Fundamentals of Educational Research

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Education - 266 pages
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Fundamentals of Educational Research succeeds in cutting through the complexities of research to give the novice reader a sound basis to define, develop, and conduct study, while providing insights for even the accomplished reader.
This best-selling book is of value to all social researchers, but in particular to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers employed in private industry, management and government agencies. Anderson discusses the research process and offers a wealth of information on how to define a research problem, plan a study, develop a research framework, collect the data, analyse it and write it into a credible paper or thesis. He has captured the essential components of the research process in a book that balances the quantitative and qualitative perspectives through both the academic and consulting research traditions.
 

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Contents

The Nature of Educational Research
3
Research Ethics
16
The Research Process
27
Defining a Research Problem
36
Research Information
46
Research Frameworks
57
Scholarly Communication
66
Review of the Literature
76
Successful Interviews
190
Focus Groups
200
Part IV Appendixes
211
Choosing Your Advisor
213
Indicative Planning Parameters for a OneYear Research Study
215
Significant Educational Research Journals
219
Some Online Databases of Interest to Social Science Researchers
221
Sample of a Tabular Literature Review
225

Types of Research
83
Introduction to Types of Research
85
Historical Research
94
Descriptive Research
100
Correlational Research
111
Qualitative Research
119
Evaluation Research
136
Case Study
152
Data Collection
161
Data Collection
163
Questionnaires
170
Inquiry Protocols
183
Sample Ways to Table Your Literature While Collecting and Developing Literature to Review
227
Statistical Indicators for 50 Countries with the Highest Under5 Mortality
229
Evaluation Matrix for the EastWest Enterprise Exchange
231
Sample Letter to Accompany a Questionnaire
233
A SixStep Summary for Developing and Administering an Effective Questionnaire
235
A Sample Questionnaire
237
A Sample of an Executive Interview Protocol
243
A Sample Focus Group Leader Guide
245
Glossary
249
Index
258
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