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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But in the interpretive / constructivist and emancipatory paradigms , multiple viewpoints are sought , with special efforts made to represent the views of the oppressed . The ontological assumption is not that there is one reality ...
To really have a basis for critically analyzing research , it is helpful to have a broad experience with different types of research as well as with a number of studies that represent the same research approach .
More complex versions of the ABAB design can be used , especially if A and B represent two different treatments rather than absence or presence of treatment - for example , AA + BA . Or a researcher might choose to use a simpler ...
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Critical Analysis of Literature Reviews
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