Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research

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About the Book

Published for the American Educational Research Association by Routledge.

The Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research is a successor volume to AERA's earlier and highly acclaimed editions of Complementary Methods for Research in Education. More than any book to date (including its predecessors), this new volume brings together the wide range of research methods used to study education and makes the logic of inquiry for each method clear and accessible. Each method is described in detail, including its history, its research design, the questions that it addresses, ways of using the method, and ways of analyzing and reporting outcomes. Key features of this indispensable book include the following:

Foundations Section-Part I is unique among research books. Its three chapters examine common philosophical, epistemological, and ethical issues facing researchers from all traditions, and frames ways of understanding the similarities and differences among traditions. Together they provide a tripartite lens through which to view and compare all research methods.

Comprehensive Coverage-Part II (the heart of the book) presents 35 chapters on research design and analysis. Each chapter includes a brief historical overview of the research tradition, examines the questions that it addresses, and presents an example of how the approach can be used.

Programs of Research-Part III examines how research programs connected to eight specific lines of inquiry have evolved over time. These chapters examine phenomena such as classroom interaction; language research; issues of race, culture, and difference; policy analysis; program evaluation; student learning; and teacher education.

Complementary Methods-As the title suggests, a central mission of this book is to explore the compatibility of different research methods. Which methods can be productively brought together and for what purposes? How and on what scale can they be made compatible and what phenomena are they best suited to explore?

Flexibility-The chapters in Parts II and III are largely independent. Therefore, selected portions of the book can be used in courses devoted to specific research methods and perspectives or to particular areas of education. Likewise, established researchers interested in acquiring new techniques or greater expertise in a given methodology will find this an indispensable reference volume.

This handbook is appropriate for any of the following audiences: faculty teaching and graduate students studying education research, education researchers and other scholars seeking an accessible overview of state-of-the-art knowledge about specific methods, policy analysts and other professionals needing to better understand research methods, and academic and research libraries serving these audiences.


'The book is an excellent resource for introducing students and faculty to the diversity of research methods that are available for exploring and investigating educational phenomena….a prize for new researchers and seasoned individuals who are already conducting research in the noted areas of the text because it validates existing tools and methods.' —PsycCRITIQUES

Table of Contents

Contents: L.A. Shepard, Preface. J.L. Green, G. Camilli, P.B. Elmore, Introduction to the Handbook: What's Complementary About Complementary Methods. A. Skukauskaite, E. Grace, On Reading and Using the Volume: Notes to Students. Part I: Foundations. E. Bredo, Philosophies of Educational Research. G.J. Kelly, Epistemology and Educational Research. K.A. Strike, The Ethics of Educational Research. Part II: Introduction to Design & Analysis. C. Bazerman, Analyzing the Multidimensionality of Texts in Education. T. Barone, Arts-Based Educational Research. R.K. Yin, Case Study Methods. K.M. Borman, C. Clarke, B. Cotner, R. Lee, Cross-Case Analysis. A.C. Porter, Curriculum Assessment. K.H. Kim, P.M. Bentler, Data Modeling: Structural Equation Modeling. F. Erickson, Definition and Analysis of Data From Videotape: Some Research Procedures and Their Rationales. A.H. Schoenfeld, Design Experiments. H-Z. Ho, S.L. O'Farrell, S. Hong, S. You, Developmental Research: Theory, Method, Design, and Statistical Analysis. D. Bloome, C. Clark, Discourse-In-Use. H. Braun, Empirical Bayes. J.P. Shaffer, Estimation. K.M. Anderson-Levitt, Ethnography. J. Nespor, Finding Patters With Field Notes. R.J. Shavelson, N.M. Webb, Generalizability Theory. J.L. Rury, Historical Research in Education. A. Henry, Historical Studies: Groups/Institutions. M.E. Brenner, Interviewing in Educational Research. L. Crocker, Introduction to Measurement Theory. S. Embretson, X. Yang, Item Response Theory. D.M. Harrison, S.W. Raudenbush, Linear Regression and Hierarchical Linear Models. G.V. Glass, Meta-Analysis: The Quantitative Synthesis of Research Findings. C.A. Chinn, The Microgenetic Method: Current Work and Extensions to Classroom Research. M.L. Smith, Multiple Methodology in Education Research. F.M. Connelly, D.J. Clandinin, Narrative Inquiry. N.C. Burbules, B.R. Warnick, Philosophical Inquiry. M. Cochran-Smith, K. Donnell, Practitioner Inquiry: Blurring the Boundaries of Research and Practice. J.R. Levin, Probability and Hypothesis Testing. W.R. Shadish, J.K. Luellen, Quasi-Experimental Design. T.D. Cook, V. Sinha, Randomized Experiments in Educational Research. M. Eisenhart, Representing Qualitative Data. B. Thompson, Research Synthesis: Effect Sizes. H. Wainer, P.F. Velleman, Statistical Graphics: A Guidepost for Scientific Discovery. M. Berends, Survey Methods in Educational Research. J. Chromy, Survey Sampling. Part III: Programs of Research. C. Genishi, T. Glupczynski, Language and Literacy Research: Multiple Methods and Perspectives. L.M. McNeil, E.M. Coppola, Official and Unofficial Stories: Getting at the Impact of Policy on Educational Practice. M.E. Goertz, Policy Analysis: Studying Policy Implementation. S. Kushner, C. Adelman, Program Evaluation: A Democratic Practice. L.A. Rex, S.C. Steadman, M.K. Graciano, Researching the Complexity of Classroom Interaction. J.A. Banks, Researching Race, Culture, and Difference: Epistemological Challenges and Possibilities. J.G. Greeno, Theoretical and Practical Advances Through Research on Learning. S. Noffke, K. Zeichner, Programs of Research in Teacher Education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research