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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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 .
Thus , their design could be depicted as follows : R 0 X 0 R O X2 O RO O The Os represent the pre- and postquestionnaire on strategy use that was administered before training and after all other posttesting .
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
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