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Educational research : an introduction / Meredith D. Gall, Joyce P. Gall, Walter R. Borg

Main Author Gall, Meredith Damien Coauthor Borg, Walter R.
Gall, Joyce P.
Country Estados Unidos. Edition 8th ed Publication Boston : Pearson, cop. 2007 Description XXXI, 672 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-205-48849-8 CDU 37.012
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Educational Research: An Introduction, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive and widely respected text for scholars and for the preparation of graduate-level students who need to understand educational research in depth and conduct original research for a dissertation or thesis. A comprehensive introduction to the major research methods and types of data analysis used today, this text provides in-depth coverage of all facets of research, from the epistemology of quantitative and qualitative scientific inquiry to the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting of a completed study.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xxvii)
  • About the Authors (p. xxxi)
  • Part I Introduction (p. 1)
  • 1 The Nature of Educational Research (p. 2)
  • Contributions of Research to Knowledge about Education (p. 3)
  • Application of Research to Educational Practice (p. 10)
  • Epistemological Issues in Educational Research (p. 15)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research (p. 31)
  • A Definition of Research (p. 34)
  • Learning How to Do Educational Research (p. 36)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 37)
  • Part II Planning a Research Study (p. 39)
  • 2 The Research Process: From Proposal to Final Report (p. 40)
  • Introduction (p. 41)
  • Identifying a Research Problem (p. 41)
  • Preparing a Research Proposal (p. 49)
  • Conducting a Pilot Study (p. 56)
  • Using the Proposal in Writing the Dissertation (p. 56)
  • Preparing a Journal Article (p. 63)
  • Preparing a Paper for a Professional Meeting (p. 65)
  • Recommendations for Planning and Reporting Research (p. 66)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 67)
  • 3 Ethics and Site Relations in Educational Research (p. 68)
  • The Importance of Ethics and Site Relations in Educational Research (p. 68)
  • Typical Aspects of Educational Research That May Raise Ethical Concerns (p. 69)
  • Formal Regulation of Research Ethics (p. 76)
  • Institutional Review Boards' Role in Ensuring Research Ethics (p. 78)
  • Site Relations in Educational Research (p. 87)
  • Recommendations for Ensuring That a Research Study Is Ethical, Legal, and Harmonious (p. 92)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 93)
  • 4 Reviewing the Literature (p. 95)
  • Purposes of a Literature Review (p. 96)
  • Major Steps in a Literature Review (p. 98)
  • Searching Preliminary Sources (p. 99)
  • Using Secondary Sources (p. 107)
  • Reading Primary Sources (p. 110)
  • Synthesizing the Findings of Your Literature Review (p. 112)
  • Recommendations for Reviewing Research Literature (p. 121)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 121)
  • Part III Research Methods (p. 123)
  • 5 Statistical Techniques (p. 124)
  • The Use of Statistics in Educational Research (p. 125)
  • Types of Scores (p. 129)
  • Descriptive Statistics (p. 132)
  • Inferential Statistics (p. 137)
  • Supplements to Significance Tests (p. 146)
  • Psychometric Statistics (p. 150)
  • Problems in Statistical Analysis (p. 151)
  • Processing Statistical Data (p. 160)
  • Recommendations for Doing Statistical Analyses (p. 163)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 163)
  • 6 Selecting a Sample (p. 165)
  • Sampling Logic in Research (p. 166)
  • Sampling in Quantitative Research (p. 166)
  • Sampling in Qualitative Research (p. 177)
  • Volunteers in Research Samples (p. 186)
  • Recommendations for Selecting a Research Sample (p. 190)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 190)
  • 7 Collecting Research Data with Tests and Self-Report Measures (p. 192)
  • Use of Tests and Self-Report Measures in Educational Research (p. 193)
  • Characteristics of a Good Test in Research (p. 194)
  • Approaches to Measurement (p. 208)
  • Types of Tests and Self-Report Measures (p. 213)
  • Using Tests or Self-Report Measures in a Research Project (p. 222)
  • Recommendations for Using Tests and Self-Report Measures in Research (p. 225)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 225)
  • 8 Collecting Research Data with Questionnaires and Interviews (p. 227)
  • Questionnaires and Interviews as Data-Collection Methods (p. 228)
  • Steps in Constructing and Administering a Research Questionnaire (p. 230)
  • Steps in Preparing and Conducting Research Interviews (p. 243)
  • Recommendations for Using a Questionnaire or an Interview Guide to Collect Research Data (p. 259)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 260)
  • 9 Collecting Research Data through Observation and Content Analysis (p. 262)
  • Forms of Observation and Content Analysis (p. 263)
  • Reactive Observation in Quantitative Research (p. 264)
  • Reactive Observation in Qualitative Research (p. 275)
