Designing and Conducting Research in Education

Designing and Conducting Research in Education

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Designing and Conducting Research in Education by Clifford J. Drew, Michael L Hardman, John L. Hosp

"The authors did an excellent job of engaging students by being empathetic to their anxieties while taking a research design course. The authors also present a convincing case of the relevancies of research in daily life by showing how information was used or misused to affect our personal and professional decisions." —Cherng-Jyh Yen, George Washington University

A practice-oriented, non-mathematical approach to understanding, planning, conducting, and interpreting research in education

Practical and applied, Designing and Conducting Research in Education is the perfect first step for students who will be consuming research as well as for those who will be actively involved in conducting research. Readers will find up-to-date examinations of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research approaches which have emerged as important components in the toolbox of educational research. Real-world situations are presented in each chapter taking the reader through various challenges often encountered in the world of educational research.

Key Features:

  • Examines quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research approaches, which have emerged as important components in the toolbox of educational research
  • Explains each step of the research process very practically to help students plan and conduct a research project in education
  • Applies research in real-world situations by taking the reader through various challenges often encountered in field settings
  • Includes a chapter on ethical issues in conducting research
  • Provides a Student study site that offers the opportunity to interact with contemporary research articles in education
  • Instructor Resources on CD provide a Computerized test bank, Sample Syllabi, General Teaching Tips and more

Intended audience: This book provides an introduction to research that emphasizes the fundamental concepts of planning and design. The book is designed to be a core text for the very first course on research methods. In some fields the first course is offered at an undergraduate level whereas in others it is a beginning graduate class.

"The book is perfect for introductory students. The language is top notch, the examples are helpful, and the graphic features (tables, figures) are uncomplicated and contain important information in an easy-to-understand format. Excellent text!" —John Huss, Northern Kentucky University

"Designing and Conducting Research in Education is written in a style that is conducive to learning for the type of graduate students we teach here in the College of Education. I appreciate the 'friendly' tone and concise writing that the authors utilize." —Steven Harris, Tarleton State University

"A hands on, truly accessible text on how to design and conduct research"
—Joan P. Sebastian, National University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483319483
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/13/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

Part I: Overview of Research
Chapter 1: The Foundations of Research
Chapter Objectives
Perspectives on Educational Research
Defining Ways of Conducting Research
Foundations of Research
Research Types and Methods in Brief
The Research Process
About Simulations
Simulation 1.1
Chapter 2: The Research Process
Chapter Objectives
Finding a Topic to Research
Steps in the Scientific Method
Simulation 2.1
Chapter 3: Ethical Issues in Conducting Research
Chapter Objectives
Ensuring the Protection of Human Participants
Ethical Considerations in Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Monitoring Ethics in Research: Institutional Review Boards
Ethics and Professionalism
Simulation 3.1
Chapter 4: Participant Selection and Assignment
Chapter Objectives
Participant Selection
Participant Assignment
Simulation 4.1
Chapter 5: Measures and Instruments
Chapter Objectives
Selection and Definition of Criterion Measures
Instruments or Tasks
Simulation 5.1
Part II: Research Methods and Designs
Chapter 6: Quantitative Research Methodologies
Chapter Objectives
Defining Quantitative Research
Basic Experimental Design Formats
Traditional Group Experimental Designs
After the Design: Analysis and Interpretation
Simulation 6.1
Chapter 7: Designing Non-Experimental Research
Chapter Objectives
Defining Experimental and Non-Experimental Research
Survey Research
Observation Studies
Simulation 7.1
Chapter 8: Introduction to Qualitative Research and Mixed-Methods Design
Chapter Objectives
An Overview of Qualitative Research
Mixed Methods
Simulation 8.1
Chapter 9: Research Design Pitfalls
Chapter Objectives
Types of Design Validity
Threats to Experimental Design Validity
Standards of Rigor
Simulation 9.1
Part III: Data Analysis and Results Interpretation
Chapter 10: Statistics Choices
Statistics: What and Why
The Decision Tree: Moving from the Question to the Analysis
The Importance of Data Type in Selecting Statistics
Simulation 10.1
Simulation 10.2
Chapter 11: Data Tabulation
Chapter Objectives
Aggregating Data
Graphing Data
Simulation 11.1
Chapter 12: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter Objectives
Categories of Descriptive Statistics
Simulation 12.1
Simulation 12.2
Chapter 13: Inferential Statistics
Chapter Objectives
General Background of Inferential Statistics
Difference Questions: Which Statistic and When
Relationship Questions: Which Statistic and When
Simulation 13.1
Simulation 13.2
Chapter 14: Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter Objectives
Preliminary Analysis
Post Data-Gathering Analysis
Inductive and Deductive Analyses
Phenomenological Analytical Techniques
Reporting Qualitative Research
Simulation 14.1
Chapter 15: Interpreting Results
Research as an Integrated Process
Interpretation of Results
Acquiring Interpretation Skills for Research
Simulation 15.1
Appendix A: Table of Random Numbers

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