Educational Research Competencies for Analysis and Applications

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-27
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Students often fear the educational research course. Don't worry. This book is famous for its lack of jargon, for its clear and concrete explanations, and its light (often funny) tone.   As you read the book, you will build skills that you need to read educational research and produce your own. The book will help guide you through each step in creating your own research report. You can compare your work with the example published research articles in every methods chapter. In addition, the new Digital Research Tools for the 21stCenturyfeature introduces novel tools and methods you can use to make the process of doing research easier or more efficient like using speech recognition programs to save time transcribing interviews (Chapter 15), using flip cameras and Skype to collect qualitative data (Chapter 14), and using management programs to organize citations (Chapter 21).

Author Biography

A native of Australia, Geoffrey E. Mills received his Diploma of Teaching, Bachelors of Education, and Masters of Education from Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Australia) and was an elementary teacher in “the bush” and the city of Perth before moving to the USA in 1986 to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. After completing his doctorate, Geoff accepted his first professorial position at Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University). After 12 years of teaching, Geoff moved into university administration and is now in his eleventh year as Dean and Professor of Education in the School of Education at Southern Oregon University. Geoff has traveled extensively and has given invited research presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Greenland (where he is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Greenland), United Kingdom, Canada, and many states in the US. Geoff us perhaps is best known for this textbook and his other textbook Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (now in its 4th edition). Geoff’s wife Donna is also a professor at Southern Oregon University, and their only child, Jonathan, will be a college freshman starting in fall, 2011. Geoff and Donna live in Oregon and continue to teach at Southern Oregon University, but also spend considerable time each year in Australia.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1    Introduction to Educational Research

Chapter 2    Selecting and Defining a Research Topic

Chapter 3    Reviewing the Literature

Chapter 4    Preparing and Evaluating a Research Plan

Chapter 5    Selecting a Sample

Chapter 6    Selecting Measuring Instruments



Chapter 7    Survey Research         

Chapter 8    Correlational Research                 

Chapter 9    Causal-Comparative Research

Chapter 10    Experimental Research

Chapter 11    Single-Subject Experimental Research



Chapter 12    Descriptive Statistics             

Chapter 13    Inferential Statistics



Chapter 14    Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 15    Narrative Research

Chapter 16    Ethnographic Research            

Chapter 17    Case Study Research

Chapter 18    Qualitative Research:  Data Analysis and Interpretation



Chapter 19    Mixed Methods Research:  Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods



Chapter 20    Action Research 



Chapter 21    Preparing a Research Report



Chapter 22    Evaluating a Research Report

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