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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If participants receive more than one treatment , it is not possible to say which of the treatments , or which combinations of the treatments is necessary to bring about the desired result . For example , Stevens and Slavin ( 1995 ) ...
Record the interview if possible and always take notes it possible in case of a technological failure with the recording equipment . Concluding the Interview 1. Ease into the conclusion by summarizing what you have just heard . 2.
Random sampling is a very difficult condition to meet in most educational and psychological research , and random assignment is not always possible . For example , the researchers in the Parthasarathy et al . ( 1995 ) study were able to ...
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
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