Applying Educational Research: How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice / Edition 6

Applying Educational Research: How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice / Edition 6

by Joyce P. Gall, M. D. Gall, Walter R. Borg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205596703

ISBN-13: 9780205596706

Pub. Date: 10/16/2009

Publisher: Pearson

This text brings research alive for educators by introducing readers to people who actually “do” research. It is intended for instructors who emphasize teaching students how to locate, read, and interpret and apply the findings of educational research studies. The revision addresses how to design and conduct a research study in more detail.

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Overview

This text brings research alive for educators by introducing readers to people who actually “do” research. It is intended for instructors who emphasize teaching students how to locate, read, and interpret and apply the findings of educational research studies. The revision addresses how to design and conduct a research study in more detail.

The text includes numerous recent, published research articles involving high-interest problems of educational practice. The chapters, which treat quantitative, qualitative, and applied forms of educational research, stand alone, allowing instructors to choose those they want to cover. Designed for courses focused primarily on applying, rather than conducting research, this text includes 13 actual research articles, reprinted in their entirety. The primary author of each article then offers original commentary on his/her piece. Through this format, the text presents a comprehensive explanation of the methodologies used by present-day researchers, data-collection challenges, and the meaning of the results. The book makes no assumptions about readers' prior knowledge of research or statistics.

This text builds students' confidence so that they are able to successfully read research reports and research. Through its clear yet scholarly treatment and numerous examples of educational research the text addresses the learning and application needs of an increasingly wider spectrum of students and practitioners in the field of education. For the first time, readerswill see the relevance of research to educational practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205596706
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
10/16/2009
Series:
MyEducationLab Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1 Using Research Evidence to Improve Educational Practice

Chapter 2 Doing Your Own Research: From Proposal to Final Report

PART II: APPLYING EXISTING RESEARCH STUDIES TO PROBLEMS

OF PRACTICE

Chapter 3 Conducting and Writing Your Own Literature Review

Chapter 4 Using Search Engines in a Literature Review

Chapter 5 Making Use of Available Literature Reviews

PART III: USING QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY

PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

Chapter 6 Analyzing and Evaluating Reports of Quantitative Research Studies

Chapter 7 Using Descriptive Statistics to Study Problems of Practice

Chapter 8 The Practical Significance of Statistical Results

Chapter 9 Tests of Statistical Significance

Chapter 10 Descriptive Research

Chapter 11 Group-Comparison Research

Chapter 12 Correlational Research

Chapter 13 Experimental Research

PART IV: USING QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY

PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

Chapter 14 Case Study Research

Chapter 15 Narrative Research

Chapter 16 Ethnographic and Critical Ethnographic Research

Chapter 17 Historical Research

PART V: COMBINING QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGIES TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

Chapter 18 Mixed-Methods Research

PART VI: USING OTHER METHODOLOGIES TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

Chapter 19 Action Research

Chapter 20 Evaluation Research

SELF-CHECK TEST ANSWERS

APPENDICES

1. Guide for Outlining a Quantitative or Qualitative Research Proposal

2. Questions To Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Quantitative Study

3. Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Qualitative Study

4. Design-Specific Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Research Report

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