Introduction to educational research (7th ed )


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This non-technically written, hands-on introductory text is supported by up-to-date technology to augment students' comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in educational research methods.

Introduction to Educational Research, Sixth Edition, guides learners through eight research methods to help plan and compose their first educational research project. Through chapter contents and in-text exercises, readers simultaneously learn how to prepare a research plan, gather and analyze data, address research questions and hypotheses, and organize a report of their projects. In keeping with the main purpose of helping students clearly understand and apply research concepts, the language of the text is non-technical and there are are many pedagogical features throughout the text.


PART ONE: Orientation to Educational Research

CHAPTER 1 Educational Research: Its Nature and Rules of Operation


Targeted Learnings

Chapter Information Organizers

An example: New Questions about Elmwood's Schools

Seeking Answers to Questions

The Scientific Method

Research and the Scientific Method

The Meaning of Research

The Process of Educational Research

Research and Educational Research

Rules of Operation in Educational Research

Legal Principles

Ethical Principles

Philosophical Principles

Procedural Principles

Why Study Educational Research?

Educators as Researchers

DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITY Guiding Principles of Research

Chapter Summary

List of Important Terms

Your Current Status

Activities for Thought and Discussion

Answers to Chapter exercises

References and Recommended Readings

CHAPTER 2 Types of Educational Research and Corresponding Sources of Data


Targeted Learnings

Types of Educational Research

Types of Research Categorized by Usefulness

Types of Research Differentiated by Tradition

Types of Research Based on Practicality

Primary and Secondary Sources of Research Data

Specific Sources of Research Data

Procedures and Tools Used in Collecting Data

Qualities Required in Research Data

Authenticity and Believability of Qualitative Data

Validity and Reliability of Quantitative Data

Treatment and Presentation of Data

Additional Terminology Related to Data

APPLYING TECHNOLOGY More about Variables and Questions

Participants, Samples, and Populations


Chapter Summary

List of Important Terms

Your Current Status

Activities for Thought and Discussion

Answers to Chapter Exercises

References and Recommended Readings

Part Two: Preliminary Skills Needed for Conducting Research

CHAPTER 3 Selecting, Refining, and Proposing a Topic for Research


Targeted Learnings

Where to Find Good Research Topics

Topics for Teachers, Counselors, and Other Educators

Topics for Administrators

Topics for Other Educators

Preliminary Considerations in Selecting Topics

APPLYING TECHNOLOGY Sources for Research Topics

Refining the Research Topic

Some Necessary Terminology

Variables and Educational Research

Continuous, Discrete, and Dichotomous...