Education research methods can be scary and confusing. This useful text looks set to provide a focused yet very accessible introduction – providing useable practical guidance while also addressing the complexity. It should be an asset for both academics and practitioner researchers.
This is the text that students have been waiting for. It is comprehensive, reader friendly, and interdisciplinary. The authors frame research as a quest for the truth, and provide specific stages and procedures to assist this search.
Honest, informed and practical, Essentials of Research Methods in Education lives up to the promise of its title; offering the reader the essentials of educational enquiry. Beginning with a timely reminder that Education and research are fundamentally inseparable, the authors offer a fulsome and engaging tour of the field, highlighting the controversies, possibilities and satisfaction in undertaking educational research for meaningful change.
This book is very accessible for researchers at all levels and skills. The thorough way in which the authors have approached the challenges of Research Methods will support the development of all projects. It is an essential read.
This book is written by authors well versed in the challenges of research and it shows the moment you start to read it. The text is clear and to the point with some nice touches of humour. Layout is extremely clear making the book easy to follow and to dip into, and has very useful sections such as “lessons learned the hard way” in each chapter. It also manages to share the energy and enthusiasm for research and its transformational ability.
Buckler and Moore have written a highly accessible book on educational research methods. On reading the book, I felt like I was being taken on a journey of discovery in the hands of friendly, knowledgeable, and trustworthy guides. The book is exceptional in raising contemporary issues in depth whilst never leaving the reader adrift among complex details. Those embarking on research will be well rewarded by engaging with the challenges the authors set and following their guidelines for approaching their own research questions effectively.
'This book deals honestly and clearly with the myriad of ideas that students come across when they begin educational research. It is a 'dip in' book in which students can clarify the concepts they come across in other books and in lectures. Recommended to everyone from undergraduate to doctoral level.'
This text provides an accessible, detailed, practical, and holistic exploration of research methods in education. It furnishes the reader with a clear account of the philosophical and socio-cultural foundations of research whilst also providing helpful insights into the journey from research design to dissemination of findings. This will be an invaluable resource for both student researchers and others involved in the field of educational research.
This book provides a richly comprehensive guide to conducting educational research. The reader is supported in building a deep understanding that offers greater insight and avoids the ‘myth and mystery’ so often associated with the research process. Throughout, an illustrative quest allegory entertains and enlightens the reader without distracting from the rigour of the central purpose. For more experienced researchers Buckler & Moore succeed in making the familiar strange. Thoroughly recommended.
Well structured text that clearly outlines the key Education Research Methods.
Some chapters excellent - lit review, qual analysis.
Ch 2 - perhaps trying to cover too many concepts & to introduce too much vocabulary.
Ch3 - perhaps unbalances the book a little (a specific filed rather than generic, as the rest is).
However, we love the writing style and the Top 10 at the ends of Seciton3 chapters.
We intend to set a couple of chapters as core readings, rather than the whole book, although students may well respond to the tone of the writing and read it all.
Updated and clear guidance on research in education, with sections linked to Action Research
Excellent for research methods module