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Doing Your Education Research Project

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Overview

This accessible book guides you through the whole process of successfully organising and completing your education research project. The authors aim to provide you with the confidence and skills to engage in research which leads to qualification and can genuinely inform decision making.

By establishing links between the teaching and research processes, the authors show how to adopt a robust approach to research which will ensure that your research project has a secure focus, conceptual framework and methodology.

Key topics covered are:

" Planning and preparation

" Carrying out practical research

" Reporting and gathering evidence

" Presentation and analysis

" Putting research back into practice

The book is relevant to all students on undergraduate teacher training courses and educational professionals doing research either as part of a professional and academic qualification or for self and organisational improvement.
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Editorial Reviews

Mary McAteer

'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style. The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research. Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

Dr. Mary McAteer, Director, MaST Programme, Edge Hill University

Mary Mc Ateer
'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style. The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research. Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

Dr. Mary Mc Ateer, Director, Ma ST Programme, Edge Hill University

Dr. Mary Mc Ateer
'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style. The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research. Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

Dr. Mary McAteer

'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style. The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research. Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412947541
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Neil Burton is Partnership Manager and Associate Tutor of education masters courses with the University of Leicester, having worked in teacher education for several universities for the past 20 years. He is a member of the editorial board of Education 3-13 and is a recent past Chair of the Association for the Study of Primary Education. In addition to working with several school-based initial teacher training providers, he also teaches children (6-18 years-old) in schools on a regular basis for the joy of it.

Professor Mark Brundrett is Professor of Educational Research and Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Services at Liverpool John Moores University (CERES).

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Think before you do 1

1 The benefits of practical research 3

2 Analysing situations - identifying issues 16

3 Reviewing existing ideas 29

Sect. 2 Planning and preparation

4 Who to ask 45

5 How to ask - decisions, decisions! 59

6 How to ask - surveying the situation 78

7 How to ask - observing operations and outcomes 95

8 How to ask - deciphering documentation 109

9 How to ask - action research 124

Sect. 3 Reporting - making sense of the outcomes 141

10 Presenting your findings 143

11 Analysing - comparing evidence 160

12 Conclusions: identifying key findings and recommendations 174

Bibliography 189

Index 200

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