologies) are most suited to their individual education research projects.

I also found that Chapter 9 covered qualitative and quantitative data analysis in great detail, which particularly helped me critically evaluate my results and recognise flaws in my approach.

Miss Leanne Humphries
Media Depatrment, South Staffordshire College
February 18, 2014

This is a really easy to follow book that explains all of the main issues involved in creating a basic research project

Mrs Suzanne Raynor
My department is not listed, Deeside College
January 28, 2014

Really useful, clearly written, recommended to library and students re 3 compulsory modules for all students

Irena Andrews
School of Education, Brighton University
December 16, 2013

This is an extremely accessible book for Early Years undergraduate students. It gives them a first dip into the concepts they will need to develop at greater depth later in the course, but is invaluable at the introduction stage. It gives excellent advice at all the different stages of writing the Undergraduale Major Project.

Mrs Chantale Darke
Department of Education, Harlow College
October 23, 2013

Helpful for assignments.

Mrs Alison Silby
School of Sport and Education, Brunel University
July 20, 2013

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