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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... it would have deleterious effects on the quality of the research . a Writing Research Reports he benchmark style manual for writing educational and psychological research reports Psychological Association ( APA ] , 1994 ) .
Organizing Qualitative Writing . Qualitative researchers often end up with a mountain of data that needs to be reduced to some manageable form so that others will be able and willing to read it . Wolcott ( 1994 ) suggests the following ...
complicated writing style . In her own defense , and as a point to be made more broadly about language , she warns that simple , clear writing might disguise the complexity of an issue . She says , “ Sometimes we need a density that ...
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An Introduction to Research
Literature Review and Research Problems
Experimental and QuasiExperimental Research
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