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Introduction to Research in Education 9th Edition

Donald Ary, Lucy Cheser Jacobs, Christine K. Sorensen Irvine, David A. Walker

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  • Previous Editions 2010, 2006, 2002
  • 720 Pages


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

Donald Ary, Emeritus, Northern Illinois University

In addition to co-authoring the first eight editions of INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION, Donald Ary (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) co-authored INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS: PURPOSES AND PROCEDURES (with L. C. Jacobs), and ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATION DATA (with H. K. Suen). He also co-authored the educational psychology text, READINGS IN CLASSROOM LEARNING AND PERCEPTION (with R. J. Mueller and E. C. McCormick). He wrote chapters for three books and published 35 journal articles, six of them in Behavioral Assessment. He presented papers at professional conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for Behavioral Analysis. Dr. Ary taught research design, statistics, measurement, and educational psychology, first at Indiana University, then at Northern Illinois University, where he was director of the Educational Psychology and Special Education Research Office and interim chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. He served as consultant to various educational offices in Illinois and to the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Office of Education. He also served on the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Early in his career, Dr. Ary was an elementary teacher.

Lucy Cheser Jacobs, Indiana University

Lucy Cheser Jacobs has a B.S. in chemistry from Catharine Spalding College in Kentucky, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Indiana University–Bloomington. She received a John H. Edwards fellowship during graduate study. Dr. Jacobs taught research methodology, statistics, measurement, and educational psychology courses at Indiana University. She served as Director of the Bureau of Evaluative Studies for several years, where she conducted institutional research studies. Before beginning graduate studies, she taught high school chemistry in Kentucky. She has co-authored INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION (nine editions) and INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (both with D. Ary), and DEVELOPING AND USING TESTS EFFECTIVELY (with C. Chase). She held membership in AERA and NCME and presented papers at their annual conferences.

Christine K. Sorensen Irvine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Christine K. Sorensen Irvine (M.S., Ph.D., professional studies in education, Iowa State University) is a professor in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she teaches research methods courses in the doctoral program and mentors doctoral candidates. She also co-directs a U.S. Department of Education grant working with entities across the Pacific on educational program planning, evaluation, and assessment. She was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii from 2007 to 2012 and Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Sorensen has an extensive record in grants; her research areas have focused on technology integration in education. She has taught courses in research, evaluation, and higher education, and has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. She has more than 30 publications, well over 100 presentations, and has chaired over 40 completed dissertations. She has co-authored INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION since the seventh edition.

David A. Walker, Northern Illinois University

David A. Walker (M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology), is a Professor of Educational Research, Technology, and Assessment and an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Prior to NIU, he served on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and was a post-doctorate researcher at Iowa State's Research Institute for Studies in Education. Dr. Walker has an extensive research record with 108 refereed publications, 30 technical and program reports, 146 refereed conference presentations, 40 invited presentations/lectures, and 215 statistical computer program creations. A majority of these scholarly works pertain to the themes of statistical methodology and/or research methods in areas such as effect sizes, reliability measures, and the general linear model. He has been involved in numerous federal and state-based grants, and as an evaluator in projects affiliated with teacher education. Dr. Walker has taught courses in research methods, assessment, testing, measurement, and statistics and has expertise in quantitative methods of research.
  • "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.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at:
  • 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.
3. The Research Problem.
4. Reviewing the Literature.
5. The Hypothesis.
6. Descriptive Statistics.
7. Sampling and Inferential Statistics.
8. Tools of Research.
9. Validity and Reliability.
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.
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.

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"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

ISBN: 9781285085937
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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These ready-to-use Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides cover content for each chapter of the book.