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Educational Research: An Introduction, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive and widely respected text for scholars and for the preparation of graduate level students who need to understand educational research in depth and who may conduct original research for a dissertation or thesis. A comprehensive introduction to the major research methods and types of data analysis used today, this text provides detailed coverage of all facets of research, from the epistemology of quantitative and qualitative scientific inquiry to the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting of a completed study.
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- New or revised sections on important topics such as hierarchical linear modeling, mixed methods research, the increasingly diverse range of genres and emphasis on justice-seeking perspectives in qualitative research, policies for protection of human subjects, the establishment of the Institute of Education Sciences, and changes in the ERIC system.
- Illustration of research concepts and procedures are provided through descriptions of their use in recently published studies on such contemporary educational problems as the achievement gap, diversity in education, curriculum standards, and school accountability.
- All citations have been updated to reflect new book editions and recent authoritative publications on key topics.
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Table of contents
1. The Nature of Educational Research
II. PLANNING A RESEARCH STUDY.
2. The Research Process: From Proposal to Final Report
3. Ethics and Site Relations
4. Reviewing the Literature
III. RESEARCH METHODS.
5. Statistical Techniques
6. Selecting a Sample
7. Collecting Research Data with Tests and Self-Report Measures
8. Collecting Research Data with Questionnaires and Interviews
9. Collecting Research Data through Observation and Content Analysis
IV. QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN.
10. Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Designs
11. Nonexperimental Research: Correlational Designs
12. Experiment Research: Designs, Part 1
13. Experimental Research: Designs, Part 2
V. APPROACHES TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.
14. Case Study Research
15. Qualitative Research Traditions
16. Historical Research
VI. APPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH.
17. Evaluation Research
18. Action Research
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