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"This is an excellent textbook that covers information on educational research in a comprehensive style. The textbook's logical format, accuracy, and many clear examples, relevent to educational research, provide students and any reader with samples to more easily familiarize themselves with the tools needed to conduct a research investigation."
-- Laura J. Shea Doolan, St. Joseph's College
"[Mertler] provides a very organized, non-technical introductory text to enhance students' comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitiative techiques in educational research."
-- Li-Ling Chen, California State University at East Bay
This text balances quantitative and qualitative research methods and guides learners through nine research methods to help plan and compose their first educational research project. Through chapter content 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 research report. In keeping with the main purpose of helping students clearly understand and apply research concepts, the language of the text is non-technical and every chapter contains multiple pedagogical supports.
MyEducationLab for Research is integrated throughout the seventh edition. Every chapter contains margin icons that correlate chapter topics to assignments and activities within the MyEducationLab website. MyEducationLab is an interactive learning website that helps students practice and strengthen skills that are essential to understanding and producing good research.
|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|
|11||Action research and evaluation research||245|
|12||Descriptive research and historical research||275|
|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|