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Guide to Practitioner Research in Education

by Ian Menter, Dely Elliot, Moira Hulme, Jon Lewin and Kevin Lowden SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers. The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions. This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

PART ONE: WHAT IS RESEARCH AND WHY DO IT? What is Research? Why Do It? PART TWO: WHAT DO WE WANT TO KNOW? What is a Research Question? PART THREE: WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? What do we Know Already? How do I do a Literature Review? PART FOUR: HOW WILL WE FIND OUT? Questionnaires and Questionnaire Design Interviews Focus Groups Observations Other Methods PART FIVE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Organising Data Data Analysis PART SIX: HOW WILL WE TELL EVERYONE? How do I Write up my Research? PART SEVEN: THE EXTRA BITS Ethics The Academic Bit The Software Bit The Statistics Bit

This book, with its focus on practitioner research in education, will certainly be of value to practitioner researchers who find the more generic books on social science research methods not tackling the specific challenges they face in sufficient detail.