  • Nonreactive Observation in Quantitative Research (p. 284)
  • Nonreactive Observation in Qualitative Research (p. 286)
  • Content Analysis of Documents and Other Communication Media (p. 287)
  • Recommendations for Using Observational and Content-Analysis Methods (p. 294)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 295)
  • Part IV Quantitative Research Design (p. 297)
  • 10 Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Designs (p. 298)
  • Introduction (p. 299)
  • Descriptive Research Designs (p. 300)
  • Causal-Comparative Research Designs (p. 306)
  • Recommendations for Doing Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Research (p. 329)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 329)
  • 11 Nonexperimental Research: Correlational Designs (p. 331)
  • The Nature of Correlation (p. 332)
  • Planning a Causal Relationship Study (p. 337)
  • Planning a Prediction Study (p. 341)
  • Bivariate Correlational Statistics (p. 347)
  • Multivariate Correlational Statistics (p. 352)
  • Interpretation of Correlation Coefficients (p. 375)
  • Recommendations for Doing Correlational Research (p. 377)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 377)
  • 12 Experimental Research: Designs, Part 1 (p. 379)
  • Introduction (p. 379)
  • Internal Validity of Experiments (p. 383)
  • External Validity of Experiments (p. 388)
  • Issues in Designing Experiments (p. 394)
  • Single-Group Designs (p. 402)
  • Control-Group Designs with Random Assignment (p. 404)
  • Recommendations for Doing Experiments (p. 413)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 413)
  • 13 Experimental Research: Designs, Part 2 (p. 415)
  • Quasi-Experimental Designs (p. 416)
  • Factorial Designs (p. 418)
  • Other Experimental Designs (p. 437)
  • Measurement of Change (p. 438)
  • Recommendations for Doing Experiments (p. 443)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 443)
  • Part V Approaches to Qualitative Research (p. 445)
  • 14 Case Study Research (p. 446)
  • Importance of Case Study in Qualitative Research (p. 447)
  • Designing a Case Study (p. 453)
  • Collecting Case Study Data (p. 460)
  • Analyzing Case Study Data (p. 465)
  • Ensuring the Quality and Rigor of Qualitative Research (p. 473)
  • Determining the Applicability of Case Study Findings (p. 477)
  • Reporting a Case Study (p. 478)
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Case Study Research (p. 484)
  • Recommendations for Doing Case Studies (p. 485)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 486)
  • 15 Qualitative Research Traditions (p. 488)
  • Qualitative Research Traditions in Educational Research (p. 489)
  • Traditions Involving Investigation of Lived Experience (p. 492)
  • Traditions Involving Investigation of Society and Culture (p. 500)
  • Traditions Involving Investigation of Language and Communication (p. 519)
  • Recommendations for Designing a Study Based on a Qualitative Research Tradition (p. 526)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 526)
  • 16 Historical Research (p. 528)
  • Importance of Historical Research in Education (p. 529)
  • Historiography and the Stages of Historical Research (p. 533)
  • Defining a Problem for Historical Research (p. 534)
  • Studying Historical Sources (p. 536)
  • Recording Information from Historical Sources (p. 539)
  • Evaluation of Historical Sources (p. 540)
  • Interpretation in Historical Research (p. 543)
  • Writing a Historical Research Report (p. 548)
  • Examples of Historical Research in Education (p. 549)
  • Recommendations for Doing Historical Research (p. 554)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 554)
  • Part VI Applications of Research (p. 557)
  • 17 Evaluation Research (p. 558)
  • The Role of Evaluation in Education (p. 559)
  • Steps in Program Evaluation (p. 560)
  • Criteria for Effective Evaluation Research (p. 569)
  • Quantitative Approaches to Evaluation (p. 573)
  • Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation (p. 580)
  • Educational Research and Development (p. 589)
  • Recommendations for Doing an Evaluation Research Study or an R&D Evaluation (p. 594)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 595)
  • 18 Action Research (p. 597)
  • Characteristics of Action Research (p. 597)
  • Cyclical Nature of Action Research (p. 600)
  • Stages of Action Research (p. 606)
  • Credibility and Trustworthiness of Action Research (p. 609)
  • Reducing Discrepancies between Practitioners' Espoused Theories and Theories-in-Action (p. 612)
  • Ethical Issues in Action Research (p. 613)
  • Recommendations for Doing Action Research (p. 614)
  • Self-Check Test (p. 614)
  • Self-Check Test Answers (p. 616)
  • Appendix A Questions for Evaluating Quantitative Research Reports (p. 618)
  • Appendix B Questions for Evaluating Qualitative Research Reports (p. 622)
  • Appendix C Preliminary and Secondary Sources: Tests and Self-Report Measures (p. 626)
  • Appendix D Preliminary and Secondary Sources on the History of Education (p. 629)
  • Glossary (p. 632)
  • Author Index (p. 659)
  • Subject Index (p. 666)

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