9780335211999

What Does Good Education Research Look Like? : Situating a Field and Its Practices

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    9780335211999

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    0335211992

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-03-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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Summary

This book explains the debates around education research: Is it high quality? Is it scientific enough? Is it useful? It shows how research in education must meet different demands in different places, times, and conditions. An indispensable companion to textbooks on research methodology, and a clear and provocative argument about the banalities and messiness in which educational researchers must operate.

Author Biography

Lyn Yates is Professor of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney and former president of the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1(10)
Part 1 Political and paradigm disputes, historical change and the field of education 11(42)
Introduction
13(40)
1 What does good education research look like? Some beginnings and debates
15(21)
Claim 1: We can measure 'good education research' by its contribution to learning
17(3)
Claim 2: Good education research must make sense to/be usable by teachers (or instructors or parents or the lay reader)
20(2)
Claim 3: Quality education research must be scientifically-based research
22(10)
Context and timeliness as issues in education debates
32(3)
What good research looks like - reflecting on the debates
35(1)
2 History, fashion and academic research in education
36(19)
The reading wars: why hasn't education research established the magic bullet on literacy?
37(6)
Gender research: what does 'making progress' look like?
43(9)
Final comments
52(1)
Part 2 Arenas of education research: contexts, genres and the rules of the game 53(160)
Introduction
55(151)
3 The thesis
59(25)
What is a PhD?
61(4)
Who are the judges?
65(3)
Explicit and implicit criteria
68(9)
What does good research here look like?
77(4)
Common problems or failings
81(2)
Summary: What does good research look like in terms of the PhD?
83(1)
4 Academic journals
84(21)
What is a refereed academic journal?
85(8)
Who are the judges?
93(3)
Explicit and implicit criteria
96(5)
What does good research here look like?
101(2)
Common failings and problems
103(1)
Summary: What does good research look like in terms of the journal article?
104(1)
5 Competitive research grants
105(28)
What are competitive grant schemes?
106(3)
Who are the judges?
109(5)
Explicit and implicit criteria
114(16)
So, what does good research look like in terms of competitive grant schemes?
130(1)
Common failings
130(2)
Summary: What does good research look like in terms of the competitive grant application?
132(1)
6 Commissioned research
133(24)
What is commissioned research?
135(7)
Who are the judges?
142(3)
Explicit and implicit criteria
145(8)
What do good commissioned research proposals and reports look like?
153(2)
Common failings
155(1)
Summary: In the case of commissioned research, what does good research look like?
156(1)
7 Schools, teachers and other practitioner users
157(17)
The 'grass-roots' education practitioner arena: some issues in defining the territory
159(3)
Who are the judges?
162(5)
Explicit and implicit criteria
167(3)
What does good research here look like?
170(2)
Common failings
172(1)
Summary: What does good research look like for practitioner-users?
173(1)
8 Book publishing
174(16)
Some background on publishing houses
175(4)
Who are the judges?
179(3)
Explicit and implicit criteria
182(3)
What does good research look like?
185(3)
Common failings
188(1)
Summary: What does good research look like for a book publisher?
189(1)
9 The press
190(16)
Who are the judges?
191(2)
Explicit and implicit criteria
193(10)
What does good research look like for the press and media?
203(1)
Common problems or failings
204(1)
Summary: What does good research look like for the press and media?
205(1)
10 Situating research practices
206(7)
Positioning research agendas and research careers
206(5)
What is good education research?
211(2)
Notes 213(3)
References 216(1)
Index 217

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