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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Focused on providing as full a picture as possible of what is considered to be "good" research, Research Methods in Education and Psychology explains quantitative and qualitative methods and incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into the descriptions of these methods. It not only covers two of the standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also a relatively 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 from the literature review to types of research method to analysis and reporting of quantitative or qualitative approaches. As an added plus, she includes a sample study and abstract in each chapter to illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter. To enhance your students reading, she has also included:

- Chapter opening examples and lists of topics to consider

- Boxed examples and points to consider

- Sample studies in every chapter to illustrate key ideas

- Sequence steps to guide each stage of the research process

- End-of-chapter "Questions and Answers for Discussion and Application" to elicit further reflection of the material covered

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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
Causal Comparative and Correlational Research
Survey Research
SingleCase Research
Qualitative Methods
History and Narrative Study of Lives
Definition Selection and Ethics
Data Collection
Data Analysis Interpretation and Reporting
Writing the Research Proposal
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author


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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 2002–2003. 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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