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 knowledgeexpanded coverage of formulating research questionsa 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 researchCh1: Becoming a reflexive teacher - Elaine WilsonCh2: Refining the focus for research and formulating a research question - Elaine WilsonCh3: Reviewing the literature and writing a literature review - Elaine WilsonSECTION 2: Planning school-based researchCh4: Planning research - Elaine WilsonCh5: Ethics in educational research - Kris StutchburyCh6: What is educational action research? - Elaine WilsonCh7: How to do action research - Elaine WilsonCh8: The case study - Helen DemetriouCh9: Building theory from data: grounded theory - Keith S. TaberCh10: Research with younger children: Issues and approaches - Paul Warwick & Roland ChaplainSECTION 3: Data collectionCh11: Data collection - Elaine WilsonCh12: Reliability and validity in qualitative research by teacher researchers - Michael EvansCh13: Taking a quantitative approach - Mark WinterbottomCh14: Handling and analysing data - Elaine WilsonSECTION 4: Data analysis and presentationCh15: Analysing qualitative data - Michael EvansCh16: Analysing quantitative data - Ros McLellanCh17: Writing about your research - Elaine WilsonCh18: Disseminating research knowledge - Elaine WilsonSECTION 5: ParadigmsCh19: Beyond positivism: `scientific' research into education - Keith S. TaberCh20: Interpretivism: meeting our selves in research - Christine Counsell