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Educational research : an African approach

Author: Chinedu Okeke; Micheal Van Wyk
Publisher: Cape Town, South Africa : Oxford University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a comprehensive text offering a solid theoretical foundation in all the basic rudiments of research within the discipline of Teacher Education.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chinedu Okeke; Micheal Van Wyk
ISBN: 9780190409135 0190409134
OCLC Number: 920465311
Description: xxx, 584 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Afrocentricity as a research philosophy --
Positivism and interpretivism: distinguishing characteristics, criteria and methodology --
Interpretive research: construction of meanings --
Critical research: understanding material constraints and engaging in transformative action research --
Developing sensitivity in questions of gender, using feminist research and IKS principles --
Objectives, values and subjectivity: issues of values and ethics in the research process --
Ethics in human sciences research --
Part 2. Planning, designing and conducting educational research. The literature review --Steps in the research process --
Research design --
How researchers define and measure variables --
Achieving qualitative validity, reliability and generalisability --
The logic of sampling --
Survey research methods --
Experimental methods and data collection --
The observation method --
The interview method --
The questionnaire approach --
The focus group discussion method --
Using secondary sources of data --
The pilot study --
Part 3. Analysing fieldwork data --
Quantitative data analysis: descriptive statistics --
Quantitative data analysis: inferential statistics --Application of the statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) --
Qualitative data analysis --
Part 4. Reporting and disseminating research findings --
Presentation of quantitative research reports --Presentation of qualitative research findings --
Plagarism: causes, consequences and preventive strategies --
Essentials of academic writing --
Writing for publication: sharpening your academic writing skills --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Chinedu Okeke, Michael van Wyk.

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