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Educational Research
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Educational Research
Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches

Eighth Edition


October 2024 | 760 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches by R. Burke Johnson and Larry Christensen offers a comprehensive, accessible introduction to research methods for undergraduate and graduate students. Readers will develop an understanding of the multiple research methods and strategies used in education and related fields, including how to read and critically evaluate published research and how to write a proposal, construct a questionnaire, and conduct an empirical research study on their own. The Eighth Edition maintains the features that made this book a best-seller, including attention-grabbing chapter-opening vignettes, lively examples that engage student interest, a conversational and friendly writing style, and more. Fully updated for the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, this new edition includes expanded information on research ethics and IRBs, expanded and more current information on sampling and causation across research designs, and the latest thinking on mixed methods research.  With the support of this highly readable text, readers will transform into critical consumers and users of research.

 
Part I: Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Educational Research
 
Chapter 2: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 3: Action Research for Lifelong Learning
 
Part II: Planning the Research Study
 
Chapter 4: How to Critically Review the Literature and Develop Good Research Questions
 
Chapter 5: How to Write a Research Proposal
 
Chapter 6: Research Ethics
 
Part III: Foundations of Research
 
Chapter 7: Standardized Measurement and Assessment
 
Chapter 8: Methods of Data Collection in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 9: How to Construct a Questionnaire
 
Chapter 10: Sampling in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 11: Validity of Research Results in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods Research
 
Part IV: Selecting a Research Method
 
Section A. Quantitative Research Methods: Five Major Approaches
 
Chapter 12: Experimental Research: Weak and Strong Designs
 
Chapter 13: Experimental Research: Quasi and Single-Case Designs
 
Chapter 14: Nonexperimental Quantitative Research
 
Section B. Qualitative Research Methods: Five Major Approaches
 
Chapter 15: Narrative Inquiry and Case Study Research by D. Jean Clandinin and R. Burke Johnson
 
Chapter 16: Phenomenology, Ethnography, and Grounded Theory
 
Section C. Mixed Methods Research: Many Approaches
 
Chapter 17: Mixed Methods Research
 
Part V: Analyzing the Data
 
Chapter 18: Descriptive Statistics
 
Chapter 19: Inferential Statistics
 
Chapter 20: Data Analysis in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
 
Part VI: Writing the Research Report
 
Chapter 21: How to Prepare a Research Report and Use APA Style Guidelines
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • The latest thinking, research, and terminology in mixed methods has been updated throughout the text to provide readers with the most up-to-date information on this fast-changing research approach.
  • Expanded information on preparing materials for Institutional Review Boards and research ethics walks readers through this crucial step in the research process. 
  • Expanded information on qualitative research throughout the book better prepares students to use this crucial approach in their research.
  • Updated for the newest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: 7th Edition in writing, grammatical changes, and citation style throughout the text, but especially in Chapter 21. 
  • Learning objectives have been thoroughly rewritten throughout the book to better align with the content of the chapters and reflect actual learning outcomes.
  • Updates to references, new concepts with definitions, journal articles, review questions, recommended readings and websites, and more ensure that students are learning from the most up-to-date information in the field.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Chapters are organized to follow the major components or steps involved in the research process.
  • Every chapter starts with an opening vignette that connects the content with current events, followed by a list of objectives to get students thinking about what they are going to learn.
  • While many texts only offer one method, this text provides balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research while also explaining each method's strengths and appropriateness.
  • The authors' conversational and accessible writing style makes the book student-friendly, unintimidating, and easy to read.
  • Each of the six major parts of the book includes a helpful overview, highlighting key concepts presented in each section's chapters.
  • Each chapter ends with a full chapter summary, a list of the key terms used in the chapter, discussion questions, research exercises, relevant websites, and recommended reading.

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