This is a clear introduction to the methodological and philosophical debates in the field of education research. It sets out the key ideas, questions, and dilemmas which inform all research and then, through the careful use of case studies and practical advice from experienced researchers, grounds them in the specific concerns of education and educational studies.
Written by experienced academics and teachers the book links broad philosophical principles with practical strategies for designing and conducting ethical and effective research.
Perfect for postgraduate students planning their own research in education this book will help you to:
* Understand the philosophical foundations of your work.
* Conceptualise and refine your research question.
* Pick the right methodology for your research.
* Embed ethical considerations throughout your research.
This book is an ideal companion for any postgraduate student or early career academic conducting research across education and educational studies.
Jon Swain currently works at University College London where he is a senior researcher and lecturer. He mainly carries out qualitative research, which has included a series of numeracy and literacy projects in the post-16 sector. He has also written many articles on boys' masculinities. Between 2008 and 2013, he was program leader for the MPhil/PhD; he also has extensive teaching experience on the EdD program and continues to supervise and tutor both PhD and EdD students. His professional career began as a primary school teacher, and he took a part-time MA at the Institute of Education in the late 1990s before completing his PhD in 2001.
Part I: Concepts and philosophical issues informing research designs Chapter 1: Setting the Scene: Research and education - Jon Swain Chapter 2: Designing Your Research in Education - Jon Swain Chapter 3: Developing a Research Proposal in Education - Jon Swain Chapter 4: Debates Around Epistemology in Education - Will Gibson Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations in Research and Education - Jon Swain Part II: The application of the research designs Chapter 6: Experimental Design in Education - Jane Hurry Chapter 7: Survey Design in Education - Charlie Owen Chapter 8: Ethnography in Education - Rebecca O'Connell Chapter 9: Case Studies in Education - Mano Candappa Chapter 10: Mixed Methods in Education - Olga Cara Chapter 11: Summary and Conclusions - Jon Swain Glossary