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Helping students become intelligent consumers of research, Educational Research: Fundamentals for the Consumer, Third Edition, provides comprehensive, highly readable coverage of fundamental principles and methods of contemporary educational research. Covering both quantitative and qualitative research, the third edition shows how to analyze and evaluate research, and judge the usefulness of the findings as they relate to the classroom.
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Surveys academic research, the process that creates it, and the procedures for locating and measuring it, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, with the goal of educating students to become intelligent consumers of educational research. Introduces basic principles of quantitative and qualitative research, reviews distinctive characteristics of methodologies including descriptive, experimental, and single subject, and offers some 50 excerpts from published works. Includes chapter outlines, study questions, sample test questions, and answers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673998644
  • Publisher: Harper Collins College Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. McMillan is professor and chair of foundations of education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches educational research and assessment courses and directs the Research and Evaluation Track of the PhD in education program. He is also director of the Metropolitan Ed­ucational Research Consortium, a partnership of Virginia Commonwealth University and seven Richmond-area school divisions that conducts and disseminates action and applied research. His current research interests include classroom and large-scale assessment. He has recently published the third edition of Classroom Assessment: Principles and Practice for Effective Standards-Based Instruction and edited Formative Classroom Assessment: Theory into Practice. He has authored three educa­tional research methods textbooks and published numerous articles in journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Educa­tional Measurement: Issues and Practice.
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Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student
1 Introduction to Research in Education 1
2 Variables, Research Problems, and Hypotheses 27
3 Locating and Reviewing Related Literature 47
4 Using the Internet for Educational Research 75
5 Subjects, Participants, and Sampling 101
6 Foundations of Educational Measurement 119
7 Types of Educational Measures 147
8 Nonexperimental Quantitative Research Designs 176
9 Experimental and Single-Subject Research Designs 206
10 Analyzing Statistical Inferences 236
11 Qualitative Research Designs 251
12 Analyzing Discussion and Conclusions 287
13 The Intelligent Consumer: Putting It All Together 303
App: Answers to Sample Test Questions 366
References 368
Acknowledgments 373
Index 375
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