Educational Research Primer

Educational Research Primer

By: Anthony G. Picciano (author)Paperback

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An accessible guide designed as an introduction to educational research and statistics. Dr Picciano places especial emphasis on understanding and interpreting statistical procedures rather than on working with mathematical formulae. The primer covers the main areas of concern to any student embarking on a research project, such as how to locate material for research purposes, how to plan a research project, how to conduct various types of research as well as how to use research in educational practice. The primer is brought to life with numerous examples from Dr Picciano's workshops which demonstrate how to interpret various statistical routines using statistical software packages.

About Author

Anthony Picciano is Professor of Education Administration and Supervision in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College at the City University of New York, USA.


How to use this primer; Introduction to educational research; The research plan; Locating material for research; Ethnographic research; Historical research; Descriptive research; Action and evaluation research; Correlational research; Experimental research; Causal comparative research; Using quantitative analysis - in theory and practice; Review of statistics; Bibliography. 1. How to use this primer; 2. Introduction to educational research; Definition of educational research; Purposes for studying educational research; Types of educational research; 3. The research plan; The educational research process; Selecting a topic; Stating the problem; Theoretical framework; Review of the literature; Results; 4. Locating material for research; Locating material for a topic; Major sources of information on education; Computer / on-line resources; 5. Ethnographic research; Definition and characteristics of ethnographic research; Appropriateness / limitations; 6. Historical research; Definition and characteristics of historical research; Appropriateness / limitations; 7. Descriptive research; Definition and characteristics of descriptive research; Appropriateness / limitations; 8. Action and evaluation research; Definition and characteristics of action and evaluation research; Appropriateness / limitations; 9. Correlational research; Definition and characteristics of correlational research; Appropriateness / limitations; Correlation coefficients / regression analysis; 10. Experimental research; Cause and effect in educational research; Definition and characteristics of experimental research; Appropriateness / limitations; 11. Causal comparative research; Definition and characteristics of causal comparative research; Appropriateness / limitations; 12. Using quantitative analysis in research and educational practice; 13. Review of statistics; Definition / terms; Types of data; Types of analysis; Statistical measures; Measures of central tendency; Measures of dispersion; Measures of relative position; Measures of relationship; Sampling procedures; Reliability and validity of test instruments; SPSS statistical software; Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9780826472038
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 158
  • ID: 9780826472038
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0826472036

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