How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education

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9780073657288: How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education

This thorough, step-by-step text provides a comprehensive introduction to educational research. Here is complete coverage of each step of the research process and thorough coverage of the most widely-used research methodologies. Step-by-step analysis of real research articles is included. End-of-chapter worksheets, comprehensive coverage of data analysis, and how to prepare research proposals and reports make it appropriate both for courses that focus on doing research and for those that stress how to read and understand research. To keep students engaged, the authors’ writing is simple and direct. The presentations have been enhanced with clarifying examples, summarizing charts, tables and diagrams, and a friendly two-color design. This is the only copiously illustrated text about educational research available. In the new fourth edition a new chapter on single-subject research has been added. Much new information has been added to the discussion of Qualitative Research which has doubled in size to two chapters. New examples of unethical practices have been added to Chapter 3. New sections have been developed for chaos theory, statistical power, and latent variable structural modeling. The reviewing literature chapter (Chapter 5) now emphasizes computer and Internet rather than manual searches. There are all new examples of each methodology with critiques of these new examples. One hundred new illustrations have been added throughout the text. Other changes for the fourth edition include: calculations from Chapter 10 on Descriptive Statistics have been relocated to the Appendix; new material on parametric techniques for categorical data has been added to Chapter 11, and new case studies have been added including, in Chapter 20—Pupil occupancy time in classroom settings across cultures. Free PowerPoint Electronic Slides are available for free download from the Fraenkel fourth edition Web site.

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Clarity of Presentation. The authors have taken great care not to overwhelm and frighten students with dry, abstract discussions. More than any other text they have laced their presentations with clarifying examples and summarizing charts, tables and diagrams. A simple, direct writing style and a two color design add to the text's appeal.
Qualitative Research. The text has been reorganized to include two parts focused on qualitative research for a total of 5 chapters (Part V: Introduction to Qualitative Research and Part VI: Qualitative Methodologies). A discussion of qualitative methods is also integrated throughout the text as appropriate.
Action Research. Doing Research in Schools has been expanded into a new chapter entitled Action Research (Ch. 23). This chapter provides an introduction to Action Research and is full of 'real life' examples of how action research questions are developed.
Research Reports. New annotated research reports have been added to accompany the new qualitative methods chapters.
Features. Two new features have been added: Controversies in Research (examines controversial topics in research) and Research Tips (provides guidelines and tips for doing research). The popular More About Research feature has been expanded.
Interactive and Applied Learning. This feature located at the start of each chapter lists the student resources and activities available on the Online Learning Center, Interactive CD-Rom or Workbook for that chapter. A feature at the end of the chapter lists chapter review resources located on the Online Learning Center or Interactive CD-Rom.
Student Supplements. Packaged for free with each new copy of the text are an Interactive Student CD-Rom (with quizzes, audio clips explaining important concepts, interactive activities, a statistics program, a statistics primer, electronic forms and additional resources) and a Student Workbook (with practice activities designed to help student understanding of difficult concepts and full-sized versions of the Problem Sheets). In addition, an Online Learning Center (with an online student study guide) is available.
Comprehensive Coverage. The text provides thorough discussion of educational research including an introduction to research, the basics of educational research, data analysis, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, action research and preparing research proposals and reports.
Pedagogy. The text's strong pedagogical structure has been expanded to provide more student support. Pedagogical features includes a chapter-opening illustration that visual represents content to follow, a graphic organizer, objectives, a chapter-opening example/vignettes related to chapter content, a detailed summary, Key Terms, For Discussion, Research Exercises, and Problem Sheets. Numerous tables, figures and illustrations expand and clarify concepts throughout the chapters. Features include More About Research, Controversies in Research and Research Tips.
Annotated Research Reports. Each of the methodology chapters in Parts IV-VI concludes with a published research study that illustrates that particular research method. The strengths and weaknesses of these studies are then thoroughly discussed and critiqued by the authors.
Application Exercises and Problem Sheets. Chapters 1-13 contain end-of-chapter Research Exercises and Problem Sheets that enable students to apply the information presented to a research project of their own choosing.
Visual Appeal. Throughout the text, numerous illustrations of key ideas and concepts help students learn how to design and evaluate research in education. An engaging new 2-color design makes it the most attractive educational research text on the market.
The Most Student-Friendly Educational Research Text. The text's clarity of presentation, pedagogy, annotated research reports, application exercises and problem sheets, visual appeal and wealth of student supplements make How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education the most student-accessible educational research text on the market.

About the Author:

Jack R. Fraenkel is currently Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Director of the Research and Development Center, School of Education, San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has taught courses in research methodology for more than twenty years. His current work centers around advising and assisting faculty and students in the generation and development of research endeavors.

Norman E. Wallen is Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education at San Francisco State University, where he taught from 1966 to 1992. An experienced researcher, he received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and taught courses in statistics and research design to master’s and doctoral students for many years. His current work focuses on strategies for the recruitment and retention of at-risk students.

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