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.
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Table of Contents
Part I: FOUNDATIONS: THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH IN EDUCATION.
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.