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.
The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University
of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner
researchers in education.
PART ONE: WHAT IS RESEARCH AND WHY DO IT? What Is Research? Why Do Practitioner Research? PART TWO: WHAT DO WE WANT TO KNOW? What Is a Research Question? Getting It Right! Values and the Ethical Dimensions of Practitioner Research PART THREE: WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY AND WHERE DO WE FIND IT? What Do We Know Already? How Do I Do a Literature Review? PART FOUR: HOW WILL WE FIND OUT? Questionnaires and Questionnaire Design Interviews Using Focus Groups Observation Other Methods PART FIVE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Quantitative Data Analysis Qualitative Data Analysis PART SIX: HOW WILL WE TELL EVERYONE? How Do I Write up My Research?