Educational Research: Fundamentals for the Consumer

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2008 - Education - 411 pages
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This book educates students to become intelligent consumers of educational research and introduces basic research principles to those who may eventually use research in their work.

Principles for conducting research and criteria for evaluating its overall credibility are presented in a concise manner, with numerous excerpts from published studies, to enable students to learn to read, understand, and evaluate research, and judge the usefulness of the findings for educational practice. There is extensive use of aides to facilitate student learning, including chapter roadmaps and concept maps, study questions, a book website, consumer tips, over 90 examples from published articles (including eight full length articles), and author reflections. The Fifth Edition includes a more extensive presentation of experimental and quasi-experimental design, consistent with the current emphasis on conducting "scientific research," qualitative data analysis, effect size, and a new chapter devoted to mixed-method studies and action research.

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James H. McMillan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Foundations of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches educational research and assessment courses and directs the Research and Evaluation Track of the PhD in Education program. He is also Executive Director of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, a partnership of Virginia Commonwealth University and eight Richmond-area school divisions that conducts and disseminates applied research. His current research interests include classroom and large-scale formative assessment. He has recently published the fifth edition of "Classroom Assessment: Principles and Practice for Effective Standards-Based Instruction" and edited "Formative Classroom Assessment: Theory into Practice". He has authored three educational research methods textbooks and published numerous articles in journals, including the "American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, "and "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.

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