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Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors of Case Studies Introduction: Using This Book Part I: Issues and Approaches 1. An Overview to Educational Research 2. Varying Approaches to Researching Education 3. Reviewing the Research Literature 4. Being Critical and Reflexive: Principles and Practice 5. The Researcher's Role and Responsibility Part II: Methods and Their Limits 6. Interviewing 7. Case Study 8. Survey Research 9. Documentary Research and Analysis 10. Other Methods for the Researcher Part III: Analysing, Presenting and Disseminating 11. Dealing with Qualitative Data 12. Writing and Publishing 13. What's the Use of Educational Research? Appendices Glossary of Terms References and Further Reading Index

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An extensively revised second edition of this much admired, no-nonsense guide to educational research.

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Jerry Wellington is Professor in Education at the University of Sheffield, UK.


For the novice or aspiring researcher in education, this volume ... provides a well-wrought introduction to very many important issues in the field. It is written in an accessible, often first-person style ... [and] is well organized ... The inclusion of many clear summary tables, figures, and boxes throughout the book is a real bonus ... [A]s far as it goes it is first class. * Educational Research and Evaluation *
I've always recommended Educational Research as a key text for my students at all levels because of its clarity and scope. This excellent new edition brings it right up to date for a new generation of researchers with its incisive coverage of research technology and current methodological debates. * Susan Wallace, Emeritus Professor of Education, Nottingham Trent University, UK *
This highly readable book provides an authoritative account of the methods and methodology used within educational research that is thoughtfully underpinned by an introduction to key theoretical perspectives. It usefully recommends examples of educational research for further study and even has useful comments on common writing mistakes. This is a book that students in higher education will find invaluable. * Gordon Joyes, Associate Professor in eLearning, University of Nottingham, UK *
A sophisticated and accessible introduction to educational research. Textbooks are rarely compelling, but this one has a fascination to it that stems from the way it draws out a whole range of issues and contexts. * Peter Kahn, Educational Developer, University of Liverpool, UK *
This is a very good introduction to educational research methods. It takes the researcher through the nuts and bolts of designing a research project, as well as enabling them to see their project in a wider methodological framework. The text is accessible throughout and is supported by well-chosen examples of research. * Michael Hammond, Associate Professor and Director of Education Research Students at the University of Warwick, UK *
This is a very useful book outlining educational research methods and techniques. It is underpinned by accessible content for readers of all abilities and it is current and up to date - with welcome recognition about undertaking educational research in an increasingly digitally accessible world. * David Wooff, Edge Hill University, UK *

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