1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education Lesson Plans and Advice from Faculty

    338 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education brings together more than 60 faculty experts. The contributors share detailed lesson plans about selected research concepts or skills in education and related disciplines, as well as discussions of the intellectual preparation needed to effectively teach the lesson.

    Grounded in the wisdom of practice from exemplary and award-winning faculty from diverse institution types, career stages, and demographic backgrounds, this book draws on both the practical and cognitive elements of teaching educational (and related) research to students in higher education today. The book is divided into eight sections, covering the following key elements within education (and related) research: problems and research questions, literature reviews and theoretical frameworks, research design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, findings and discussions, and special topics, such as student identity development, community and policy engaged research, and research dissemination. Within each section, individual chapters specifically focus on skills and perspectives needed to navigate the complexities of educational research. The concluding chapter reflects on how teachers of research also need to be learners of research, as faculty continuously strive for mastery, identity, and creativity in how they guide our next generation of knowledge producers through the research process.

    Undergraduate and graduate professors of education (and related) research courses, dissertation chairs/committee members, faculty development staff members, and graduate students would all benefit from the lessons and expert commentary contained in this book.

    Catherine Hill

    Aimee LaPointe Terosky

    Section I: Topics, Problems, and Research Questions
    Section Editor: Katie Conway

    1. Introduction to Section I: Research Topics, Problems, and Questions
    Katie Conway

    2. From Personal Passion to Hot Topics: Selecting a Topic to Research
    Sosanya Jones

    3. Articulating a Research Problem and its Rationale: Using Graphical Depictions, Exemplars, and Students’ Own Work
    Rebecca S. Natow

    4. Branch out: Using Tree Diagrams to Select and Develop Research Questions
    Vikash Reddy

    Section II: Literature Review and Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
    Section Editor: Leslie D. Gonzales

    5. Introduction to Section II: Literature Review and Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
    Leslie D. Gonzales

    6. Connecting Pieces to the Puzzle: Finding and Maintaining Resources
    Christa J. Porter & Janice A. Byrd

    7. The Candy Sort: Organizing the Literature Review
    Aimee LaPointe Terosky

    8. Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks: Understanding the Role of Theory in Congruent Qualitative Research
    Penny Pasque & Chelsea Gilbert

    Section III: Research Design
    Section Editor: Jeffrey C. Sun & Ishwanzya Rivers

    9. Introduction to Section III: Research Design
    Jeffrey C. Sun & Ishwanzya Rivers

    10. Visualize Your Research Design: Moving from Research Questions to Research Design
    Ishwanzya Rivers & Jeffrey C. Sun

    11. Let’s Road Trip: Aligning Theoretical Frameworks, Research Questions & Research Design
    Aurora Kamimura

    12. The Self and Research: Positionality through Artifacts
    Beth E. Bukoski

    13. Trustworthiness and Ethics in Research: Using Reflexivity to See the Self in Ethical Research
    G. Blue Brazelton & Ijeoma Ononuju

    Section IV: Quantitative Methods
    Section Editor: Willis Jones

    14. Introduction to Section IV: Quantitative Methods
    Willis Jones

    15. Making Sense of Multivariate Analysis: Real World Applications
    Courtney S. Thomas Tobin

    16. Linear regression: A Student-driven Application of Team-based Learning
    Amber D. Dumford

    17. Hands-on Application of Exploratory Factor Analysis in Educational Research
    Soyeon Ahn & Beck Graefe

    18. Trending Topic: Teaching Difference-in-differences in a Quasi-experimental Methods Course
    R. Joseph Waddington

    Section V: Qualitative Methods
    Section Editor: David Pérez

    19. Introduction to Section V: Qualitative Methods
    David Pérez II

    20. Listening Deeply: Preparing to Facilitate Interviews and Focus Groups
    Tricia R. Shalka

    21. Write What You See, Not What You Know: Learning the Method of Observation Through the Visual Arts
    A. Emiko Blalock

    22. On the Recovery of Black Life: A Holistic Approach to Document Analysis
    Wilson Kwamogi Okello

    23. Emerging approaches: Ensuring a Pyramid of Congruence when using Critical and Poststructural Theories in Qualitative Educational Research
    Antonio Duran, & Alex C. Lange

    24. Exploring How Epistemologies Guide the Process of Coding Data and Developing Themes
    Kari Taylor

    Section VI: Mixed Methods
    Section Editor: Chris Heasley

    25. Introduction to Section VI: Mixed Methods
    Chris Heasley

    26. Low Hanging Fruit, Ripe for Inquiry: Considering the Quantitative Dimensions of Mixed Methods Research
    Kayla M. Johnson & Frank Fernandez

    27. Creating your Masterpiece: Applying Brush Strokes to Qualitative Exploration of Mixed Methods Research
    Chris Heasley

