Doing Research About Education
Edited by Geoffrey Walford
Routledge – 1998 – 220 pages
This book brings together semi-autobiographical accounts from major educationalists about their influential research, focusing on the practical and personal aspects of the research process.
The collection reflects the great changes that have occured within educational research since the 1980s and deals with the issues and situations of the late 1990s. It includes accounts that cover the various stages of the research process, a sampling of topics, the diversity of methodologies used in educational research and a range of theoretical perspectives. There is coverage of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and of large and smaller scale research. Also discussed are: ESRC programme research, contract research and theoretical research.
This book is beyond the level of practical methodology of which there are numerous texts, and should take our students thinking beyond the basic concepts. - Denny Mallows, Ripon and York St John University
'The value of this book (and the others in the series) is both for relatively inexperienced researcher and also for the experienced and senior researchers in different ways. For the former, it contains warnings of pitfalls and suggests how to avoid them. The experienced researcher can get more from it than this.' John Nisbet, Education in the North