Educational Research: A Guide To the Process

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 7, 2013 - Education - 568 pages
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Educational Research: A Guide to the Process is a different kind of research text. It emphasizes the process of research, that is, what researchers actually do as they go about designing and carrying out their research activities. Rather than passively reading about research operations, it promotes content mastery by using a three-step pedagogical model that involves: a manageable chunk of text, a comprehension or application exercise, and author feedback on the exercise. The text contains approximately 150 of these exercise-feedback units.

The second edition has been thoroughly updated, expanded from 15 to 20 chapters, and reorganized into two parts. Part I covers basic aspects of the research process, provides an example of a student research proposal, and shows how to evaluate a research report. Part II provides a separate chapter for each research methodology, including two chapters on qualitative research. Other noteworthy changes include more annotated studies and more visual illustrations of statistical and research methods.
 

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Norman E. Wallen is Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education at San Francisco State University, where he taught from 1966 to 1992. An experienced researcher, he received his Ph.D from Syracuse University and taught courses in research design and statistics to master's and doctoral students for many years. He is a former member of the City Council of Flagstaff, Arizona and the Executive Committee of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

JACK R. FRAENKEL IS CURRENTLY PROFESSOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN EDUCATION AND DIRECTOR OF THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY. HE RECEIVED HIS Ph.D. FROM STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND HAS TAUGHT COURSES IN RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. IN 1997, HE RECEIVED THE JAMES A. MICHENER PRIZE IN WRITING FOR HIS WRITINGS ABOUT THE SOCIAL STUDIES AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. HIS CURRENT WORK CENTERS AROUND ADVISING AND ASSISTING FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN GENERATING AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH ENDEAVORS.

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