Focused on the needs of the new classroom researcher, and those studying education on Masters-level courses, this is a thorough and thoughtful guide to the research process, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. It guides you through research design, data collection and analysis and how to write up your research findings.
This third edition has been updated to provide further coverage on the best ways to approach, construct and carry out educational research within the classroom including:
a new chapter on disseminating research knowledge
expanded coverage of formulating research questions
a reworked chapter structure better reflecting the research process
This is essential reading for students on education degree programmes including a research methods component, including education studies, undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS) and postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, Teach First, SCITT) initial teacher education courses, MEd and professional development courses.
Online resources expanding on and complementing the contents of the book can be found at: study.sagepub.com/wilsonsbr3e
Elaine Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Cambridge.
SECTION 1: Using existing research to understand and plan school-based research Ch1: Becoming a reflexive teacher - Elaine Wilson Ch2: Refining the focus for research and formulating a research question - Elaine Wilson Ch3: Reviewing the literature and writing a literature review - Elaine Wilson SECTION 2: Planning school-based research Ch4: Planning research - Elaine Wilson Ch5: Ethics in educational research - Kris Stutchbury Ch6: What is educational action research? - Elaine Wilson Ch7: How to do action research - Elaine Wilson Ch8: The case study - Helen Demetriou Ch9: Building theory from data: grounded theory - Keith S. Taber Ch10: Research with younger children: Issues and approaches - Paul Warwick & Roland Chaplain SECTION 3: Data collection Ch11: Data collection - Elaine Wilson Ch12: Reliability and validity in qualitative research by teacher researchers - Michael Evans Ch13: Taking a quantitative approach - Mark Winterbottom Ch14: Handling and analysing data - Elaine Wilson SECTION 4: Data analysis and presentation Ch15: Analysing qualitative data - Michael Evans Ch16: Analysing quantitative data - Ros McLellan Ch17: Writing about your research - Elaine Wilson Ch18: Disseminating research knowledge - Elaine Wilson SECTION 5: Paradigms Ch19: Beyond positivism: `scientific' research into education - Keith S. Taber Ch20: Interpretivism: meeting our selves in research - Christine Counsell