Introduction to Educational Research / Edition 7

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Introduction to Educational Research guides readers through the various steps of the research methods process to help plan and compose their first educational research project. Through comprehensive chapter content and in-text exercises, readers learn how to prepare a research plan, gather and analyze data, address research questions and hypotheses, and organize reports of their projects. The book is practical and student-friendly; Dr. Craig A. Mertler uses a conversational writing style with non-technical language to help students clearly understand and apply research concepts with no prior familiarity with the principles, procedures, or terminology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137013449
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Craig A. Mertler holds a B.S. in Science Education from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in Educational Research and Evaluation from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from Florida State University. Currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and President of Mertler Educational Consulting, Craig began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 30 years, 20 of those in higher education, and 6 as an administrator. Over his career, he has taught courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development. Craig also teaches research methods, statistical analyses, and educational assessment methods. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and Masters theses. He is the author of 20 books, amongst many other scholarly publications. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the USA and internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research, and on the topics of classroom assessment and data-driven decision making. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, and classroom teachers’ assessment literacy. In his leisure time, he coaches high school volleyball and enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family.

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Table of Contents

1 Educational research : its nature and rules of operation 1
2 Types of educational research and corresponding sources of data 25
3 Selecting, refining, and proposing a topic for research 47
4 Locating published research 71
5 Interpreting and summarizing published research 92
6 Designing a research project 114
7 Procedures and tools for gathering data 137
8 Analyzing research data and presenting findings 168
9 Preparing a research report 193
10 Ethnographic research 224
11 Action research and evaluation research 245
12 Descriptive research and historical research 275
13 Correlational research 295
14 Experimental, quasi-experimental, and causal-comparative research 315
App. A Overview of statistical concepts and procedures 348
App. B Using TakeNote! to organize your research reports 371
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