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Generalizing from Educational Research

Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization

Edited by Kadriye Ercikan, Wolff-Michael Roth

Routledge – 2009 – 310 pages

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Description

"This book frames the major challenge facing educational researchers as one of going beyond the mindless qualitative-quantitative divide and addressing the overarching/fundamental challenge of enriching and enlarging educational inquiry. It is a signature contribution to the field." - Clifton F. Conrad, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Tackling one of the most critical issues in education research today - how research methods are related to value and meaningfulness - this frontline volume achieves two purposes. First, it presents an integrated approach to educational inquiry that works toward a continuum instead of a dichotomy of generalizability, and looks at how this continuum might be related to types of research questions asked and how these questions should determine modes of inquiry. Second, it discusses and demonstrates the contributions of different data types and modes of research to generalizability of research findings, and to limitations of research findings that utilize a single approach.

International leaders in the field take the discussion of generalizing in education research to a level where claims are supported using multiple types of evidence. The volume pushes the field in a different direction, where the focus is on creating meaningful research findings that are not polarized by qualitative versus quantitative methodologies. The integrative approach allows readers to better understand possibilities and shortcomings of different types of research.

Author Bio

Kadriye Ercikan is Associate Professor of measurement and research methods in the department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education, at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Wolff-Michael Roth is Lansdowne Professor of Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Victoria.

Name: Generalizing from Educational Research: Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Polarization (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Kadriye Ercikan, Wolff-Michael Roth. "This book frames the major challenge facing educational researchers as one of going beyond the mindless qualitative-quantitative divide and addressing the overarching/fundamental challenge of enriching and enlarging educational inquiry. It is a...
Categories: Educational Research, Education Studies, Research Methods in Education, Education Policy