    28. Presenting and Visualizing a Mixed Methods Study
    Hugo Garcia & Xinyang Li

    Section VII: Findings and Discussion
    Section Editor: Erin Doran

    29. Introduction to Section VII: Findings and Discussion
    Erin Doran

    30. An Introduction to Regression using Critical Quantitative Methods
    Terrace Ewinghill, Adam Lazarewicz, Cindy Meza, Brent Gambrell, Diana Guerrero & Jameson Lopez

    31. Show the Story: Presenting Qualitative Findings
    Meghan J. Pifer

    32. Block by Block: Building a Discussion Section
    Maire Brandenberg, Tamara Hoffer, McKenzie Rabenn & Cheryl Hunter

    33. Making the Theoretical Practical: Implications for Theory
    James C. Coviello

    34. The Donut Memo: Writing for Policymakers and Practitioners
    Christopher R. Marsicano & Rylie Martin, Ann F. Bernhardt & Emilia G. Rounds

    Section VIII: Special Topics
    Section Editor: Vicki Baker

    35. Introduction to Section VIII: Special Topics
    Vicki Baker

    36. Scholarly Identity Development of Undergraduate Researchers: A Lesson Plan for Professional Development
    Vicki Baker & Vanessa McCaffrey

    37. Developing Students’ Cultural Competence through Video Interviews
    Laura Lunsford & Jutta Street

    38. Preparing Students for Community-engaged Scholarship: A Lesson Plan for Collaborative Inquiry Grounded in Awareness of Self and Other
    Gene Corbin, Vialla Hartfield-Méndez & Elaine Ward

    39. Teaching Policy Implications: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?
    Jason E. Lane

    40. Introducing Scholars to Public Writing
    Erin A. Hennessy

    Closing Words: Helping Students to Learn Research and Become Researchers
    Anna Neumann and Aaron Pallas


    Aimee LaPointe Terosky is Professor of Educational Leadership, Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Educational Leadership program, and university liaison to School District of Philadelphia at Saint Joseph's University, USA. Her expertise in K-12 and Higher Education is in  teaching/learning, urban principal and faculty careers, and qualitative research.

    Vicki L. Baker is the E. Maynard Aris Endowed Professor in Economics and Management at Albion College, USA. She currently serves as the faculty director of the Albion College Community Collaborative. Her most recent book is Managing Your Academic Career: A Guide to Re-Envision Mid-Career (Routledge 2022).

    Jeffrey C. Sun is professor of higher education and law and distinguished university scholar at the University of Louisville. Dr. Sun’s research examines the extent to which policy instruments, other legal actions, and innovative interventions advance or inhibit academic operations through college teaching, learning, and knowledge creation.

    A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education: Lesson Plans and Advice from Faculty is an example of university faculty identifying and resolving a problem found in their practice of teaching. The book offers a wealth of pedagogical lessons that connect the concepts, processes, and tools of research methodology to student backgrounds and needs to enhance understanding and success. Every teacher of research methods will benefit from this professional development." -- Jill A. Perry, PhD (​she/her/hers), Associate Professor of Practice, Dept of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh, USA

    "A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education: Lesson Plans and Advice from Faculty is an essential contribution to the toolkit of education faculty. This volume spans qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, and provides faculty with expert advice and plans to engage students. From the classroom novice to seasoned faculty, A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education: Lesson Plans and Advice from Faculty is a welcome addition to the library of educators invested in instructing students embarking on their research journeys." -- Richard J. Reddick, Senior Vice Provost for Curriculum and Enrollment, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

    "As someone who has extensively studied effective teaching across research universities and community colleges, I believe this book serves as an exemplary resource for any faculty member who has struggled with how to get across complex ideas to novice and aspiring researchers. The unique combination of providing a lesson plan that instructors can pick up and immediately use with the discussion of the intellectual journey of developing the lesson is exactly what we need to improve teaching and learning in higher education research classes, dissertations, and research projects." -- Audrey J. Jaeger, Executive Director, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education, USA

    "A Practical Guide to Teaching Research Methods in Education: Lesson Plans and Advice from Faculty is bound to be a seminal resource for faculty and students alike. The book goes step-by-step through the research process. It starts with when students are working on getting clear about the problem they are researching and works its way to when scholars are identifying the implications of their findings for research, practice, and policy. The inclusion of lesson plans will provide faculty with an incredible resource as they teach and guide their students through the research process. This is the type of book that one can use during a course and subsequently return to again and again as a resource." -- Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Co-PI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant, USA

    "Over a 40-year faculty career, I co-learned with my students, especially those students designing, conducting, and completing their dissertation research. This book, written with insight into the teaching of the research process, provides faculty with support for co-learning, particularly the importance of knowing one's own research perspective and the importance of understanding student goals and passions for creating new knowledge. The theoretical and practical examples provided in this book are invaluable to all involved in the research process." -- Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Professor Emerita, Higher Education and Ethics, Arizona State University, USA; Past President, Association for the Study of Higher Education