Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Donna M Mertens not only covers two standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also explores the new emancipatory paradigm that is inclusive of the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities and persons with disabilities.
In each chapter, Donna M Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process through the literature review, research method and analysis to reporting the research. Each chapter opens with examples and lists of topics to consider; contains sample studies to illustrate key ideas; has sequence steps to guide one through the research process; and has a question and answer section to elicit further reflection on the material covered.
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Focusing on Group Differences As Campbell ( 1988 , 1989 ) , Fine and Gordon ( 1989 ) , and others ( Shakeshaft , Campbell , & Karp , 1992 ) have pointed out , the focus of much gender - related research has been on gender differences .
Focus Groups Focus groups can be viewed as a data collection method or as a strategy for research . I introduce here only a brief description of focus groups as a strategy for research and elaborate on them as a data collection method ...
Researchers who use focus groups have found that groups made up of heterogeneous people often result in representatives of the “ dominant ” group monopolizing the focus group discussion . For example , combining parents of children with ...
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Critical Analysis of Literature Reviews
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