Practical Research: Design and Process, 13th edition

  • Jeanne Ellis Ormrod

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Practical Research is an engaging, cross-disciplinary guide to research methodology. This text is your do-it-yourself, how-to manual for planning and conducting research. Suitable for a wide variety of courses in basic research methodology, the book uses a conversational tone, step-by-step instructions, and practical suggestions to guide you from the selection of a problem to the preparation of a completed report.

The 13th Edition includes the latest technology-based strategies and tools for conducting and planning research. Other key updates include a greater focus on the ethics of research, new illustrative examples from a range of disciplines, expanded discussions of action research and participatory designs, and more.

Published by Pearson (March 15th 2023) - Copyright © 2024

ISBN-13: 9780137871537

Subject: Educational Research

Category: Educational Research


PART I: The Fundamentals

  1. The Nature, Tools, and Ethics of Research

PART II: Focusing Your Research Efforts

  1. The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process
  2. Review of the Related Literature
  3. Planning a Research Project
  4. Writing a Research Proposal

PART III: Research Designs

  1. Descriptive Research
  2. Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Ex Post Facto Designs
  3. Qualitative Research Methods
  4. Mixed-Methods Designs
  5. Action Research and Participatory Designs

PART IV: Data Analyses

  1. Analyzing Quantitative Data
  2. Analyzing Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Data

PART V: Research Reports

  1. Planning and Preparing a Final Research Report


  1. Using a Spreadsheet: Microsoft Excel
  2. Using SPSS
  3. Two Examples of a Dissertation Outline

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