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"I like the clear references and examples for difficult topics, especially research methodologies and various types of analyses. Students tend to be fearful of statistics and research, in general, when they start the course, so a text that provides a lot of practical information in a readable, understandable way is important."
Part I: FOUNDATIONS: THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH IN EDUCATION. 1. The Nature of Scientific Inquiry. 2. The Scientific Approach in Education. Part II: RESEARCH BACKGROUND. 3. The Research Problem. 4. Reviewing the Literature. 5. The Hypothesis. Part III: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS. 6. Descriptive Statistics. 7. Sampling and Inferential Statistics. Part IV: FUNDAMENTALS. 8. Tools of Research. 9. Validity and Reliability. Part V: RESEARCH METHODS. 10. Experimental Research. 11. Experimental Research Design. 12. Ex Post Facto Research. 13. Correlation Research. 14. Survey Research. 15. Defining and Designing Qualitative Research. 16. Types of Qualitative Research. Part VI: COMMUNICATING RESEARCH. 17. Analyzing and Reporting Qualitative Research. 18. Action Research. 19. Mixed Methods Research. 20. Guidelines for Writing Research Proposals. 21. Interpreting and Reporting Results of Quantitative Research.
Posted April 9, 2010
This book is very helpful in gaining an introduction to research methods for education. It gives you enough information to be dangerous but doesn't overwhelm you with too much information. (I also had to purchase "Educational Research: An Introduction" by Gall, Gall, & Borg, and that text does exactly that--overwhelms you with way too much info for an intro book, IMHO.) The author drew some cute little cartoons throughout the book that lend a bit of humor, and difficult concepts are explained fairly easily. Overall a decent read, especially for a textbook. If you have this book for a class, make sure to read it, as it will greatly supplement and clarify anything the professor says.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2009
This textbook is organized and very thorough. It teaches you all about research. It would also be a good book to keep for writing a thesis or dissertation. All the information in this book can be found on the internet. I had to purchase this book for a class. My professor was excellent and I probably could have done without the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2012
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