Introduction to Educational Research / Edition 7

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Overview

This non-technically written, hands-on introductory text is supported by up-to-date technology to augment students’ comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in educational research methods.

Introduction to Educational Research, Sixth Edition, guides learners through eight research methods to help plan and compose their first educational research project. Through chapter contents and in-text exercises, readers simultaneously learn how to prepare a research plan, gather and analyze data, address research questions and hypotheses, and organize a report of their projects. In keeping with the main purpose of helping students clearly understand and apply research concepts, the language of the text is non-technical and there are are many pedagogical features throughout the text.

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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
  • Sales rank: 255,745
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig A. Mertler is currently a Professor and Dean of the Ross College of Education at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He has been an educator for 28 years, 18 of those in higher education. He teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, and also teaches quantitative research methods, introductory statistical analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and educational assessment methods. He is the author of 15 books, four invited book chapters, 17 refereed journal articles, two instructors' manuals, and numerous nonrefereed articles and manuscripts. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers' assessment literacy. Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science, and also coached track and volleyball. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf.
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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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