Doing Research About Education

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This book brings together semi-autobiographical accounts from major educationalists about their influential research, focusing on the practical and personal aspects of the research process.
The collection reflects the great changes that have occured within educational research since the 1980s and deals with the issues and situations of the late 1990s. It includes accounts that cover the various stages of the research process, a sampling of topics, the diversity of methodologies used in educational research and a range of theoretical perspectives. There is coverage of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and of large and smaller scale research. Also discussed are: ESRC programme research, contract research and theoretical research.

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Experienced education scholars share their experiences and insights, describing the research itself and revealing the practical and personal aspects of the process. They reflect changes in the field since the 1980s and deal with the issues and realities of the 1990s, cover various stages of the research process, sample a variety of topics and methodologies, and explore a range of theoretical perspectives. Their projects have spanned qualitative and quantitative and large and small. No subject index. Distributed in the US by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
1 Introduction: Research Accounts Count 1
2 Researching the 'Pastoral' and the 'Academic': An Ethnographic Exploration of Bernstein's Sociology of the Curriculum 11
3 'Are you a girl or are you a teacher?' The 'Least Adult' Role in Research about Gender and Sexuality in a Primary School 27
4 Critical Moments in the Creative Teaching Research 42
5 Developing the Identity and Learning Programme: Principles and Pragmatism in a Longitudinal Ethnography of Pupil Careers 57
6 Using Ethnographic Methods in a Study of Students' Secondary School and Post-school Careers 76
7 More than the Sum of Its Parts? Coordinating the ESRC Research Programme on Innovation and Change in Education 93
8 Climbing an Educational Mountain: Conducting the International School Effectiveness Research Project (ISERP) 111
9 The Making of Men: Theorizing Methodology in 'Uncertain Times' 125
10 The Profession of a 'Methodological Purist'? 139
11 The Director's Tale: Developing Teams and Themes in a Research Centre 154
12 The 'Last Blue Mountain'? Doing Educational Research in a Contract Culture 170
13 Compulsive Writing Behaviour: Getting It Published 184
Notes on Contributors 199
Author Index 205
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