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Applying Educational Research How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice, Pearson eText with Loose-Leaf Version -- Access Card Package

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Applying Educational Research focuses on relating research to practice, helping educators see the relevance of research to their daily work.  This goal of making research relevant is accomplished by focusing on current “problems of practice.” Each chapter highlights a set of important issues for teachers, students, and schools–-issues like teacher evaluation, the effectiveness of close-reading strategies, and the use of computer-supported instruction.  The research examples and articles in the chapter then address these issues, providing students a meaningful context for the information they are learning about research methods. Through this approach, students learn about the research process and current research on topics that directly impact practice.

 

From reviews of the text:

 

The writing style of the textbook is excellent . . . . Writing clarity for content builds from one paragraph to another. . . . The Gall, Gall, and Borg textbook is the only text I would consider for [my Master’s-level research course]. Because the authors are scholars and practitioners, they bring a depth and range to the topic of educational research that is unsurpassed."

            --Vikki K. Collins, Troy University

 

"The writing style is very clear. I find it easy to read and navigate among the chapters. Most graduate students in my class will not have any problems reading the book. The authors provide a very gentle introduction to educational research. . . . The authors adopt a balanced view of educational research. . . . They have explained most of the quantitative analyses used in educational research, and they have explicated the major theories of qualitative research. They have introduced the research techniques in a clear manner accessible to a broad audience inside and outside of the education field."

            --Xiaofeng Steven Lui, University of South Carolina

 

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Author Biography

Meredith “Mark” Gall, professor emeritus, has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He was an R & D specialist at the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development and then a professor of education at the University of Oregon, where he served in various capacities, including head of teacher education and director of graduate studies in curriculum and instruction. His specializations include research methodology, teacher development, teaching strategies, and the psychology of studying. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Educational Research, and Elementary School Journal. Among his other book publications are Educational Research: An Introduction and Clinical Supervision and Teacher Development.

 

Joyce P. “Joy” Gall has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked as a trainer-developer at the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, the American Institutes for Research, ROLM Corporation, and the University of Oregon. Her specializations include educational leadership, the psychology of studying, and training and development in education and industry. Her other books include Educational Research: An Introduction, Making the Grade, Help Your Son or Daughter Study for Success, and Tools for Learning: A Guide to Teaching Study Skills.

Table of Contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

 

Chapter 1: Using Research Evidence to Improve Educational Practice   

Evidence-Based Professional Practice  

Evidence-Based Practice in Education  

The Purpose of Educational Research  

Characteristics of Research as an Approach to Inquiry  

Quantitative and Qualitative Research  

Collaborating with Researchers  

A Personal Note: The Research “Spark”   

An Example of How Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: How Students’ Sleepy Brains Fail Them   

Chapter 2: Doing Your Own Research: From Proposal to Final Report   

Identifying a Research Problem  

Outlining a Research Proposal    

Other Steps in the Research Process  

Self-Check Test  

Sample Outline of a Quantitative Research Proposal

Sample Outline of a Qualitative Research Proposal

 

PART 2: APPLYING THE RESEARCH LITERATURE TO PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 3: Conducting and Writing Your Own Literature Review

Informal Literature Reviews  

Formal Literature Reviews  

Professional Literature Reviews

A Systematic Procedure for Doing Formal Literature Reviews    

Parts and Presentation of a Literature Review  

Self-Check Test  

Article: The Case For and Against Homework

Article: The Process Writing Approach: A Meta-Analysis

Chapter 4: Using Search Engines and Available Literature Reviews       

The Purpose of Search Engines  

Selecting a Useful Search Engine  

Using Search Engines    

Obtaining a Publication after a Literature Search  

Locating Published Literature Reviews

Criteria for Evaluating Published Literature Reviews

An Example of How Literature Reviews Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice

Self-Check Test  

  

PART 3: USING QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 5: Analyzing and Evaluating Reports of Quantitative Research Studies

Organization of a Quantitative Research Report  

Abstract and Introduction  

Method Section: Sampling Procedures  

Method Section: Measures  

Method Section: Research Design and Procedures  

Results Section  

Discussion Section  

An Example of How Quantitative Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: Developing a Measure of Behavior Change in a Program to Help Low-Income Parents Prevent Unhealthful Weight Gain in Children

Chapter 6: Using Descriptive Statistics to Study Problems of Practice    

Constructs, Variables, and Measurement Scales  

Statistical Analysis of Data  

Descriptive Statistics  

Multivariate Descriptive Statistics  

Calculating Descriptive Statistics  

An Example of How Descriptive Statistics Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Chapter 7: Tests of Statistical Significance

The Logic of Statistical Significance and Confidence Intervals  

Inferential Statistics  

Tests of Statistical Significance  

Calculating Statistics  

Using Statistics to Improve Professional Practice  

An Example of How Tests of Statistical Significance Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Chapter 8: The Practical Significance of Statistical Results          

The Practical Significance of Statistical Results  

Comparisons with Personal and Organizational Standards  

Comparisons with Ideal Standards  

Comparisons with Curriculum Standards 

Comparisons Based on Rankings  

Comparisons Involving Tables of Norms 

Comparisons Involving Standard Scores  

Effect Sizes  

Gain Scores 

Practical Significance as an Interpretive Process  

An Example of How Determining the Practical Significance of Statistical Results Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test

Article: Can Growth Ever Be beside the Point?   

