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This book is for practitioners at all levels, from teachers making site-specific decisions to administrators making schoolwide and policy decisions.
Foreword - Henry M. Levin
The Goals of This Book
Who This Book Is For
What This Book Is Not
Overview of the Contents
A Few Words of Explanation
About the Authors
1. Asking the Right Questions
What Is Our Approach to Making Sense of Research?
Five Questions About Research
Four Case Studies of Education Research
2. Behind the Scenes in the World of Education Research
The World of Education Research
Who Does Education Research?
Who Pays for It?
Where Is It Published?
Can You Trust Education Research?
What Does the Future Hold for Education Research?
Does Education Research Really Matter?
3. The Causal Questions: Does It Work? (Part I)
The Causality Conundrum
Simple (Minded) Methods of Establishing Causality
What Can Go Wrong With Experiments?
Why Are Experiments So Unpopular With Education Teachers
4 The Causal Question: Does It Work? (Part II)
Quasi-Experiments and Non-Experiments
The Researcher's Bag of Tricks
5. The Process Question: How Does It Work?
What Is Qualitative Research?
The Qualities of Qualitative Research
The Power of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research Methods
From Whence Comes the Quality in Qualitative Research?
6. The Cost Question: Is It Worthwhile?
The Concept of Costs
The Ingredients Method of Cost Analysis
Two Important Cost Questions
7. The Usability Question: Will It Work for Me?
Will it Work in My Setting?
Some Rules of Thumb for Making Generalizations
Research Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Special Considerations for Qualitative and Cost Studies
8. The Evaluation Question: Is It Working for Me?
What Is User-Driven Research?
User-Driven Research at Lincoln Middle School
Asking the Right Questions
Refocusing on Outcomes
Defining the Problems
Exemplars of User-Driven Research
Resource: Bibliographies for Case Studies
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