Research and Education
To Be Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge – 192 pages
Series: Foundations of Education Studies
This core text provides an easy-to-read, comprehensive introduction to educational research for Education Studies undergraduate students. It provides an overview of key research issues in Education Studies and aims to develop students’ understanding of research strategies, theories and methods.
The book highlights theoretical and methodological debates and discusses important ethical and practical considerations. Educational researchers take a number of decisions that define the credibility and scope of their enquiry – in terms of strategies employed, methods used, sampling, positionality, analysis and presentation. In outlining these key choices, the book prepares students to undertake their own piece of independent research.
Part of the Foundations in Education Studies series, this timely textbook is essential reading for students undertaking a research methods course or a piece of educational research.
1. Surveys; 2. Experiments and Quasi-Experiments; 3. Case Studies; 4. Ethnography; 5. Action Research; 6. Evaluations; 7. Questionnaires; 8. Interviews; 9. Focus groups; 10. Observations; 11. Documents; 12. Using the Internet; 13. Using theories and concepts in research; 14. Evaluating methods; 15. The position of the researcher; 16. Ethical issues in educational research; 17. Involving children and young people in educational research; 18. Choosing a topic and writing a proposal; 19. Reviewing the literature; 20. Methodology and sampling; 21. Analysing the data; 22. Writing up