Research Methods in Education

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SAGE, Oct 27, 2011 - Education - 421 pages
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Research Methods in Education is an innovative new text for teaching introductory research methods that addresses emerging instructional needs. It weaves actual research "stories" into the presentation of research topics, and it emphasizes validity, authenticity, and practical significance as overarching research goals. This tripartite conceptual framework honours traditional quantitative approaches while reflecting the growing popularity of qualitative studies, mixed method designs, and school-based techniques.

The text is divided into three sections: Foundations of Research (5 chapters), Research Design and Data Collection (7 chapters), and Analyzing and Reporting Data (3 chapters). Together they provide a comprehensive, conceptually unified, and well-written introduction to the exciting but complex field of educational research.

Features and Benefits

- Each chapter begins with a research question that is addressed throughout the chapter to maintain students interest as the chapter develops

- Examples of published research studies related to the opening question are then used as examples throughout the chapter.

- Chapters conclude with a section on ethical considerations for the topics covered in that chapter.

- Abundant end-of-chapter questions and exercises in 4 sets: Discussion Questions, Practice Exercises, Web Exercises, and Developing a Research Proposal

- Strong ancillary support for instructors and students with testbank and PowerPoint slides, SAGE journal articles, self-quizzes, interactive exercises, and more.

  

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Joseph W. Check, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He completed his B.A. at Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Tufts University. His prior publications include Politics, Language, and Culture: A Critical Look at Urban School Reform (Praeger, 2002), co-editorship of Writing Within School Reform, a monograph series of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and book chapters and articles on literacy, practitioner inquiry, and urban school reform. He has supervised dissertations in school reform, professional development, literacy, home/school interactions, and special education. He has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for numerous grant-funded professional development programs including a 4-year, $4M practitioner inquiry project in 14 urban school districts, funded by the DeWitt-Wallace Reader’s Digest Foundation. He is an experienced classroom instructor in master’s and doctoral level research courses.

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and lecturer on sociology in the department of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical Center. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH-funded Sociology of Social Control program at Yale University.  In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (SAGE), his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Organization in a Changing Environment (SUNY Press). Dr. Schutt’s peer-reviewed publications range in focus from the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, and functioning to the service preferences of homeless persons and service personnel and the social factors in legal decisions. His research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, and state and local agencies, has included a randomized trial of housing options for homeless mentally ill persons, a randomized trial of a peer support program for dually diagnosed veterans, an evaluation of a state-level comprehensive care program, an evaluation of a youth violence reduction program, and a test of a program to improve community health workers’ knowledge of cancer clinical trials. He is a past recipient of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service.

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