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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.
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
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