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Introduction to Educational Research / Edition 7

Introduction to Educational Research / Edition 7

by Craig A. Mertler
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    ISBN-13: 2900137013448
    Publisher: Pearson
    Publication date: 01/15/2010
    Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 432
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Dr. Craig A. Mertler is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 32 years—22 of those in higher education at Bowling Green State University, the University of West Georgia, Lynn University, and Arizona State University, and 9 as an administrator (department chair, doctoral program director, and education dean). Over his career, he has taught courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, as well as classroom assessment, research methods, and statistical analyses. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. He is the author of 23 books, 8 invited book chapters, and 20 refereed journal articles. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally.

    Dr. Mertler can be reached at for consulting, professional development, and speaking engagements. Additionally, you can visit his website at and connect with him on Twitter @craigmertler.

    Table of Contents

    About the Author
    Chapter 1. What Is Educational Research?
    Finding Answers to Questions
    The Scientific Method
    Educational Research—What It Is and What It Is Not
    Educational Research as a Process
    Knowing Your Specific Discipline
    Educators as Researchers
    Chapter 2. Overview of the Educational Research Process
    Identifying and Limiting a Research Topic or Problem
    Formally Stating and Refining Research Question(s)
    Reviewing Existing Literature Related to the Problem
    Writing a Literature Review
    Developing a Research Plan
    Implementing the Research Plan and Collecting Data
    Analyzing the Data
    Stating Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations in a Written Research Report
    The Educational Research Process—A Brief Example
    Chapter 3. Identifying a Research Problem
    Identifying a Research Topic or Problem
    Necessary Terminology Related to Research
    Research Questions and Hypotheses
    Chapter 4. Ethics in Educational Research
    Ethical Considerations in the Conduct of Research
    Ethics in Qualitative Versus Quantitative Studies
    Institutional Review Boards
    Formal Preparation for Research with Human Participants
    Chapter 5. Reviewing Related Research Literature
    What Is a Literature Review?
    Sources for Literature Related to Your Research Topic
    Searching the ERIC Online Database
    Searching the Google Scholar Online Database
    Writing Your Literature Review
    Not Just for Conducting Research—Valuable Sources for Professional Development
    Chapter 6. Qualitative Research Methods
    Characteristics of Qualitative Research
    The Qualitative Research Process
    Approaches to Conducting Qualitative Research
    More About Ethnographic Research
    More About Narrative Research
    Chapter 7. Quantitative Research Methods
    Characteristics of Quantitative Research
    The Quantitative Research Process
    Nonexperimental Research Designs
    Experimental Research Designs
    Threats to Validity in Quantitative Designs
    Chapter 8. Mixed-Methods Research
    Characteristics of Mixed-Methods Research
    The Mixed-Methods Research Process
    Approaches to Conducting Mixed-Methods Research
    Validity in Mixed-Methods Research
    Strengths and Limitations of Mixed-Methods Research
    Chapter 9. Action Research
    Characteristics of Action Research
    The Action Research Process
    Action Planning and Reflection
    Validity in Action Research
    Strengths and Limitations of Action Research
    Chapter 10. Writing a Research Proposal
    Purpose of a Research Proposal
    General Aspects of a Research Proposal
    Components of a Quantitative Research Proposal
    Components of a Qualitative Research Proposal
    Proposals for Action Research and Mixed-Methods Studies
    Chapter 11. Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
    Sampling Techniques in Qualitative Research
    Qualitative Data Collection Techniques
    Characteristics of Qualitative Data: Accuracy, Credibility, and Dependability
    Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques
    Chapter 12. Quantitative Data Collection
    Sampling Techniques in Quantitative Research
    Scales of Measurement
    Quantitative Data Collection Techniques
    Characteristics of Quantitative Data: Validity and Reliability
    Chapter 13. Quantitative Data Analysis
    Quantitative Data Analysis Techniques
    Chapter 14. Writing a Final Research Report
    Importance of the Audience
    General Guidelines for Writing a Research Report
    Practical Guidelines for Writing
    An Example of a Research Report
    Appendix: Teachers’ Perceptions of the Influence of No Child Left Behind on Classroom Practices

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