About the Book :
This rewritten and updated sixth edition of the long-running bestseller Research Methods in Education covers the whole range of methods currently employed by educational research at all stages. It has five main parts: the context of educational research, planning educational research, styles of educational research, strategies for data collection and researching and data analysis. The book contains references to a comprehensive dedicated website of accompanying materials. It continues to be the standard text for students and lecturers undertaking, understanding and using educational research.
This sixth edition comprises new material including:
complexity theory, ethics, sampling, sensitive educational research, researching powerful people, Internet-based research, interviewing and surveys
expanded coverage of, and practical guidance in, experimental research, questionnaire design and administration
an entirely new part, containing five new chapters covering qualitative and quantitative data analysis including content analysis, grounded theory, statistics and how to use them, effect size, and reporting data, all with practical examples
detailed cross-referencing to a major educational resource website designed specifically to run alongside this book.
Research Methods in Education, is essential reading for both the professional researcher and anyone involved in educational research.
List of boxes; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1: The Context of Educational Research; 1. The Nature of Inquiry; Part 2: Planning Educational Research; 2. The Ethics of Educational and Social Research ; 3. Planning Educational Research ; 4. Sampling ; 5. Sensitive Educational Research ; 6. Validity and Reliability ; Part 3: Styles of Educational Research ; 7. Naturalistic and Ethnographic Research ; 8. Historical and Documentary Research ; 9. Surveys, Longitudal, Cross-Sectional and Trend Studies ; 10. Internet-Based Research and Computer Usage ; 11. Case Studies ; 12. Ex Post Facto Research ; 13. Experiments, Quasi-Experiments, Single-Case Research and Meta-Analysis ; 14. Action Research ; Part 4: Strategies for Data Collection and Researching ; 15. Questionnaires ; 16. Interviews ; 17. Accounts ; 18. Observation ; 19. Tests ; 20. Personal Constructs ; 21. Role Playing ; Part 5: Data Analysis ; 22. Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis ; 23. Content Analysis and Grounded Theory ; 24. Quantative Data Analysis ; 25. Multi-Dimensional Measurement and Factor Analysis ; 26. Choosing a Statistical Test; Notes; Bibliography; Index