Understanding Research

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"The structure of the book is great.  The clear learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter is helpful and the graphics throughout and the connections between them add consistency and further add to understanding for the students.  I like the checking in on learning in the middle of the text and the little sidebars that help them apply their learning...I[The authors use] language that helps the reader become engaged and invites them to start applying what they have learned to their situation immediately.  The examples of the journal articles with the notations is very helpful and we use these for discussion in the class quite a bit... The charts are very helpful for visual learners especially.  I also like the reviewing  we’ve learned and practicing your skills at the end of the chapter.  I much prefer the consumer approach of this text over others on the market." -- Candyce Reynolds, Portland State University

 

 

"We adopted this text because all of the manuscripts used as examples are from the field of education.  Therefore, as students learn about the research construct being taught, they are better able to understand how the research construct works within educational contexts." -- Colleen Swain, University of Florida

 

"Understanding Research is true to its name; it is much more user friendly, it explains WHAT research IS.  It does an EXCELLENT job of covering all of the material I currently cover.  I am not a huge fan of qualitative research, but you (fortunately) force me to provide a balanced, comparative description of both kinds of research...  I find the writing style to be clear, interesting and engaging. "  -- Carol A. Friesen, Ball State University

 

 

About the Author:

Vicki L. Plano Clark (Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln) is an Assistant Professor in Educational Studies in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches research methods courses, including foundations of research, qualitative research, and mixed methods research. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, she spent 19 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where she first focused on physics education as Laboratory Manager in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and then switched to a focus on research methodology, utimately serving as the Director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Plano Clark has authored and co-authored over 40 articles, chapters, and books.

 

John W. Creswell (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Professor Chair for five years, and for the last five years he has served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research.  He has held positions as Senior Fulbright Scholar (South Africa, 2008, and Thailand, 2012), as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration, as Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health, and as Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, among others.  In addition to his teaching, he has authored numerous articles and books on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design, and was the founding Co-Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.  In 2014, Dr. Creswell will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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