9781412979023

Conducting Educational Research : Guide to Completing a Major Project

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    9781412979023

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  • Copyright: 9/13/2010
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Summary

Designed to be used during the research process, Conducting Educational Research walks readers through each step of a research project or thesis, including developing a research question, performing a literature search, developing a research plan, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and sharing the conclusions with others. Throughout the book, Daniel J. Boudah covers all types of research (including experimental, descriptive, qualitative, group designs, and single subject designs) and helps readers link research questions to designs, designs to data sources, and data sources to appropriate analyses.Key Features:- Technology in Research boxes help readers take advantage of related technologies and online resources- In Their Own Words sections provide tips and suggestions from students who have completed projects- End-of-chapter Your Research Project in Action sections prompt students to apply what they have learned to their current research projects- In-text learning aids, including chapter-opening outlines and objectives and chapter-ending summaries and discussion questions, help readers master the material.

Table of Contents

Preface
Research in Education
Conducting Research in Education: Art or Science?
The Current Research to Practice Gap
Examples of Research at the Policy and Classroom Levels
Research Types, Designs, and Methodologies
Putting it All Together
Selected Organizations that Support Research in Education
Summary
Activities
Answers to Activities
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Identifying a Research Problem, Question, and Searching Relevant Literature
Identifying a Research Problem
Identifying a Possible Research Question
The Purposes of a Literature Review
The Process of Conducting a Literature Search
Putting it All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Understanding Relevant Literature and Writing a Literature Review
Analyzing literature search outcomes
Writing a Literature Review
Revisiting and Revising Research Questions
Putting it All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Issues in Validity and Trustworthiness
What are Validity, Reliability, and Trustworthiness?
Types of Validity and Their Threats
Reliability
Trustworthiness
Ways to Address Challenges to Trustworthiness
Putting it All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Designing and conducting experimental research
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental
Questions Point to Designs
Group Designs
Single Subject Designs
Measurement of Dependent Variables
Types of Data
Putting It All Together
Implementing Interventions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research
What is Qualitative Research?
Qualitative Design: The Planning Process
Putting It All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Designing and Conducting Descriptive Research
Types of Quantitative Descriptive Research
Survey Methods
Conducting Descriptive Research
Accessing Extant Databases
Putting It All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Creating a Research Proposal
The Purpose of a Research Proposal
Identifying a Problem
Investigating and Identifying Relevant Literature
Identifying a Research Question
Identifying a Research Design and Method
Identifying Research Procedures and Plans
Identifying Potential Analyses
Protection of Human Participants
Pilot Testing
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Analyzing and Interpreting Experimental Research
From Designing and Conducting, to Analyzing and Interpreting Experimental Research
Experimental Data
Selecting a Statistic Consistent with Your Design and Appropriate to Your Data
Interpreting Results of Analyses
Discussing Experimental Results
Statistical Conclusion Validity
Putting it All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
References
Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Research
Data Management
Data Analysis of Words
Putting It All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Analyzing and Interpreting Descriptive Research
From Designing and Conducting, to Analyzing and Interpreting Descriptive Research
Descriptive Data Analysis and Interpretation
Causal Comparative Research
Correlational Research
Putting it All Together
Summary
Discussion Questions
Your Research Project in Action
Further Readings
References
Writing Research Reports
Writing for Publication
Getting Your Writing Published
Putting It All Together
Summary
References
Check Sheet for Understanding Relevant Literature
Organizations that Support Educational Research
Glossary
Index
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