Researchers in education are interested in the study of learners, teachers, professional support staff, parents and other participants in schools and other educational institutions. To be effective, research needs to be carried out in a systematic way and should contribute to what is known. If you are interested in education research and want to learn how to become an effective researcher, then this step-by-step guide is for you. For many students the first research project is the most daunting but this book will help ensure its success.
Beginning Research is a practical toolkit of resources that will enable students to plan, conduct and follow up research effectively. It contains information on the range of methods available to researchers and introduces some of the key concepts associated with education research and the theoretical background against which it currently takes place. Designed for anyone working in an education setting, by reading through each chapter and completing the associated tasks you will be able to work through each stage of the research process.
This book is essential reading for students on all education courses who are engaging in research for the first time. It is particularly suitable for foundation degree students, as it acknowledges the constraints placed upon researchers who are also working and offers practical advice for managing the demands of employment, study and carrying out research.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: What is Research and Why Should We Do It? 2. Ethical Issues in Research 3. Your Personal Research: Framing Your Research 4. Before Research: Using the Literature and Other Sources 5. Looking at Research: Questionnaires 6. Doing Research: A Practical Guide to Questionnaire Design 7. Looking at Research: Observations 8. Doing Research: Managing Observations 9. Looking at Research: Interviews 10. Doing Research: Successful Interviewing 11. Analysing Research 12. Presenting Research Findings: Putting it all Together
Michelle Lowe is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Education Policy Research at Staffordshire University, UK.
'In Beginning Research the author has succeeded in her mission to provide a practical resource which demystifies the research process and puts the tools of research firmly in the hands of the practitioner. Highly recommended.' - Early Years Update
'An extremely useful and practical book for foundation degree students. Highly recommended.' - Dr Les Garner, University of Greenwich, UK