9780134784229

Educational Research Competencies for Analysis and Applications

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    9780134784229

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    0134784227

  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

A comprehensive, accessible introduction to educational research
Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications uses engaging, straightforward language to introduce students to the information and skills required to successfully conduct research and to competently evaluate research. Long known for their clear and at times humorous writing, the authors are accessible and thoughtful guides for readers who are being introduced for the first time to a field that many of them might find initially intimidating. The text provides a total instructional system that lays out clear learning targets and then supports students as they practice and develop expertise in both doing and reading research.

The 12th Edition includes a new, separate chapter on ethics, expands its coverage of single-subject research, covers the latest digital strategies and tools for doing research, and introduces students to the open source statistics software R.

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Author Biography

Geoffrey E. Mills
A native of Australia, Geoff moved to the USA in 1986 to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. After completing his Ph.D. in 1988, Geoff accepted his first teaching position at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). After 12 years of teaching, Geoff moved into university administration and was Dean and Professor of Education in the School of Education for 12 years. Geoff returned to teaching at Southern Oregon University in 2012 and now teaches educational leadership and educational research.
 
Geoff has traveled extensively and given invited presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Greenland, United Kingdom, Canada, and many states in the US. Geoff is also the author of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher.

Table of Contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES
1. Introduction to Educational Research
2. Ethics in Educational Research
3. Selecting and Defining a Research Problem
4. Reviewing the Literature
5. Preparing and Evaluating a Research Plan
6. Selecting a Sample
7. Selecting Measuring Instruments

PART II: RESEARCH DESIGNS
8. Survey Research
9. Correlational Research
10. Causal-Comparative Research
11. Experimental Research
12. Single-Subject Experimental Research
13. Narrative Research
14. Ethnographic Research
15. Case Study Research
16. Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
17. Action Research

PART III: WORKING WITH QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DATA
18. Descriptive Statistics
19. Inferential Statistics
20. Qualitative Data Collection
21. Qualitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation

PART IV: REPORTING AND CRITIQUING RESEARCH
22. Preparing a Research Report
23. Evaluating a Research Report

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