Written specifically for education practitioners, An Introduction to Educational Research: Connecting Methods to Practice approaches research methods from a practice-first perspective that aligns research with professional experiences and identifies the tools and resources readers can use when conducting their own research. Throughout the book, the authors illuminate complex research concepts using problems of practice confronting educators to help readers make meaningful connections with key concepts and research practices. The authors present balanced coverage across research methodologies that is linked to practice, so readers clearly see research as a tool they can use to improve classrooms, schools, districts, and educational organizations.
Chad R. Lochmiller is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of Education at Indiana University where he teaches courses on data-driven decision-making, school finance, and research methods for practitioners. Dr. Lochmiller received his Ph.D. in Education with a specific focus on leadership, policy, and organizations from the University of Washington in 2010 and received his Master's of Educational Administration from Gonzaga University in 2005. His research focuses on contemporary education policy issues, specifically those related to school finance and human resources. He is particularly interested in the ways in which finance and personnel issues influence leaders' ability to enact meaningful reforms at the school and district level. He is also interested in issues related to leadership development and preparation. His research has been recently published in journals such as the Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. Jessica Nina Lester is an Assistant Professor in the Inquiry Methodology program in the School of Education at Indiana University where she teaches courses focused on introductory research methods and qualitative research methodologies, with a particular focus on discourse and conversation analysis. Dr. Lester received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research, along with a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education, from the University of Tennessee in 2011. She received her Master's of Education in 2005 from the University of Mary. Her research activities lie at the intersection of disability studies, discourse studies, and critical/social theory. Dr. Lester recently co-edited a book focused on performance ethnographies and co-authored a book focused on the use of digital tools across the qualitative research process. She is currently the co-editor of The Palgrave handbook of child mental health: Discourse and conversation studies and The Palgrave handbook of adult mental health: Discourse and conversation studies. She most recently published in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Discourse Studies, and The International Journal of Qualitative Studies.
Part I: Examining the Foundations of Educational Research Chapter 1: Studying Education Practice with Research Practitioner-Scholars Defined Using Problems of Practice to Frame Research An Overview of the Problems of Practice The Purposes and Types of Educational Research Research Paradigms Defining Research Methodologies and Research Methods Chapter 2: Designing a Research Study The Overarching Research Process Designing a Research Study Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature The Importance of the Literature Review Unpacking the Literature Review Difference between Qualitative and Quantitative Literature Reviews The Process of Conducting a Literature Review Staying Organized and Updated: A Few Reminders Using Technology to Complete the Literature Review Chapter 4: Considering Research Ethics Ethics and Educational Research Legal and Institutional Ethical Requirements Managing Research Relationships with Schools and Districts Considering Ethics Across the Research Process Emerging Ethical Challenges Part II: Considering Approaches to Educational Research Chapter 5: Introducing Qualitative Research Characteristics of Qualitative Research Qualitative Methodologies Chapter 6: Introducing Quantitative Research Quantitative Research: Aims and Purposes Characteristics of Quantitative Research Quantitative Research Designs Chapter 7: Collecting Qualitative and Quantitative Data Sampling Strategies Site Access and Participant Recruitment Collecting Qualitative Data Collecting Quantitative Data Considering Technology Tools to Support Data Collection Chapter 8: Completing Qualitative Data Analysis Defining Qualitative Data Analysis: Aims and Purposes Carrying Out Qualitative Data Analysis Issues of Validity in Qualitative Research Technology that Supports Qualitative Data Analysis Chapter 9: Completing Quantitative Data Analysis Quantitative Data Analysis: A Cyclical Approach Descriptive statistics: Identifying Patterns, Trends, and Frequencies Calculating Inferential Statistics A Few of The Most Common Statistical Tests Identifying Missing or Out-of-Range Data Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Research Technology that Supports Quantitative Data Analysis Chapter 10: Introducing Mixed Methods Research and Analysis Defining Mixed Methods Research Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research Mixed Methods Research Designs Models of Mixed Methods Research Selecting a Fixed or Emergent Mixed Methods Design Beyond Selecting a Mixed Methods Model Carrying Out a Mixed Methods Study Mixed Methods Analysis Chapter 11: Introducing Action Research Overview of Action Research The Action Research Cycle Unique Considerations for Action Research Using Technology in Action Research Part III: Producing Research to Improve Practice Chapter 12: Writing the Research Engaging in the Academic Writing Process The Basic Structure of a Research Report Formulating Arguments and Presenting Findings Technologies to Support Writing and Disseminating Research Chapter 13: Using and Sharing Research to Improve Practice Revisiting the Meaning of Practitioner-Scholarship Technologies to Support Sharing Research Summarizing the Research Process and the Methodologies Presented Returning to the Place We Began: Problems of Practice Conclusion