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Doing Your Education Research Project / Edition 1
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Doing Your Education Research Project / Edition 1

by Neil Burton, Mark Brundrett, Marion Jones
 

ISBN-10: 1412947553

ISBN-13: 9781412947558

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412947558
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
Think before you do     1
The benefits of practical research     3
The move towards a postgraduate profession     4
Towards research informed practice     6
From teacher to researcher     7
Individualised learning     10
Base-lining and evaluating impact     11
Learning teacher, learning school, learning organisation     13
Learning check     13
Further Reading     15
Analysing situations - identifying issues     16
Research with a purpose     17
External influences     19
Internal issues     21
Asking questions     24
Starting points and open minds     25
Clarifying purpose     27
Further Reading     28
Reviewing existing ideas     29
Conducting a literature review     30
Conducting a systematic review     32
Making literature reviews more systematic     35
Using the literature review to develop a conceptual framework for a research study     37
Conclusions     40
Further Reading     41
Planning and preparation     43
Who toask     45
Introduction     45
Selecting a sample     46
Probability sampling     46
Non-probability sampling     47
Gaining access     48
The gatekeeper     49
Ethical issues     50
Ownership     52
Balance of power     54
Informed consent     56
Conclusion     58
Further Reading     58
How to ask - decisions, decisions!     59
Models of research - a philosophical starting point     59
Approaches to research     64
Deconstruct the question     68
Working from pros and cons     72
Selection or de-selection?     76
Summary     77
Further Reading     77
How to ask - surveying the situation     78
What is a survey?     79
What is a case study?     80
Questionnaires and interviews     80
The delivery format - questionnaires     81
The delivery format - interviews     83
Constructing an interview schedule     86
Interview schedule - the research tool     88
Constructing a questionnaire      89
Questionnaire - the research tool     93
Further Reading     94
How to ask - observing operations and outcomes     95
The 'natural' research tool of the educational profession?     96
Types and forms of observation     97
Research tools and methods of recording data     99
Methods of analysis of observational data     105
Ethics and observational methods     106
Intervention?     107
Conclusions     107
Further Reading     108
How to ask - deciphering documentation     109
What is a 'document'?     109
How can documents be used in research activity?     111
Assessing documents     115
Accessing documents     116
Developing documentary research tools     117
Analysing documentary evidence     122
Summary of strengths     123
And weaknesses     123
Further Reading     123
How to ask - action research     124
Introduction     124
The nature of 'action research'     125
Definition of action research     127
Identifying the general idea     128
Formulating the research question     130
The action research process     132
Planning your action research project     135
Action research - a constructivist approach to knowledge creation     136
Reporting your action research     138
Caveats     138
Further Reading     139
Reporting - making sense of the outcomes     141
Presenting your findings     143
Relationship between data presentation, data analysis and initial research questions     143
Qualitative and quantitative data     146
Presenting qualitative data     147
Presenting quantitative data     148
Use of basic statistical tests     153
Summary     158
Further Reading     159
Analysing - comparing evidence     160
Data storage and retrieval     160
Types of evidence     162
Maintaining focus and coherence     163
Coding - breaking down and reassembling of data     163
Intricate process of data analysis     167
Enhancing the validity of research outcomes     168
Do the data answer the question?     168
External validation     172
Further Reading      173
Conclusions: identifying key findings and recommendations     174
Writing research reports - the importance of structure     175
Scholarly skills - referencing     179
Professional reports to non-specialist audiences     179
Using research outcomes to inform practice     182
Conclusions     187
Further Reading     188
Bibliography     189
Index     200

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