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A classic in the field, INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN EDUCATION, 9th Edition, helps students master the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and shows them how to plan and conduct original research. The text's strengths include a clear writing style, comprehensive topic coverage, well-chosen and effective examples that clarify complex concepts, and strong end-of-chapter exercises that expose students to intriguing research problems. This edition builds on the text's strengths of teaching students to become more competent consumers and producers of research, with expanded coverage of action research and a new feature focusing on research issues in the public realm. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
- "Research Issues in the Public Realm," a unique new feature in most chapters, gives students exposure to "hot topic" issues such as privacy concerns, education reform, and working with indigenous populations.
- Examples throughout the text have been thoroughly updated to incorporate technology and with an eye on diversity.
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- Chapter 4, "Reviewing the Literature," includes up-to-date descriptions of the varied roles technology plays in education research.
- Chapter 11, "Experimental Research Design," has been fully updated and expanded to include coverage of special education research.
- Qualitative research methods are integrated throughout the text to emphasize the similarities and differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods in the field of education.
- Strong end-of-chapter exercises expose students to intriguing research problems and help develop critical thinking.
- The authors familiarize students with typical problems encountered in conducting and analyzing educational research in a logical and step-by-step manner.
- The book is a respected classic introduction to research methods for education, known for its comprehensive topic coverage and exceptionally clear writing style.
- Praised by reviewers for reliability and accessibility, the book has gained a reputation for accuracy and logical presentation of topics.
- "Think About It" exercises, which conclude the major discussions in every chapter, require students to apply and think critically about material covered in every major section of each chapter. These exercises serve as concept checks for students.
- Through original illustrations conceptualized by Donald Ary, the "Picture This" feature reinforces key chapter concepts in a clever and entertaining manner.
- Chapter 19, "Mixed Methods Research," features coverage of the philosophical basis of mixed methods research, the purposes for conducting mixed methods research, how to differentiate between different mixed methods designs, the reasons why a mixed method study might be conducted, and the limitations of mixed methods research.
1. The Nature of Scientific Inquiry.
2. The Scientific Approach in Education.
Part II: RESEARCH BACKGROUND.
3. The Research Problem.
4. Reviewing the Literature.
5. The Hypothesis.
Part III: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.
6. Descriptive Statistics.
7. Sampling and Inferential Statistics.
Part IV: FUNDAMENTALS.
8. Tools of Research.
9. Validity and Reliability.
Part V: RESEARCH METHODS.
10. Experimental Research.
11. Experimental Research Design.
12. Ex Post Facto Research.
13. Correlation Research.
14. Survey Research.
15. Defining and Designing Qualitative Research.
16. Types of Qualitative Research.
Part VI: COMMUNICATING RESEARCH.
17. Analyzing and Reporting Qualitative Research.
18. Action Research.
19. Mixed Methods Research.
20. Guidelines for Writing Research Proposals.
21. Interpreting and Reporting Results of Quantitative Research.
"I enjoy the authors' writing styles and the examples given to explain certain terms and concepts."
"I like the clear references and examples for difficult topics, especially research methodologies and various types of analyses. Students tend to be fearful of statistics and research, in general, when they start the course, so a text that provides a lot of practical information in a readable, understandable way is important."
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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank
The online Instructor's Manual contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course. For assessment support, the Test Bank offers over 100 questions to assess your students' knowledge.
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