Research Methods for Education

Research Methods for Education

by Peter Newby



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Research Methods for Education by Peter Newby

Written with the novice educational researcher in mind, Research Methods in Education is designed to help students produce good quality, valid and valuable research. The text is written in an engaging style and adopts a mixed-methods approach; guidance on analytical procedures that require more advanced tools such as SPSS and Minitab are also provided. The book is packed with exercises, examples and comparative international material from other educational contexts, all of which help to introduce this complex subject in an easy to use format for people that are new to research and are not confident with numerical information.

Peter Newby's student-friendly text allows the researcher to confidently address the practical aspects of deciding on a research project, designing a questionnaire or presenting conclusions in the most convincing way.

"Of the many research books available this one stands out as it is clear, logically structured, explains sophisticated concepts in an accessible manner without oversimplifying them and has a format which students (at undergraduate and postgraduate) like. In addition the powerpoint slides that accompany the book provide an excellent basis for lectures and can be edited / adopted to personalise them. I anticipate using this book for quite some time on several courses."

Dr Pete Allison, Coordinator of Masters Research courses at The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405835749
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/07/2010
Pages: 706
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

For ten years, Peter Newby headed up educational development at Middlesex University. After this he set up an education research and development centre where the focus of the work was the exploration of learning processes and frameworks that could deliver prosperity and greater social equality to communities. Peter is now Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Middlesex University.

Table of Contents

PART 1: The Context for Your Research

Chapter 1 Research: A Messy Business
Chapter 2 Understanding the Research Process
Chapter 3 Putting Your Research Design Together

PART 2: The Process of Data Collection

Chapter 4 Data: Assembling the Research Toolkit

Chapter 5 Using Literature In Research
Chapter 6 Getting the Right Information
Chapter 7 Modelling Data Needs
Chapter 8 Using Questionnaires
Chapter 9 Talking, Listening and Watching: Other Approaches to Data Collection

PART 3: The Process of Data Analysis

Chapter 10 Extracting the Information from Statistical Data
Chapter 11 Extracting the Information from Qualitative Data Sets
Chapter 12 Extracting Information from Quantitative Data
Chapter 13 Using Statistics to Say Something Significant
Chapter 14 Putting It All Together

Appendix 1: Calculating sample size

Appendix 2: Calculating critical values for the Kolmogorov- Smirnov test

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