Practical Research Methods for Educators: Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner

Practical Research Methods for Educators: Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner

by Ennio Cipani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826122353

ISBN-13: 9780826122353

Pub. Date: 05/11/2009

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

This text offers a fresh perspective on developing research skills for educators as well as for students studying to become educators. Practical Research Methods for Educators is unique in identifying the requirements for conducting pragmatic research for everyday instructional personnel.

The book introduces key concepts, such as identifying and measuring

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Overview

This text offers a fresh perspective on developing research skills for educators as well as for students studying to become educators. Practical Research Methods for Educators is unique in identifying the requirements for conducting pragmatic research for everyday instructional personnel.

The book introduces key concepts, such as identifying and measuring dependent and independent variables. It also reviews the three forms of research (descriptive, correlation, and experimental). With this book, educators and students can become well prepared to appropriately conduct research and become wise consumers and critics of research findings.

Each chapter presents a brief description of a research design, figures illustrating the design features with hypothetical data, and real research studies that utilized such a design. Each type of single-case design is discussed in relation to its advantages and limitations.

Key features:

  • Outlines the requisites for single-case research and methodological designs
  • Explains how to measure the dependent variable in single-case research studies
  • Presents a variety of single-case designs for use in classroom research projects
  • Includes an in-depth explanation of the four types of applied research: demonstration, comparative, parametric, and component analysis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826122353
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/11/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Science & the Scientific Method

What is Science?

Science and the Study of Variables

Descriptive Research Studies

Correlation Research Studies

Experimental Research Studies

Chapter 2: Measuring the Dependent Variable

Methodological Requirements for Measuring Student Behavior

Steps to Measuring Student Behavior

Measuring Student Learning

Chapter 3: Basics of Single Subject Designs

Characteristics of Single Case Designs

Requisites for Collecting Single-Case Research Data

Determining a Treatment Effect in Single Case Designs

Contrasting Group Versus Single Case Experimental Designs

Chapter 4: Single Case Designs

AB and Additive Designs

Reversal Designs

Multiple Baseline Designs

Multi-Element Designs (AKA Alternating Dreams Design)

Changing Criterion Designs

Chapter 5: Types of Single-Case Research Studies
Deciding on the Type of Research Studies
Potential Thesis/Dissertation Research Topics

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

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