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Applying Educational Research : How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice

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6th
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9780205596706

ISBN10:
0205596703
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Pub. Date:
9/6/2009
Publisher(s):
Pearson
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This textbook is a helpful, comprehensive introduction to all kinds of research, not just toward education. It covers all major issues and topics without being too complicated for bachelor students. For the first time, readers will see the relevance of research to educational practice. Recommended.






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Summary

This text brings research alive for educators by introducing readers to people who actually do research. It is intended for instructors who emphasize teaching students how to locate, read, and interpret and apply the findings of educational research studies. The revision addresses how to design and conduct a research study in more detail.

The text includes numerous recent, published research articles involving high interest problems of educational practice. The chapters, which treat quantitative, qualitative, and applied forms of educational research, stand alone, allowing instructors to choose those they want to cover. Designed for courses focused primarily on applying, rather than conducting research, this text includes 13 actual research articles, reprinted in their entirety. The primary author of each article then offers original commentary on his/her piece. Through this format, the text presents a comprehensive explanation of the methodologies used by present day researchers, data collection challenges, and the meaning of the results. The book makes no assumptions about readers' prior knowledge of research or statistics.

This text builds students' confidence so that they are able to successfully read research reports and research. Through its clear yet scholarly treatment and numerous examples of educational research the text addresses the learning and application needs of an increasingly wider spectrum of students and practitioners in the field of education. For the first time, readerswill see the relevance of research to educational practice.

“Research is generally viewed as an ominous undertaking but this text guides the reader and helps dispel the myths associated with its implementation.”-Marylin Lisowski, Eastern Illinois University

“This text is well organized and presents the information in a manner that is highly usable for students who are learning how to apply educational research.”-Deborah J. Hendricks, West Virginia University

“This text is well written. I applaud the use of articles as part of the learning process.”-Dale I. Foreman, Shenandoah University

“This text is strong with regard to its pedagogical features. I am very pleased it the readability and content of the text.”-Arminta Jean Krows, Emporia State University

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION

 

Chapter 1      Using Research Evidence to Improve Educational Practice

  

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

 

PART II: APPLYING EXISTING RESEARCH STUDIES TO PROBLEMS

                  OF PRACTICE      

 

Chapter 3      Conducting and Writing Your Own Literature Review

 

Chapter 4      Using Search Engines in a Literature Review

 

Chapter 5      Making Use of Available Literature Reviews 

 

PART III: USING QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY

                    PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 6      Analyzing and Evaluating Reports of Quantitative Research Studies

 

Chapter 7      Using Descriptive Statistics to Study Problems of Practice

 

Chapter 8      The Practical Significance of Statistical Results

 

Chapter 9      Tests of Statistical Significance 

 

Chapter 10    Descriptive Research 

 

Chapter 11    Group-Comparison Research 

 

Chapter 12    Correlational Research

  

Chapter 13    Experimental Research

  

PART IV: USING QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY TO STUDY

                    PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 14    Case Study Research

 

Chapter 15    Narrative Research 

 

Chapter 16    Ethnographic and Critical Ethnographic Research

 

Chapter 17    Historical Research  

  

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

 

Chapter 18    Mixed-Methods Research

 

PART VI: USING OTHER METHODOLOGIES TO STUDY PROBLEMS OF PRACTICE

 

Chapter 19    Action Research

   

Chapter 20    Evaluation Research

 

SELF-CHECK TEST ANSWERS

 

 

APPENDICES

1. Guide for Outlining a Quantitative  or Qualitative Research Proposal

2. Questions To Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Quantitative Study

3. Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Report of a Qualitative Study

4. Design-Specific Questions to Ask Yourself When Evaluating a Research Report



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