Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research

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Overview

The first introduction to educational research text to offer a truly balanced, inclusive, and integrated overview of the field as it currently stands. The book's coverage is unique not only in its balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research designs but also in its examination of the research process from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives.

FEATURES THAT DISTINGUISH THIS TEXT

Provides Balanced Coverage of Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Method Research. Looks at the process simultaneously from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. Frequently compares and contrasts quantitative and qualitative approaches so that students understand nuances of the process from each perspective. Gives in-depth coverage of several key design types, including experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, survey, grounded theory, ethnographic, narrative research, mixed method, and action research.

Helps Students Learn How to Begin to Do Research. Six fundamental steps of research are discussed with concrete examples in the eight chapters in the "Steps in the Research Process" section of the text. Sample scripts, helpful guidelines, and "Useful Information for Producers of Research" checklists are provided to support students' research efforts and to aid learning. In addition, a beginning researcher's experience designing and conducting a study is followed throughout the book to give students a realistic perspective.

Helps Students Learn How to Read and Evaluate Research Studies. Annotated research articles, including one within each design chapter, help students become more skilled atinterpreting and evaluating research. Marginal annotations help students understand the structures of articles and key issues to look for and consider. The "Useful Information for Consumers of Research" feature appearing in each chapter offers concrete guidance in interpreting and evaluating research.

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"I believe that this is the premier treatment of this topic currently on the market. Such a textbook would have been very useful to me in my own training." - Frederick J. Brigham, George Mason University

"It is Informational yet conversational and engaging to the reader." - Christine Anne Royce, Shippensburg University

"The text is very easy to read and provides a good overview of the topics." - Linda Shepherd, Indiana University - Bloomington

"When it comes to balancing qualitative and quantitative approaches in a single text, this is the best book currently available in the market." - Hari Koirala, Eastern Connecticut State University

"Most other books cover the same material. This book communicates directly to the students better." - Julita G. Lambating, California State University - Sacramento

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132073080
  • Publisher: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007

Meet the Author

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology and teaches courses and writes about educational research design, mixed methods research, and qualitative methodology. He has been at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 30 years and has authored 12 books, numerous new editions of these books, and over 150 journal and book chapter publications. These works focus on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. In addition, he founded both the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and assisted investigators in developing proposals for extramural funding in the health sciences and education. In 2008, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and lectured on research methodology at five universities.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I An Overview of Educational Research 1
Ch. 1 An Introduction to the Process of Research 2
Ch. 2 Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches 42
Pt. II The Steps in the Process of Research 65
Ch. 3 Identifying a Research Problem 66
Ch. 4 Reviewing the Literature 85
Ch. 5 Specifying a Purpose and Research Questions or Hypotheses 124
Ch. 6 Collecting Quantitative Data 158
Ch. 7 Collecting Qualitative Data 190
Ch. 8 Analyzing and Interpreting Quantitative Data 220
Ch. 9 Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data 256
Ch. 10 Reporting and Evaluating Research 284
Pt. III Research Designs 311
Ch. 11 Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs 313
Ch. 12 Correlational Designs 360
Ch. 13 Survey Designs 395
Ch. 14 Grounded Theory Designs 438
Ch. 15 Ethnographic Designs 480
Ch. 16 Narrative Research Designs 520
Ch. 17 Mixed Method Designs 559
Ch. 18 Action Research Designs 602
App. A Determining Size Using Sample Size Tables 633
App. B Strategies for Defending a Research Proposal 637
Glossary 641
References 652
Author Index 659
Subject Index 663
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    What an outstanding Text!

    A very user friendly text that allows the reader to look at research in a different light. I recommend this text to any graduate student who is entering the field of research at the Master's or Doctoral level.

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