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John W. Creswell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Appropriate for Introduction to Educational Research courses.
This groundbreaking text is the first introduction of its kind to offer a balanced, inclusive, and integrated overview in the field of educational research. Unlike any other text, it comprehensively addresses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to educational research and applies them to the process of research. It begins by introducing the general process of research in six steps. Within this context, it describes both quantitative and qualitative approaches in detail. It closes with eight research designs—experimental, correlational, survey, grounded theory, ethnography, narrative, mixed method, and action research—to implement the process.
Introduces students to the fundamental steps on how to do research.
Helps students become more skilled at interpreting and evaluating research.
Provides annotated research articles, including one within each design chapter, and two at the end of Ch. 1 to compare quantitative and qualitative articles, to help students comprehend the structure of articles and other key issues of concern when evaluating specific parts of research.
“Information for Consumers of Research” boxes list key components to look for and consider when reading articles.
Discusses the step-by-step research experiences of Maria, a fictitious high-school teacher, who conducts research for her school committee and for her graduate research report; her story unfolds as her experiences are used to illustrate the specific topic of each chapter.
“Information for Producers of Research” boxes in each chapter list key points to simplify the process and help conduct quality studies with each design.
Contains a wealth of practical examples of the major concepts presented so students learn to apply the ideas.
Presents passages in which the author discusses how he would implement a specific research activity and emphasizes the sorting and sifting that happens in actual research as well as specific strategies that have worked well for the author.
I. AN OVERVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH.
II. THE STEPS IN THE PROCESS OF RESEARCH.
III. RESEARCH DESIGNS.
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