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Methodologies for Practice Research

Methodologies for Practice Research
Approaches for Professional Doctorates

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Research Methods

December 2018 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Sharp and focused, this book provides the need-to-know information on how to design and implement a good, high quality research project.

Oriented around real-world application, it emphasizes the aspects of research most relevant to conducting practice-based research. Assuming no prior knowledge, but appropriate for experienced learners, it builds knowledge at a sustainable pace.  

It offers readers:

- A no frills guide to methodology and the theory of conducting research

- Strategies for communicating complex ideas

- Insight into common impact-driven methods like action research, case study, and mixed methods  

- Ways to develop systematic research projects within the boundaries of everyday working life

- Ample opportunities to test and apply newfound knowledge.

With streamlined advice tailored specifically to support research in professional contexts, this book is the essential toolkit every researcher who is embarking on a practice-led project needs.

Carol Costley and John Fulton
Part I: Underlying Principles
Tom Maxwell
Chapter 1: Philosophy and Practice – why does this matter?
Key definitions  
Modes 1 and 2 knowledge production  
An important philosophical thread  
Carol Costley
Chapter 2: Research Approaches in Professional Doctorates; notes on an epistemology of practice
Different forms of knowledge have led to epistemic changes  
The modern application of practice-based research approaches  
Towards an epistemology of practice  
Pam Burnard, Tatjana Dragovic, Rebecca Heaton and Barry Rogers
Chapter 3: Why Policy Matters Particularly in Professional Doctorates
The imperative of why policy matters to the researching professional  
On setting parameters that lead to policy analysis and change  
So, how should researching professionals go about policy analysis?  
Methodologies for connecting professional doctorates and policy/ies  
Driving professional and wider changes in society: doing the doctorate differently  
Conclusion – So what for professional doctorate education?  
Jan Fook
Chapter 4: Reflective Models and Frameworks in Practice
Reflection and its relationship to research  
The concept of reflection and related concepts  
Reflection and reflexivity  
An integrated understanding and practical model of critical reflection  
Reflection and practice-based research  
Different ways in which reflection can be used in research  
Issues for further discussion  
Criteria for making decisions about how to use reflection in research  
John Fulton and Carol Costley
Chapter 5: Ethics
A Brief History of Ethics and Philosophical Principles  
Translating the principles into the research design  
Practice-based Research  
Issues to consider in Practice-based Research  
Part II: Methodological Frameworks
Kate Maguire
Chapter 6: Methodology as Personal and Professional Integrity: Research Designing for Practitioner Doctorates
The context  
Personal and Professional Integrity  
Disentangling paradigms, methodologies, approaches and methods  
The simplicity of an approach  
Beginning research designing: conceptualising your practice in order to conceptualise and theorise practice  
Forms of conceptualisation  
Research designing: influences to consider  
Your design  
Help with clarifying an attitude to the workworld to achieve what matters  
Embracing Complexity  
Valerie A. Storey
Chapter 7: Alternative Dissertation Models: The Development of Modern Capstone Design
Setting the Stage  
What Characterises a PD Dissertation?  
Extending the Dissertation Spectrum  
The Challenge: Alternative Dissertation Formats  
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)  
Alternative Models: Active Ingredients  
Conclusion and Recommendations  
Kath Woodward
Chapter 8: Auto-Ethnography
Range and Scope of Auto-ethnography  
Theories, Methodologies and Methods  
Gill Coleman
Chapter 9: Action Research
Insider Researchers  
An “extended” epistemology  
First, Second and Third-person Action Research  
Putting it into practice  
Conclusion: challenges and strengths  
Catherine Hayes
Chapter 10: Case Study
What is the philosophical stance?  
What is the extent and range of the case study?  
Using Case Study Research in the Context of a Professional Doctorate  
Theory Building with Case Study Research Data  
David Plowright
Chapter 11: Mixed Methods
The Challenge  
Mixed Methods Research  
The FraIM: A Brief Description  
Warrantability of Research  
Integrated Matrix  
John Fulton
Chapter 12: Translational Research in Practice Development
Types of knowledge  
How do you know that research can be applied to practice?  
Roles in Translational Research  
The Process of Translational Research  
Heléne Clark
Chapter 13: Theory of Change: The Real Thing and How to Design Successful Social Change Projects
Basic Components of a Theory of Change  
Basic Definition of Theory of Change  
Theory: Each Component Defined  
Three Basic Purposes and Times for Theory of Change  
Using A Theory of Change in Practice  
Snapshot of the Process of Creating a Theory of Change  
Tips on Success in Creating a Theory of Change  

Costley and Fulton provide a must read for anyone involved with professional doctorates. This book supports researchers to understand and promote the importance of practice research, conduct it and create real research and policy impact. The book we’ve been looking for!

Tracey Wond
Head of Research (Business, Law and Social Sciences) and PhD and Professional Doctorate (Business) Programme Leader, University of Derby

This is an inspiring, welcome, and long overdue text that details the multiple dimensions and unique merits of professional doctorates (PDs) and how they can be distinguished from traditional PhDs. The chapters provide a detailed guide for PD students and faculty advisors. It is also useful as a framework for designing PD programs. 

Shauna Butterwick
Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Studies at University of British Columbia

With carefully crafted content exploring what it means to be a researching professional, Methodologies for Practice Research is a must-read text for anyone involved in designing, developing, delivering, and assessing professional practice doctoral programs. Finally, a book that will help free the professional practice doctoral dissertation from the PhD straitjacket.

Nancy Fichtman Dana
Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida

Methodologies for Practice Research is a game-changer for researchers across the professions. By naming essential methodologies, addressing the rigor, and illuminating the messiness but critical importance of this scholarship, this must-read book will change how current and future scholarly practitioners think about and conduct practice-based research.

Rebecca West Burns
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of South Florida

A well written text that provides focused information on how to structure and implement a research project. Each chapter provides accessible information to support the development of the research project.

Mrs Sue Baylis
Centre For Early Childhood, Worcester University
February 11, 2019

Offers clear and concise advice of all areas of research

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
February 10, 2019

I used this book to offer students the opportunity to explore different methodologies for doing research in their practice. It really helped them to understand the concepts and steps in the research process.

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
February 6, 2019

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