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Educational Research

Educational Research

James B. Schreiber, Kimberly Asner-Self

ISBN: 978-0-470-13910-3 November 2010 400 Pages


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Students will finally have a resource that focuses on the research question, providing them with a unique approach that will help in the educational research field.  Authors, Jim Schreiber and Kimberly Asner-Self have chosen to focus on the research question in Educational Research, First Edition because it is core element around which a research study revolves and evolves.

Within the text, Key Ideas sections are presented in each chapter act as an organizing mechanism and look at the big picture of that chapter.  Many of the writing activities are open-ended questions that allow students to write questions or what they are thinking about the topic at that point.  Case study examples are also integrated throughout to demonstrate how decisions are made and how they affect everything within a study.  This text will enable students to create the most effective studies.

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Chapter 1 Introduction To Research Design.

Research What Is It Anyway?

Qualitative And Quantitative Design.

Types Of Research.

Case Study.

Introduction To Armchair Moments .

Chapter 2 Scholar Before Researcher.

Reading Why Do It?

What Is A Literature Review?

Research Idea Locations.

Finding Literature.

Background Descriptive Statistics.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 3 Problem Areas And Research Questions.

The Need To Organize.

Practical Tactics For Organizing Your Information.

Transitioning From Organizing To Writing.

Your Research Interests.

The Road You Are On.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 4 Participant Sampling And Selection.

How Do We Get Who We Want?

Population, Sample, And Participants.

Quantitative Single-Stage Sampling Procedures.

Qualitative Sampling Process.

Potential Harm To Participants.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 5 Believability In Observation And Measurement.

You Must Know So They Can Believe!

The Ways We Measure Quantitatively.

Qualitative Data.

“Score” Reliablity And Validity.

Aera/Apa Guidelines.

Developed Instruments.

Reliability And Validity Of Qualitative Research.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 6 Instruments And Collection.

Surveys, Questionnaires, Interviews, And Field Notes.

How Should I Collect Data?

Types Of Content.

Basics Of Instrument Construction.

Instrument Design.




Methods Of Data Collection.

Paper-And-Pencil Tests And Inventories.

Cognitive Tests.

Affective Tests.

Language And Bias.

Operationalizing Latent Constructs.

Data Collection Patterns.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 7 Experimental And Nonexperimental.

Research Design.

Design For Strength And Elegance.

Study Design Review.

Designs And Their Limitations.

Experimental Designs.

Nonexperimental And Descriptive Designs.

Brief Discussion Of Advanced Designs/Statistical Techniques.

Types Of Data.

Justifying Your Research Design.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 8 Qualitative Design.

Introduction To Qualitative Design.

Interactive Participation.

Noninteractive Participation.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 9 Analysis Techniques: Descriptive And Inferential Statistics.

Why Choose An Analysis Technique Now?


Descriptive Statistics.

Inferential Statistics.

Statistical Significance.

Inferential Tests.

Chapter 10 Data Analysis: Non-Numeric Data.

Pattern Searching And Testing, Qualitative Style.

Study Validity In Qualitative Analysis.

Data Analysis Techniques, Phases, And Issues.

Which Software To Choose, If You Go That Route.

Analysis By Method.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 11 Program Evaluation.

What Is Evaluation?

Models/Approaches To Evaluation.

Our Model And Experience With Evaluations.

Additional Topics.

Case Study.

Armchair Moment.

Chapter 12 Writing The Proposal Or Final Report.

Research Report Writing.

Proposal Report/Organization.

Being Your Own Best Editor.


Armchair Moment.

  • Each chapter begins with a Key Idea. Key Ideas act as an organising mechanism and give the big picture of that chapter.
  • Beginning in Chapter 2, there are writing activities and open-ended questions that allow students to write questions or what they are thinking about the topic at that point. Other activities are designed to help think critically or to critique.              
  • In-Text Activities encourage students to stop to write down what they are working on, such as their research question, review of literature, or potential sample. These activities are designed to help develop research and act as a running record of thoughts at any given moment.
  • Each chapter concludes with an Arm Chair Moment in order to discuss in depth a specific topic that has troubled students in our classes. The Arm Chair Moment is a less formal conversation about a topic in the chapter, and is similar to a conversation one may have with a colleague, professor, or peer.
  • Case Study examples have been created for students to follow from chapter to chapter to see how the decisions made, related to the material in the chapter, in a research study affect everything else.