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Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

Research Methods and Methodologies in Education

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June 2017 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The #1 resource for carrying out educational research

In order to carry out high-quality educational research, every aspect of the process needs careful consideration. This all-encompassing textbook gives a considered overview of principles that underpin research, key qualitative and quantitative methods for research design, data collection, and analysis.

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Robert J. Coe
Chapter 1: Introduction
Robert J. Coe
Chapter 2: The nature of educational research
Michael Waring
Chapter 3: Finding your theoretical position
Larry V. Hedges
Chapter 4: Design of empirical research
Laura Day Ashley
Chapter 5: Planning your research
Robert J. Coe
Chapter 6: Inference and interpretation in research
Martyn Hammersley
Chapter 7: Research ethics
Carol Munn-Giddings
Chapter 8: Action research
Rob Walker
Chapter 9: Naturalistic research
Ghazala Bhatti
Chapter 10: Ethnographic research
Claudia Mitchell
Chapter 11: Visual methodologies
Michael Waring
Chapter 12: Grounded theory
Laura Day Ashley
Chapter 13: Case study research
Emma Smith
Chapter 14: Secondary data
Anna Vignoles
Chapter 15: Longitudinal research
Stephen Gorard
Chapter 16: Statistical and correlational techniques
Steve Higgins
Chapter 17: Impact evaluation
Peter Tymms
Chapter 18: Interventions: experiments
Gert Biesta
Chapter 19: Mixing methods in education research
Carole Torgerson, Jill Hall, Kate Lewis-Light
Chapter 20: Systematic reviews
Carolyn L. Mears
Chapter 21: In-depth interviews
Anita Gibbs
Chapter 22: Focus groups and group interviews
Rhona Sharpe & Greg Benfield
Chapter 23: Internet-based methods
Eve Stirling
Chapter 24: Doing social media research
Gary McCulloch
Chapter 25: Documentary methods
Peter Tymms
Chapter 26: Questionnaires
Ronald K. Hambleton
Chapter 27: Measurement and validity
Graham R. Gibbs
Chapter 28: Using software in qualitative data analysis
Paul Connolly
Chapter 29: Statistical analysis tools
Elaine Vaughan
Chapter 30: Discourse analysis
Michael Atkinson
Chapter 31: Media analysis
Michael Tedder
Chapter 32: Biographical research
Michael Borenstein
Chapter 33: Statistical hypothesis tests
H. J. Keselman & Lisa Lix
Chapter 34: Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Stephen Gorard
Chapter 35: Multiple linear regression
Michael Seltzer & Jordan Rickles
Chapter 36: Multilevel analysis
Robert J. Coe
Chapter 37: Effect size
Larry V. Hedges
Chapter 38: Meta-analysis

An essential tool for researchers who wish to be widely versed in key methods and approaches, from experiments to ethnography.  The content is clear, practical, and concise, orienting beginning readers to important themes and issues and directing advanced readers to additional, in-depth resources. I highly recommend it.

Heather C. Hill
Professor in Education, Harvard University

Excellent support for developing an understanding of the theories of learning

Mrs Sophie Wilson
School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
October 4, 2019

This textbook has admirable breadth and could provide a point of reference on a range of topics for students to explore comparisons with treatments in other texts. The best of the chapters such as Waring's on Grounded Theory and Hammersley's on Research Ethics offer a concise and lucid overview of their subject. Useful features include the brief and often challenging "questions for further investigation". The breadth of coverage means that more detailed texts will be needed for those seeking guidance on project design and research practice, but it has undoubted potential for providing introductory support on unfamiliar subjects.

Dr Tony Cline
Educational Psychology Group, University College London
May 8, 2017

This valuable book offers an insightful and systematic advice on the key aspects of methodologies and methods of data collection in educational research. It is essential for any student or a practitioner undertaking educational research as part of their studies or practice.

Mrs Liana Beattie
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
May 8, 2017

A very well-written guide to research. Informative and insightful chapters. In particular the chapter on focus groups and group interviews is especially helpful as this is an area which is often misunderstood.

Mrs Claire Owen
Department of Education, Newman University
April 11, 2017

An excellent guide for degree level students. This book provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of methods. Each section is brilliantly explained allowing students to make an informed choice of suitable methods to employ in their research. In addition, a clearly written chapter on theoretical positions gives students a grounding in which to embed their research.

Mrs Samantha Smith
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
February 17, 2017

This publication provides a good introduction for research methodologies. Provides a broad range of information which can be further explored in other publications/key text.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2017

This is a wide-ranging text covering most if not all of the aspects of social research you are likely to teach at both undergraduate and Master's level in a both accessible but complex enough fashion to make it a very useful addition to any list of resources at both levels.

Dr Clive Hedges
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
February 15, 2017

This book provides an excellent overview of research methods relevant to educational research and each chapter has been written by an expert in the field. The book covers a wide range of research methods and includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, as a result it is a valuable resource for those entering this area.

Dr Julie-Ann Sime
Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University
February 14, 2017

A really good overview into research methods and methodologies, which can be applied to subjects other than education.

Dr Fiona Ponikwer
School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sci., Brighton University
February 14, 2017
Key features
  • Includes new chapter on Ethics
  • Enhanced coverage of qualitative research
  • Thorough reworking's of chapters makes the new edition truly comprehensive

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