Chapter 9: Descriptive Research    

The Relevance of Descriptive Research to Educational Practice  

Examples of Descriptive Research

Features of a Descriptive Research Report  

Evaluating a Descriptive Research Study  

An Example of How Descriptive Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: Examining the Extent and Nature of Online Learning in American K-12 Education: The Research Initiatives of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Chapter 10: Group Comparison Research

Classification of Quantitative Research Designs  

The Relevance of Group Comparison Research to Educational Practice  

Examples of Group Comparison Research  

Features of a Group Comparison Research Report  

Evaluating a Group Comparison Research Study  

An Example of How Group Comparison Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: Jordanian Prospective and Experienced Chemistry Teachers’ Beliefs about Teaching and Learning and their Potential for Educational Reform

Chapter 11: Correlational Research           

Comparison of Correlational and Group Comparison Research Designs  

Examples of Correlational Research 

Correlation between Two Variables  

Correlation Involving More Than Two Variables 

Features of a Correlational Research Report  

Evaluating a Correlational Research Study  

An Example of How Correlational Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: The Measurement and Predictive Ability of Metacognition in Middle School Learners

Chapter 12: Experimental Research

The Relevance of Experimental Research to Educational Practice  

Characteristics of Experiments  

Examples of Experimental Research  

Features of a Report of a Pretest–Posttest Control-Group Experiment with Randomization  

Other Group Experiment Designs  

Threats to the Internal Validity of Experiments  

Threats Directly Involving the Experimental Intervention 

Threats to the External Validity of Experiments  

Single-Case Experiments  

Features of a Report of a Single-Case Experiment  

Evaluating an Experimental Research Study  

An Example of How Experimental Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: After-School Multifamily Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Low-Income, Urban, Latino Children  

Article: Increasing On-Task Behavior in the Classroom: Extension of Self-Monitoring Strategies   

 

PART 4: USING QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 13: Case Studies in Qualitative Research

How Qualitative Case Study Research Can Help Educators Solve Problems of Practice  

Key Characteristics of Case Studies  

Examples of Case Studies  

The Nature of Qualitative Research  

Qualitative Research Traditions  

Features of a Case Study Report 

Checking the Applicability of Case Study Findings  

Evaluating the Quality and Rigor of a Case Study  

An Example of How Case Study Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: Teaching Secrets: Ask the Kids!   

Article: Exemplary Social Studies Teachers’ Use of Computer-Supported Instruction in the Classroom  

Chapter 14: Ethnography and Critical Research    

The Use of Critical Ethnography to Study Problems of Practice in Education  

The Characteristics of Ethnographic Research 

Differences between Ethnographies and Basic Case Studies 

Examples of Ethnographic Research  

Critical Research as a Field of Inquiry and Practice  

Foundations of Critical Research in Education  

Features of a Critical Ethnographic Research Report  

Evaluating Ethnographies and Critical Ethnographies  

An Example of How Ethnography and Critical Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: A Visual Ethnography on Pedagogy, Aesthetics, and the Spatial Experience of Growing Up Urban

Chapter 15: Narrative Research     

Narratives as a Focus for Research  

Examples of Narrative Research in Education  

Features of a Narrative Research Report  

Evaluating a Narrative Research Study  

An Example of How Narrative Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: Teacher Identity and Early Career Resilience: Exploring the Links  

Chapter 16: Historical Research

The Nature of Historical Research  

The Role of Historical Research in Education  

Methods of Historical Research  

Identifying Historical Sources  

Validating Historical Evidence  

Interpreting Historical Data  

Features of a Historical Research Report  

Evaluating Historical Research  

An Example of How Historical Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: Go To the Principal’s Office: Toward a Social History of the School Principal in North America  

 

PART 5: COMBINING QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGIES TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 17: Mixed-Methods Research

The Need for Multiple Research Methods  

Types of Mixed-Methods Research  

Reading a Mixed-Methods Research Report  

Evaluating Reports of Mixed-Methods Studies  

An Example of How Mixed-Methods Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: A Portrait of Administrator, Teacher, and Parent Perceptions of Title I School Improvement Plans

 

PART 6: USING OTHER RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES TO STUDY PROBLEMS

OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 18: Action Research           

The History of Action Research  

Using Action Research to Address Problems of Practice  

Examples of Action Research Studies  

Design Features of Action Research  

How Action Research Differs from Educators’ Other Approaches to Problem Solving  

Purposes and Benefits of Action Research  

Applying Action Science to Action Research  

The Insider–Outsider Perspective in Collaborative Action Research 

Evaluating the Credibility and Trustworthiness of Action Research Projects 

An Example of How Action Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: Recognizing a “Different Drum” Through Close-Reading Strategies

Chapter 19: Evaluation Research    

The Use of Evaluation Research in Educational Decision Making  

Examples of Evaluation Research  

Programs as a Focus of Evaluation Research  

Evaluation Research as a Political Activity  

Models of Evaluation Research  

How to Read an Evaluation Research Report  

Evaluating an Evaluation Research Study and Uses of Evaluation in Educational Practice  

An Example of How Program Evaluations Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test 

Article: What Did the Teachers Think?  Teachers’ Responses to the Use of Value-Added Modeling as a Tool for Evaluating Teacher Effectivenes

 

Self-Check Test Answers  

Appendix 1 Guide for Outlining a Quantitative or Qualitative Research Proposal  

Appendix 2  Search Options in the ERIC Search Machine

Appendix 3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Quantitative Study  

Appendix 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Qualitative Study  

Appendix 5 Design-Specific Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Research Report  

Glossary  

 

 

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