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Applying Educational Research: How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice, Pearson eText with Loose-Leaf Version -- Access Card Package, 7th edition

  • M D. Gall
  • Joyce P. Gall
  • Walter R. Borg

Published by Pearson (May 27th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

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Applying Educational Research: How To Read, Do, and Use Research To Solve Problems of Practice, Loose-Leaf Version

ISBN-13: 9780132868631

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Applying Educational Research focuses on relating research to practice, helping educators see the relevance of research to their daily work.  This goal of making research relevant is accomplished by focusing on current “problems of practice.” Each chapter highlights a set of important issues for teachers, students, and schools–-issues like teacher evaluation, the effectiveness of close-reading strategies, and the use of computer-supported instruction.  The research examples and articles in the chapter then address these issues, providing students a meaningful context for the information they are learning about research methods. Through this approach, students learn about the research process and current research on topics that directly impact practice.


From reviews of the text:


The writing style of the textbook is excellent . . . . Writing clarity for content builds from one paragraph to another. . . . The Gall, Gall, and Borg textbook is the only text I would consider for [my Master’s-level research course]. Because the authors are scholars and practitioners, they bring a depth and range to the topic of educational research that is unsurpassed."

            --Vikki K. Collins, Troy University


"The writing style is very clear. I find it easy to read and navigate among the chapters. Most graduate students in my class will not have any problems reading the book. The authors provide a very gentle introduction to educational research. . . . The authors adopt a balanced view of educational research. . . . They have explained most of the quantitative analyses used in educational research, and they have explicated the major theories of qualitative research. They have introduced the research techniques in a clear manner accessible to a broad audience inside and outside of the education field."

            --Xiaofeng Steven Lui, University of South Carolina

Table of contents



Chapter 1: Using Research Evidence to Improve Educational Practice   

Evidence-Based Professional Practice  

Evidence-Based Practice in Education  

The Purpose of Educational Research  

Characteristics of Research as an Approach to Inquiry  

Quantitative and Qualitative Research  

Collaborating with Researchers  

A Personal Note: The Research “Spark”   

An Example of How Research Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice  

Self-Check Test  

Article: How Students’ Sleepy Brains Fail Them   

Chapter 2: Doing Your Own Research: From Proposal to Final Report   

Identifying a Research Problem  

Outlining a Research Proposal    

Other Steps in the Research Process  

Self-Check Test  

Sample Outline of a Quantitative Research Proposal

Sample Outline of a Qualitative Research Proposal




Chapter 3: Conducting and Writing Your Own Literature Review

Informal Literature Reviews  

Formal Literature Reviews  

Professional Literature Reviews

A Systematic Procedure for Doing Formal Literature Reviews    

Parts and Presentation of a Literature Review  

Self-Check Test  

Article: The Case For and Against Homework

Article: The Process Writing Approach: A Meta-Analysis

Chapter 4: Using Search Engines and Available Literature Reviews       

The Purpose of Search Engines  

Selecting a Useful Search Engine  

Using Search Engines    

Obtaining a Publication after a Literature Search  

Locating Published Literature Reviews

Criteria for Evaluating Published Literature Reviews

An Example of How Literature Reviews Can Help in Solving Problems of Practice

Self-Check Test  




Chapter 5: Analyzing and Evaluating Reports of Quantitative Research Studies

Organization of a Quantitative Research Report  

Abstract and Introduction  

Method Section: Sampling Procedures  

Method Section: Measures  

Method Section: Research Design and Procedures  

Results Secti

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