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School-based Research: A Guide for Education Students 3ed

by Elaine Wilson SAGE Publications Ltd
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Focused on the needs of the new classroom researcher, and those studying education on Masters-level courses, this is a thorough and thoughtful guide to the research process, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods.

SECTION 1: Using existing research to understand and plan school-based research
Ch1: Becoming a reflexive teacher - Elaine Wilson
Ch2: Refining the focus for research and formulating a research question - Elaine Wilson
Ch3: Reviewing the literature and writing a literature review - Elaine Wilson
SECTION 2: Planning school-based research
Ch4: Planning research - Elaine Wilson
Ch5: Ethics in educational research - Kris Stutchbury
Ch6: What is educational action research? - Elaine Wilson
Ch7: How to do action research - Elaine Wilson
Ch8: The case study - Helen Demetriou
Ch9: Building theory from data: grounded theory - Keith S. Taber
Ch10: Research with younger children: Issues and approaches - Paul Warwick & Roland Chaplain
SECTION 3: Data collection
Ch11: Data collection - Elaine Wilson
Ch12: Reliability and validity in qualitative research by teacher researchers - Michael Evans
Ch13: Taking a quantitative approach - Mark Winterbottom
Ch14: Handling and analysing data - Elaine Wilson
SECTION 4: Data analysis and presentation
Ch15: Analysing qualitative data - Michael Evans
Ch16: Analysing quantitative data - Ros McLellan
Ch17: Writing about your research - Elaine Wilson
Ch18: Disseminating research knowledge - Elaine Wilson
SECTION 5: Paradigms
Ch19: Beyond positivism: 'scientific' research into education - Keith S. Taber
Ch20: Interpretivism: meeting our selves in research - Christine Counsell

I would thoroughly recommend this latest edition of an already comprehensive guide.  The breadth and depth of coverage are impressive and make this book invaluable reading for any education student planning to complete their research project within a school setting.  Of particular merit are the very accessible chapters on research paradigms, and the insightful new chapter on disseminating research, blogs and social media.