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Overview

This substantially revised text emphasizes evidence-based inquiry and provides a comprehensive, highly accessible, and student-friendly introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods currently used in educational research. This text provides a balanced combination of quantitative and qualitative methods and enables students to master skills in reading, understanding, critiquing, and conducting research. Many examples and article excerpts are used throughout the text to demonstrate and highlight best practices in educational research. Evidence-based inquiry is emphasized in two ways: (1) Introductory chapters focus on the added importance of data-driven decision-making, (2) Methodological chapters (9, 10, 12-15) provide explicit guidelines for conducting empirical studies.

New to This Edition:

  • Substantial revision of all chapters with greater depth of coverage to present the most current and useful content available in educational research.
  • A new chapter that covers mixed-method, secondary analysis, and action research. Both mixed-method and secondary analysis studies are becoming more frequent, and many students find themselves conducting action research. This chapter provides an introduction to these three approaches.
  • Four new complete research articles that facilitate student understanding of different types of studies and provide examples to critique.
  • Expanded coverage of experimental validity and randomized designs, including statistical conclusion and construct validity.
  • Coverage of contemporary topics that students need to know because of their increased usage in the literature, including web-based surveys, logistic regression, andSEM.
  • New instructional aids, including expanded application exercises at the end of each chapter and new Misconceptions verses Evidence boxes to show the utility of research.
  • Substantial revision of Chapter 4 to reflect changes in ERIC so that students can use this popular database effectively.
  • Greater emphasis on contemporary evaluation designs.
  • New appendix on writing research articles to assist students in communicating their research. Marginal icons and keywords are included to guide readers to pertinent articles in the Research Navigator database.
  • Instructor’s Manual/Test Bank, PowerPoint™ Presentations, and Companion Website (www.ablongman.com/mcmillanschumacher6e) coordinated by the authors are available to adopters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205455300
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Fundamental Principles of Educational Research

1. Introduction to Evidence-Based Inquiry

Key Terms 

Educational Research in the Twenty-First Century

Research as Scientific, Evidence-Based Inquiry

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Approaches

The Functions of Research: Basic, Applied, Evaluation, and Action

Limitations of Educational Research

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself 

Application Problems

Notes

2. Research Designs and Reading Research Reports

Key Terms

Research Designs

Quantitative Research Designs

Qualitative Research Designs

Mixed-Method Research Designs

Reading and Understanding Research Reports

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Note

3. Research Problems: Statements, Questions, and Hypotheses

Key Terms

The Nature of Research Problems

Problem Formulation in Quantitative Research

Problem Formulation in Qualitative Research

Problem Formulation in Mixed-Method Research

The Significance of Problem Selection

Standards of Adequacy for Problem Statements

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

4. Literature Review.

Key Terms

Functions of a Review of Related Literature

Sources for a Literature Review

Steps in Conducting an Electronic Search

Evaluate, Summarize, and Analyze Primary Sources

Organizing and Writing a Literature Review

Meta-Analysis Literature Reviews

Standards of Adequacy

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes

5. Educational Research on the Internet

Key Terms

Strengths andWeaknesses of the Internet for Educational Research

An Internet Research Strategy

Education Websites

Evaluating and Citing Sources on the Internet

Putting It All Together: An Internet Search

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself 

Application Problems

II.Quantitative Research Designs and Methods

6. Designing Quantitative Research

Key Terms

The Purpose of Research Design

Subjects: Populations and Samples

Data Collection Techniques

Procedures

Design Validity

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Note

7. Descriptive Statistics.

Key Terms

Introduction to Descriptive Statistics

Graphic Portrayals of Data

Measures of Central Tendency

Measures of Variability

Measures of Relationship

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Note

8. Quantitative Data Collection Techniques

Key Terms

Fundamentals of Quantitative Measurement: Technical Adequacy

Paper-and-Pencil Tests

Personality, Attitude, Value, and Interest Inventories

Questionnaires

Interview Schedules

Observation Schedules

Unobtrusive Measures

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself 

Application Problems 

Notes 

9. Nonexperimental Research Designs and Surveys.

Key Terms

Simple Descriptive Designs

A Word about Relationships in Nonexperimental Research

Comparative Designs

Correlational Designs

Survey Research

Ex Post Facto Designs

Standards of Adequacy

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself 

Application Problems

10. Experimental and Single-Subject Research Designs

Key Terms

Introduction to Experimental Research

Experimental Validity 

Pre-Experimental Designs

Randomized Experimental Designs

Quasi-Experimental Designs

Single-Subject Designs

Standards of Adequacy

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself 

Application Problems

Note

11. Inferential Statistics

Key Terms

Logic of Inferential Statistics

Null and Alternative Hypotheses

Level of Significance

Magnitude of Effect

Comparing Two Means: The t-Test

Comparing Two or More Means: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Nonparametric Tests

Multivariate Analyses

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

 

III. Qualitative Research Designs and Methods

12. Designing Qualitative Research

Key Terms

Purposes, Research Questions, and Case Study Design

Purposeful Sampling Strategies

Phases of Data Collection and Analysis Strategies

Validity of Qualitative Designs

Reflexivity in Qualitative Research

Extension of Qualitative Findings

Research Ethics: Roles and Reciprocity

Standards of Adequacy

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes

13. Qualitative Strategies

Key Terms

Multimethod Strategies

Foreshadowed Problems and Reformulations

Entry into the Field

Participant Observation

In-Depth Interviews

Documents and Artifact Collection

Field Observations and Supplementary Techniques

Standards of Adequacy for Qualitative Strategies

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes

14. Qualitative Data Analysis.

Key Terms

Inductive Analysis: An Overview

Interim Analysis

Organizing, Coding and Categorizing

Discovering Patterns

Electronic Qualitative Data Analysis

Variations in Narrative Structure and Representation

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes

IV. Emerging Methods of Research.

15. Mixed-Method Designs, Secondary Data Analysis, and Action Research

Key Terms

Mixed-Method Designs by Angela L. Snyder

Secondary Data Analysis by Kirsten Barrett

Action Research

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Note

V. Analytical Research

16. Concept Analysis and Historical Research

Key Terms

Overview and Purposes of Analytical Research

Analysis of Educational Concepts

Analysis of Historical Events in Education

Oral History

Credibility Standards for Analytical Research

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes


VI. Evaluation and Policy Research Designs and Methods

17. Evaluation Research and Policy Analysis

Key Terms

Purposes and Definition of Evaluation Research

Selected Approaches to Evaluation

Policy Analysis

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis: Potential Benefits and Limitations

Credibility of Evaluation and Policy Reports

Summary

Research Navigator Notes

Check Yourself

Application Problems

Notes

Answers to Application Problems

Appendix A: Guidelines for Writing Research Proposals

Appendix B: Guidelines for Writing Research Reports

Appendix C: Glossary

Appendix D: Calculations for Selected Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

References

Author Index

 

Subject Index

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