Research Methods for Education

Research Methods for Education

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qOne of the most thorough and comprehensive research texts available. The author offers a thorough representation of all aspects of the research process, draws on a wide range of real examples from practice, and offers particular support to those students who struggle when presenting quantitative data in their research projects.q-Liz Keeley-Browne, Oxford Brookes University qA serious and important attempt to simplify the complex process of research, without restricting or overly classifying the range and power of techniques available to us.q-Stephen Gorard, The University of Birmingham qIt is a very accessible text, easy to read and navigate through. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to students embarking on educational research and to lecturers about to teach a course in research methodology.q-Marc SchSfer, Rhodes University, South Africa Research methods is a complex subject which many education students find frustrating. Philosophical approaches, quantitative methods and epistemology can all prove confusing and arcane for the novice educational researcher, whilst many students struggle with the practical aspects of deciding on a research project, designing a questionnaire or presenting conclusions in the most convincing way. Research Methods in Education therefore takes the student by the hand and guides them through the subject in an engaging, witty and clear way. Packed with exercises, examples and comparative international material from other educational contexts, Peter Newby's book is the student-friendly text which demystifies the research process with clarity and verve. Key features: -Written for people who are new to research and not confident with numbers -A mixed methods approach, which doesn't simply prioritise quantitative or qualitative methods -Rich supporting website with activities, multiple choice questions, data-sets, examples of good and bad research tools. This shows students how to progress their own research project and contains coaching and support to help students with mathematics -Covers graphical and analytic procedures using Internet tools and spreadsheets -Contains guidance on analytic procedures that require more advanced tools such as SPSS and Minitab -Designed to help students produce good, valid and valuable research. Excellent coverage of availability of secondary data sources -Many excellent international examples and case studies specifically from education, which breaks away from a parochial focus on UK education system. qThis an especially useful and enjoyable book for beginning and experienced researchers alike.q-Peter Freebody, University of Sydney, Australia qThis is an excellent, up-to-date and accessible methods text which will greatly appeal to students grappling with the research process. The style of the book is clear and user-friendly, whilst the content anticipates many of the problems which students are likely to encounter during their research in education. Comprehensive and good value for money.q-Samantha Punch, University of Stirling qI am impressed by Newby's concrete and structured way of guiding the student through the entire research process. His descriptions of complex theories and procedures is conveyed in an interesting and accessible way. Students will also enjoy the writing style and pedagogical organization of the book.q-Carina RAmnngvist, Umes School of Education, SwedenAsynchronous interviewing (asking questions in one time period and receiving responses in another) is possible but little used. ... interviews will have starter questions and guidance and what themes to introduce if the interviewee does not anbsp;...

Title:Research Methods for Education
Author:Peter Newby
Publisher:Pearson Education - 2010


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