PART ONE: INTRODUCTION - 'DESIGN' AS DISTINCT FROM METHODS What Is Research Design? Introducing Designs in the Cycle of Research PART TWO: THE PRELIMINARIES OF RESEARCH DESIGN Identifying Researchable Questions Warranting Research Claims The Nature of Causal Claims PART THREE: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Identifying the Sample or Cases Comparing for Comparative Claims Matters of Timing and Sequence Evaluating Controlled Interventions PART FOUR: MORE ADVANCED CONSIDERATIONS Further Designs for Evaluation Challenges for Validity How Big Is a Difference? A Second Principle of Ethics PART FIVE: CONCLUSION Revisiting the Need for Robust Design
Stephen Gorard is the Professor of Education Research at the University of Birmingham, Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, introducer for the ESRC Grant Awarding Panel A, and a methods expert for the US Institute of Education Science panel on Mathematics and Science. His research concerns the robust evaluation of education as a lifelong society-wide process, focused on issues of equity and effectiveness. He has successfully conducted over 70 projects funded by government and other sources, and is the author of hundreds of research books and articles. His work appears regularly in the media, and is much used by local and international policy-makers. He is currently an evaluator for the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy, the Educational Endowment Foundation, the Learning and Skills Information Service, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Food Standards Agency.
This is a landmark text in the neglected field of research design.
Gorard provides a unique introduction to planning and executing a
research project that is both grounded in well-established
traditions and radical in its approach. Perhaps the most important
methods text published in many years
University of Leicester
For the first time this book has made me realize the need and
worth of doing real social science research. Page after page made
me think clearly about research design and its essential
importance. The book will have an everlasting impact on my view of
any research project. I must say that it is the only book I have
ever come across that reads so simply and so naturally about
research design in social sciences. This book is surely the 'bible'
of social science research for me
Lecturer, Fatima Jinnah Women's University, Pakistan