Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Focused on providing as full a picture as possible of what is considered to be "good" research, Research Methods in Education and Psychology explains quantitative and qualitative methods and incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into the descriptions of these methods. It not only covers two of the standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also a relatively 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 from the literature review to types of research method to analysis and reporting of quantitative or qualitative approaches. As an added plus, she includes a sample study and abstract in each chapter to illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter. To enhance your students reading, she has also included:
- Chapter opening examples and lists of topics to consider
- Boxed examples and points to consider
- Sample studies in every chapter to illustrate key ideas
- Sequence steps to guide each stage of the research process
- End-of-chapter "Questions and Answers for Discussion and Application" to elicit further reflection of the material covered
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Sometimes , evaluations are done , but no big decisions are made based on the results . Patton ( 1986 ) notes that evaluations can be used to reduce uncertainty about decisions that have to be made but that many other factors influence ...
Patton ( 1988 ) declares himself to be a pragmatist in his choice of models and methods , asserting that sensible methods decisions should be based on the purpose of the inquiry , the questions being investigated , and the resources ...
Decision - making patterns : Who makes decisions about the activities that take place ? To what extent are decisions made openly so that participants are aware of the decision - making process ? How are decisions by staff presented to ...
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
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