Research Methods for Education
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Written with the novice educational researcher in mind, Research Methods in Education is designed to help students produce good quality, valid and valuable research. The text is written in an engaging style and adopts a mixed-methods approach; guidance on analytical procedures that require more advanced tools such as SPSS and Minitab are also provided. The book is packed with exercises, examples and comparative international material from other educational contexts, all of which help to introduce this complex subject in an easy to use format for people that are new to research and are not confident with numerical information.
Peter Newby's student-friendly text allows the researcher to confidently address the practical aspects of deciding on a research project, designing a questionnaire or presenting conclusions in the most convincing way.
"Of the many research books available this one stands out as it is clear, logically structured, explains sophisticated concepts in an accessible manner without oversimplifying them and has a format which students (at undergraduate and postgraduate) like. In addition the powerpoint slides that accompany the book provide an excellent basis for lectures and can be edited / adopted to personalise them. I anticipate using this book for quite some time on several courses."
Dr Pete Allison, Coordinator of Masters Research courses at The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh
PART 1: The Context for Your Research
Chapter 1 Research: A Messy Business
Chapter 2 Understanding the Research Process
Chapter 3 Putting Your Research Design Together
PART 2: The Process of Data Collection
Chapter 4 Data: Assembling the Research Toolkit
Chapter 5 Using Literature In Research
Chapter 6 Getting the Right Information
Chapter 7 Modelling Data Needs
Chapter 8 Using Questionnaires
Chapter 9 Talking, Listening and Watching: Other Approaches to Data Collection
Chapter 10 Extracting the Information from Statistical Data
Chapter 11 Extracting the Information from Qualitative Data Sets
Chapter 12 Extracting Information from Quantitative Data
Chapter 13 Using Statistics to Say Something Significant
Chapter 14 Putting It All Together
Appendix 1: Calculating sample size
Appendix 2: Calculating critical values for the Kolmogorov- Smirnov test
- Written for people who are new to research and not confident with numbers
- A mixed methods approach, which doesn’t simply prioritise quantitative or qualitative methods
- Rich supporting website with activities, multiple choice questions, data-sets, examples of good and bad research tools
- Covers graphical and analytic procedures using internet tools and spreadsheets
- Contains guidance on analytic procedures that require more advanced tools such as SPSS or Minitab
- Designed to help students produce good, valid and valuable research.
- Excellent coverage of the availability of secondary data sources
- Many excellent international examples and case studies specifically from education, which breaks away from a parochial focus on UK education system