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Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology

Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology
Integrating Diversity With Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Sixth Edition

December 2023 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Identify, evaluate, and practice good research using Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity With Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods by renowned scholar Donna M. Mertens. This introductory research methods text incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into its descriptions of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as program evaluation. The work covers five major paradigms: post-positivist, constructivist, transformative, pragmatic, and Indigenous. Special emphasis on conducting research with culturally complex communities, based on the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities, and people with disabilities is a hallmark of this text. In each chapter, the author carefully explains each step of the research process, from the literature review to analysis and reporting. Additionally, each chapter includes a published sample study and abstract to illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter. The Sixth Edition includes more on community engagement, recent advances in mixed methods, new applications of theoretical frameworks, and the latest research examples. Citations and references have all been updated to reflect the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

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Chapter 1 • A Brief History of Research: Paradigms, Ethical Practice, and Contested Territory
Chapter 2 • Evaluation
Chapter 3 • Focusing the Research: Literature Review and Community Engagement
Chapter 4 • Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Chapter 5 • Causal Comparative and Correlational Approaches
Chapter 6 • Survey Methods
Chapter 7 • Single-Case Research
Chapter 8 • Qualitative Research and Action Research
Chapter 9 • History, Narrative Inquiry, and Autoethnography
Chapter 10 • Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 11 • Sampling
Chapter 12 • Data Collection
Chapter 13 • Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Use


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"Mertens's Research and Evaluation text is a well-rounded textbook that students enjoy reading because the ideas are presented in such a way that they connect to each student's area of study. If you want your students to read the chapter, this is the research methods book for your class."

Karen H. Larwin
Youngstown State University

"A methods text grounded in research that describes in detail the history behind different methodologies and their historical underpinnings. It has a wide range of study samples to help students make sense of the content."

Erin M. Ramirez
California State University Monterey Bay

"Good survey text for research methods"

Sawyer Hunley
University of Dayton

"A very good and resourceful book for training scientist-practitioners in the mental health profession."

Allen Appiah-Boateng
East Texas Baptist University

"This is a solid master's level introductory textbook that addresses the material that helping professionals need to be able to work in the field and to be able to evaluate and consume current research."

Brenda Gerhardt
University of Dayton

"This book provides many good examples/research studies that can be used in classroom discussions."

Chia-Lin Tsai
University of Northern Colorado

"The author does an excellent job utilizing various features (e.g., charts, tables, checklists, 'extending your thinking,' textbox, critical questions, research and evaluation examples) that facilitate reader learning, engagement, critical reflection on gained knowledge and various aspects of the research process, commitment to quality and ethics in research, and willingness to make connections and extend one's thinking. It is well-written and organized, concise, and straightforward."

Elena Yu. Polush
Iowa State University
Key features
  • A new introduction covers basic terminology more completely.
  • Chapters have been expanded to cover five major research paradigms—Post-positivist, Constructivist, Transformative, Pragmatic, and Indigenous—offering more research models for students to follow.
  • The Indigenous Paradigm has been included in each chapter as a fifth paradigm, along with sample studies based in Indigenous communities, discussion of sampling, data collection, and use of data rooted in Indigenous community beliefs and values.
  • Community engagement has been highlighted throughout the book to bring more focus to this important aspect of research.
  • Where to From Here? Sections in Chapters 4-10 offer different ways to read the text that aren't linear, offering the author's suggestions on how to customize how students tackle research projects and learn about methods.
  • Recent advances in mixed methods are included throughout the book, including examples of joint displays of quantitative and qualitative data for sampling and dissemination of results.
  • Updated guidance from the American Psychological Association addresses research with communities of color, immigrant groups, Indigenous communities, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities.
  • Increased focus on the issues relating to cultural competency means the Sixth Edition explicitly aligns with the accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher.
  • Increased attention to research that focuses on finding appropriate solutions with communities rather than research that only identifies problems.
  • Examples have been thoroughly updated to reflect research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital research, intersectionality, mixed methods, and more.
  • Postpositivist, constructivist, transformative, pragmatic, and Indigenous paradigms discussed, showing how researchers’ views of the world underlie their choice of research approaches.
  • Conducting research in culturally complex communities is emphasized throughout.
  • A step-by-step overview of the entire research process.
  • Detailed explanation of how to write a literature review and plan a dissertation.
  • Chapters include valuable pedagogical features, such as start-of-chapter objectives, end-of-chapter summaries, electronic resources, and opportunities for “Extending Your Thinking through discussion questions and activities.
  • An outline for the preparation of a research proposal found in the appendix can be used by students who will be preparing a research proposal.

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