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Educational Research

  • ID: 4031571
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  • 744 pages
  • SAGE Publications Ltd
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Assuming no prior knowledge, Educational Research by R. Burke Johnson and Larry Christensen offers a comprehensive, easily digestible introductory research methods textbook for undergraduate and graduate students. Readers will develop an understanding of the multiple research methods and strategies used in education and related fields; how to read and critically evaluate published research; and the ability to write a proposal, construct a questionnaire, and conduct an empirical research study on their own. Students rave about the clarity of this best seller and its usefulness for their studies, enabling them to become critical consumers and users of research.
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Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Introduction

1 Introduction to Educational Research

Why Study Educational Research?

Areas of Educational Research

Examples of Educational Research

General Kinds of Research

Basic and Applied Research

Evaluation Research

Action Research

Orientational Research

Sources of Knowledge

Experience

Reasoning

The Scientific Approach to Knowledge Generation

Dynamics of Science

Basic Assumptions of Science

Scientific Methods

Theory

The Principle of Evidence

Objectives of Educational Research

Overview of This Book

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

Research Exercises

Relevant Internet Sites

Recommended Reading

2 Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Research

Characteristics of the Three Research Paradigms

Quantitative Research Methods: Experimental and Nonexperimental Research

Variables

Experimental Research

Nonexperimental Research

Qualitative Research Methods

Phenomenology

Ethnography

Narrative Inquiry

Case Study Research

Grounded Theory

Mixed Research (or Mixed Methods Research)

The Advantages of Mixed Research

Our Research Typology

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

Research Exercises

Relevant Internet Sites

Recommended Reading

3 Action Research for Lifelong Learning

Defining Action Research

Origins of Action Research

Basic Scientific Research Versus Action Research

Types of Action Research

The Cycle of Action Research

Strengths and Weaknesses of Action Research

Action Research Journaling

Action Research in the Remaining Chapters of This Book

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

Research Exercises

Relevant Internet Sites

Recommended Reading

Note

Part II: Planning the Research Study

4 How to Review the Literature and Develop Research Questions

Sources of Research Ideas

Everyday Life

Practical Issues

Past Research

Theory

Ideas That Can’t Be Resolved Through Empirical Research

Review of the Literature

Literature Review for Quantitative Research Studies

Literature Review for Qualitative Research Studies

Literature Review for Mixed Research Studies

Sources of Information

Feasibility of the Study

Statement of the Research Problem

Stating a Quantitative Research Problem

Stating a Qualitative Research Problem

Stating a Mixed Research Problem

Statement of the Purpose of the Study

Statement of Purpose in a Quantitative Study

Statement of Purpose in a Qualitative Study

Statement of Purpose in a Mixed Methods Study

Statement of Research Questions

Statement of a Quantitative Research Question

Statement of a Qualitative Research Question

Statement of Research Questions in Mixed Research

Formulating Hypotheses

Consumer Use of the Literature

Action Research Reflection

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

Proposal Exercises

Relevant Internet Sites

Recommended Reading

5 How to Write a Research Proposal

Framework of the Research Proposal

Strategies for Writing Each Section of the Research Proposal

Introduction

Method

Research Participants

Design

Apparatus and/or Instruments

Procedure

Data Analysis

Abstract

Action Research Reflection

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

Proposal Exercise

Relevant Internet Sites

Recommended Reading

6 Research Ethics

What Are Research Ethics?

Ethical Concerns

Relationship Between Society and Science

Professional Issues

Treatment of Research Participants

Ethical Guidelines for Research With Humans

Informed Consent

Informed Consent an
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R. Burke Johnson - University of South Alabama
Larry Christensen - University of South Alabama
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