Research methods in education and psychology: integrating diversity with quantitative & qualitative approaches

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Sage Publications, 1998 - Education - 422 pages
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Donna M Mertens not only covers two standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also explores the new emancipatory paradigm that is inclusive of the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities and persons with disabilities.

In each chapter, Donna M Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process through the literature review, research method and analysis to reporting the research. Each chapter opens with examples and lists of topics to consider; contains sample studies to illustrate key ideas; has sequence steps to guide one through the research process; and has a question and answer section to elicit further reflection on the material covered.

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Contents

An Introduction to Research
1
Literature Review and Research Problems
33
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
59
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About the author (1998)

Donna M. Mertens is Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at Gallaudet University. She teaches research methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing students at the MA and PhD levels.

She conducts research and evaluation studies on such topics as improvement of special education services in international settings, planning for the inclusion of students with disabilities in neighborhood schools, enhancing the educational experiences of students with disabilities, preventing sexual abuse in residential schools for deaf students, improving access to the court systems for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and improving the preparation of teachers of the deaf through appropriate use of instructional technology. Her research focuses on improving methods of inquiry by integrating the perspectives of those who have experienced oppression in our society. She draws on the writings of feminists, minorities, people with disabilities, as well as indigenous peoples who have addressed the issues of power and oppression and their implications for research methodology.

Dr. Mertens has made numerous presentations at the meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, the Association for College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the International Sociological Association, International Mixed Methods Conference, the American Psychological Association, and other organizations that explore these themes. She served as President and Board member of the American Evaluation Association from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation 20022003. She is the co-editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (with Max Bergman).

Her publications include three edited volumes, Handbook of Social Research Ethics (coedited with Pauline Ginsberg), Creative Ideas for Teaching Evaluation and Research and Inequality (coedited with Carole Truman and Beth Humphries), and several books, including Transformative Research and Evaluation, Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education (coauthored with John McLaughlin) and Parents and Their Deaf Children (coauthored with Kay Meadow-Orlans and Marilyn Sass Lehrer). She also publishes many chapters and articles in edited volumes, encyclopedias, handbooks, and journals, such as Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Social Work, Eye on Psi Chi, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Mixed Methods Research, New Directions for Program Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, American Annals of the Deaf, Studies in Educational Evaluation, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

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