Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 7, 2010 - Psychology - 480 pages
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Methods in Educational Research

Methods in Educational Research is designed to prepare students for the real world of educational research. It focuses on scientifically-based methods, school accountability, and the professional demands of the twenty-first century, empowering researchers to take an active role in conducting research in their classrooms, districts, and the greater educational community. Like the first edition, this edition helps students, educators, and researchers develop a broad and deep understanding of research methodologies. It includes substantial new content on the impact of No Child Left Behind legislation, school reform, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, logic modeling, action research, and other areas. Special features to assist the teaching and learning processes include vignettes illustrating research tied to practice, suggested readings at the end of each chapter, and discussion questions to reinforce chapter content.

Praise for the Previous Edition

"A new attempt to make this subject more relevant and appealing to students. Most striking is how useful this book is because it is really grounded in educational research. It is very well written and quite relevant for educational researchers or for the student hoping to become one." -PsycCRITIQUES/American Psychological Association

"I applaud the authors for their attempt to cover a wide range of material. The straightforward language of the book helps make the material understandable for readers." -Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation

 

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Contents

EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
CONDUCTING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMEWORKS FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
RESEARCH ETHICS
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
TYPES OF APPROACHES USED IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
MULTIPLE REGRESSION STUDIES
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SAMPLE CORRELATIONAL STUDIES
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
STEPS IN ANALYZING DATA USING INFERENTIAL TESTS
DESIGNS WITH MORE THAN ONE INDEPENDENT OR DEPENDENT VARIABLE

SUMMARY
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
CHARACTERISTICS OF DATA
SUMMARIZING DATA USING DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SUGGESTED READINGS
MEASUREMENT IN EDUCATION
RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY
ISSUES IN FINDING AND USING STANDARDIZED INSTRUMENTS
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
CHARACTERISTICS OF QUALITATIVE MEASUREMENT
SAMPLING IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SUGGESTED READINGS
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
UNDERSTANDING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
STEPS IN DESIGNING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
EVALUATING NARRATIVE INQUIRY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SAMPLES OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH STUDIES
SUGGESTED READINGS
ANALYSIS OF QUALITATIVE DATA
STEPS IN ANALYZING QUALITATIVE DATA
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
CHARACTERISTICS OF DESCRIPTIVE SURVEY RESEARCH
STEPS IN CONDUCTING DESCRIPTIVE SURVEY RESEARCH
EVALUATING DESCRIPTIVE SURVEY RESEARCH
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SUGGESTED READINGS
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
UNDERSTANDING EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH
STEPS IN PLANNING AND CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH
THREATS TO EXPERIMENTAL VALIDITY
SINGLESUBJECT RESEARCH DESIGNS
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SAMPLE GROUP EXPERIMENTAL STUDY
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
CAUSALCOMPARATIVE RESEARCH
CORRELATIONAL RESEARCH
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
SUGGESTED READINGS
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
UNDERSTANDING ACTION RESEARCH
STEPS IN CONDUCTING ACTION RESEARCH
DATA SOURCES FOR ACTION RESEARCH
EVALUATION OF ACTION RESEARCH
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
SUGGESTED READINGS
RESEARCH VIGNETTE
WHAT IS PROGRAM EVALUATION?
TYPES APPROACHES AND MODELS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION
STEPS IN DESIGNING PROGRAM EVALUATION
PROGRAM EVALUATION DATA AND CRITIQUING EVALUATION REPORTS
TRAINING AND CAREERS IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
SAMPLE PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
GETTING STARTED
IDENTIFY A RESEARCH TOPIC
REFINE YOUR TOPIC AS YOU SEARCH
SEARCH THE LITERATURE
IDENTIFY AND SUMMARIZE KEY INFORMATION FROM ARTICLES
WHEN DO I HAVE ENOUGH?
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
PREPARING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
SUMMARY
KEY CONCEPTS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS OR ACTIVITIES
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About the author (2010)

Marguerite G. Lodico, EdD, is a professor at the College of Saint Rose where she teaches child development and educational research.

Dean T. Spaulding, PhD, is an associate professor at the College of Saint Rose where he teaches educational research and program evaluation.

Katherine H. Voegtle, PhD, is a professor at the College of Saint Rose where she teaches courses in human development, educational research, and educational psychology.

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