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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As you struggle to define your research topic , it is important to remember to set limits in terms of geographic region and the time period covered . Local studies and state studies are valid and important parts of historical research ...
When this is the case , it is important to get an agreement with the person as to the nature , duration , and control of the work . Writing a biography often involves extensive interviewing that could stretch over years .
Important terms and concepts should be defined . If you are proposing a qualitative study , initial definitions for important terms and concepts should be included , while recognizing that these will change as the study proceeds .
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Critical Analysis of Literature Reviews
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