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Introduction to educational research

Author: Craig A Mertler
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications, Inc., [2016] ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New editionView all editions and formats
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Conversational and nontechnical language help students clearly understand and apply research concepts without prior familiarity with the principles, procedures, or terminology to compose their first educational research project.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig A Mertler
ISBN: 9781483375489 148337548X
OCLC Number: 923878541
Notes: Previous edition: Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2011.
Description: xvii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Detailed contents : 1. What Is Educational Research? --
Finding Answers to Questions --
The Scientific Method --
Educational Research-What It Is and What It Is Not --
Educational Research as a Process --
Knowing Your Specific Discipline --
Educators as Researchers --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
2. Overview of the Educational Research Process --
Identifying and Limiting a Research Topic or Problem --
Formally Stating and Refining Research Question(s) --
Reviewing Existing Literature Related to the Problem --
Writing a Literature Review --
Developing a Research Plan --
Implementing the Research Plan and Collecting Data --
Analyzing the Data --
Stating Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations in a Written Research Report --
The Educational Research Process-A Brief Example --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
3. Identifying a Research Problem --
Identifying a Research Topic or Problem --
Preliminary Considerations in Selecting Topics. Limiting a Topic --
Sample Educational Research Topics --
Necessary Terminology Related to Research --
Research Questions and Hypotheses --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
4. Ethics in Educational Research --
Ethical Considerations in the Conduct of Research --
Ethics in Qualitative Versus Quantitative Studies --
Institutional Review Boards --
Formal Preparation for Research With Human Participants --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
5. Reviewing Related Research Literature --
What Is a Literature Review? --
Sources for Literature Related to Your Research Topic --
Searching the ERIC Online Database --
Searching the Google Scholar Online Database --
Writing Your Literature Review --
Not Just for Conducting Research-Valuable Sources for Professional Development --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
6. Qualitative Research Methods --
Characteristics of Qualitative Research --
The Qualitative Research Process. Approaches to Conducting Qualitative Research --
Ethnographic Research --
Narrative Research --
Historical Research --
Grounded Theory Research --
Phenomenological Research --
Case Study Research --
More About Ethnographic Research --
Topics and Procedures in Ethnographic Research --
Strengths and Concerns in Ethnographic Research --
More About Narrative Research --
Procedures in Narrative Research --
Strengths and Concerns in Narrative Research --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
7. Quantitative Research Methods --
Characteristics of Quantitative Research --
The Quantitative Research Process --
Approaches to Conducting Quantitative Research --
Nonexperimental Research Designs --
Experimental Research Designs --
Threats to Validity in Quantitative Designs --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
8. Mixed-Methods Research --
Characteristics of Mixed-Methods Research --
The Mixed-Methods Research Process. Approaches to Conducting Mixed-Methods Research --
Mixed-Methods Research Designs --
Validity in Mixed-Methods Research --
Strengths and Limitations of Mixed-Methods Research --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
9. Action Research --
Characteristics of Action Research --
Approaches to Conducting Action Research --
The Action Research Process --
Action Planning and Reflection --
Validity in Action Research --
Strengths and Limitations of Action Research --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
10. Writing a Research Proposal --
Purpose of a Research Proposal --
General Aspects of a Research Proposal --
Components of a Quantitative Research Proposal --
Components of a Qualitative Research Proposal --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
11. Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis --
Sampling Techniques in Qualitative Research --
Qualitative Data Collection Techniques --
Observations --
Interviews --
Journals --
Existing Documents and Records. Characteristics of Qualitative Data: Accuracy, Credibility, and Dependability --
Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques --
Inductive Analysis --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
12. Quantitative Data Collection --
Sampling Techniques in Quantitative Research --
Probability Sampling Techniques --
Nonprobability Sampling Techniques --
Sample Sizes in Quantitative Studies --
Scales of Measurement --
Quantitative Data Collection Techniques --
Surveys, Checklists, and Rating Scales --
Formative and Summative Classroom Assessments --
Standardized Test Scores --
Characteristics of Quantitative Data: Validity and Reliability --
Validity in Quantitative Research --
Reliability in Quantitative Research --
Relationship Between Validity and Reliability --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
13. Quantitative Data Analysis --
Quantitative Data Analysis Techniques --
Preparing Data for Analysis --
Selecting a Statistical Analysis Software Program. Descriptive Statistical Analysis --
Inferential Statistical Analysis --
Cautions in Using Statistics --
Developmental Activities --
Summary --
14. Writing a Final Research Report --
Importance of the Audience --
General Guidelines for Writing a Research Report --
Style Guides --
Conventions of Academic-Style Writing --
Conventions of Format --
Practical Guidelines for Writing --
An Example of a Research Report --
Developmental Activities --
Summary. What Is Educational Research? --
Overview of the Educational Research Process --
Identifying a Research Problem --
Ethics in Educational Research --
Reviewing Related Research Literature --
Qualitative Research Methods --
Quantitative Research Methods --
Mixed-Methods Research --
Action Research --
Writing a Research Proposal --
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis --
Quantitative Data Collection --
Quantitative Data Analysis --
Writing a Final Research Report.
Responsibility: Craig A. Mertler.

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