An Education Research Primer: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use it

An Education Research Primer: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use it

By: Patricia A. Lauer (author)Paperback

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Produced by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), one of the nation's foremost educational research and training organizations, An Education Research Primer gives educators a basic understanding of educational research, its guiding criteria, and its relevance to school-based decision-making. In clear and concise language the book summarizes the various types of educational research, explaining their diverse purposes and methods. For example, the difference between experimental research (studies involving control group trials) and descriptive research (based on descriptive information and relationships) is explained, including how each is designed to address different types of research questions, and why each might have different applications. The book also describes what's involved in setting up a comparison control group and how some studies have randomized control groups while others do not. In addition, the book describes the different types of data collection methods used in research and how this can bear on the research findings.

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Patricia A. Lauer, Ph.D., is a former principal researcher with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Aurora, Colorado. Currently, she is the evaluation director for the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education in Lakewood, Colorado.


Lauer, An Education Primer CONTENTS Preface 1. The Purpose of Educational Research 2. Scientific Criteria in Educational Research 3. The Types of Educational Research 4. Understanding Experimental and Descriptive Research 5. Understanding Data Collection Approaches 6. Issues in Evaluating Education Research 7. Evaluating Experimental Research Studies 8. Evaluating Descriptive Research Studies 9. Evaluating Literature Reviews 10. Assessing the Relevance of Research Studies Appendices A. Tips on Reading Research Reports B. Glossary of Education Research Terms C. Finding Education Research D. Research Statistics Tutorial References

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/06/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780787983239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780787983239
  • weight: 528
  • ISBN10: 0787983233

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