Beginner's Guide to Doing Your Education Research Projectby Mike Lambert SAGE Publications Ltd
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- Pbk 248 pages
- AU$67.00 NZ$69.57
SAGE Student Price: AU$56.00
Alexander Miesen, student, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
In this basic guide, step-by-step advice is presented in a clear way and chapters take the reader through the entire process, from planning and doing research, to writing it up. Each stage is covered, with detailed help on choosing a topic, drawing up research questions, doing the literature review, choosing and designing research methods, the ethics of doing research, analyzing data, and collating and presenting findings.
Features in the text include:
- explanations of key research terms
- activities (with answers)
- progress sheets
- case studies
This is an ideal text for undergraduate students undertaking their first ever research project, postgraduates pursuing Masters awards and teachers carrying out action research.
Research: Important or Just Interesting?
Research and You
Education: A Research-Based Profession?
Why This Book?
Structures and Contents
Time to Start
PART ONE: LEARNING ABOUT RESEARCH
Research, 'Paradigms' and Ethics
The Process of Doing Research
Learning from Other Research
PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH
Choosing Your Topic
Choosing Your Methods
Designing Research Instruments
Validity, Reliability and Ethical Approval
Carrying Out Your Investigation
PART THREE: ANALYZING AND WRITING UP
Analyzing Data and Producing Your Findings
Writing Up Your Project
APPENDIX 1: PROJECT SHEETS
APPENDIX 2: ACTIVITY ANSWERS
APPENDIX 3: GLOSSARY
'It is like having the best mentor, friend and University or College professor hold your hand through the scariest of assignments, helping to demystify the whole process and make it 'doable' and understandable'Early Years Educator
'Mike Lambert's Beginner's Guide is an excellent, user-friendly and overwhelmingly supportive book for anyone who has had the experience of living in the lonely space between interesting intentions (often passionate and personal) for research into their own education practice and the alientating discourse of research paradigms'-Julian Mcdougall, Media Education Research Journal (MERJ)
'If your task in life is to write an education research project, it would be hard to imagine a more valuable helpmate than this book by Mike Lambert … I cannot recommend [it] too highly'-Education Today, Anthony Seldon
'A thorough, practical resource for individuals who will be planning and carrying out research for the first time. It is an invaluable resource for undergraduate students, their teachers, or educational professionals who are starting to do research. It systematically leads the reader through the steps involved in the process of performing education research. As such, it makes a valuable contribution toward the formation of education researchers. Helping students to enter the realm of research is a necessary step toward improved practice and professionalism in the field of education. This book can help achieve this goal' -Billaterra Journal of Teaching and Learning Language and Literature
'Students can sometimes struggle with doing this part of their course and it can be quite intimidating. In this book all aspects of doing a research project are covered by simple explanations and helpful suggestions'Conductive Education Information (www.gillian-maguire.info)