1st Edition

Perspectives in Contemporary STEM Education Research Research Methodology and Design

Edited By Thomas Delahunty, Máire Ní Ríordáin Copyright 2023
    216 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents an overview of the methodological innovations and developments present in the field of STEM education research as well as providing a practically orientated resource on research method design more broadly.

    Featuring a range of international contributors in the field, the book provides a compendium of exemplary innovative methodological designs, implementations, and analyses that answer a variety of research questions relating to STEM education disciplines. Charting the thinking behind the design and implementation of successful research investigations, the book’s two parts present an accessible and pragmatically framed set of chapters that cover a range of important methodological areas presented by active researchers in the field. Ultimately, this book presents a comprehensive resource that explores the act of educational research as related to STEM.

    By showcasing key methodological principles with guidance on practical approaches underpinned by theory, the book offers scholarly research-informed suggestions for practice. It will be of great interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of STEM education and education research methods, as well as educational research more broadly.

    i. Foreword by Professor Merrilyn Goos, Professor of STEM Education

    0. Introduction by Editors – Thomas Delahunty and Máire Ní Ríordáin

    Part I – Perspectives on Research in STEM Education

    1. The Philosophy of Educational Research in STEM by Ian Cantley

    2. Defining STEM Education Research: Tensions and Opportunities by Marc J. de Vries

    3. STEM Education Research as 'Designerly' by Richard Kimbell

    4. The Learning Sciences as a Mindset for STEM Education Research by Thomas Delahunty

    Part II – Designing and Approaching Investigations in STEM Education

    5. Case Study Approaches by Laura Tagnin and Máire Ní Ríordáin

    6. Large-scale Quantitative Studies by Laura M. O’ Dwyer and Clara Shim

    7. Conducting Video Studies by Eilís Flanagan

    8. Design-Based Research by Paul Flynn, Martin McHugh, Veronica McCauley, and Tony Hall

    9. Conversation Analysis by Jenni Ingram

    10. Multicomponent and Cognitive Interviewing by Liam Guilfoyle

    11. Questionnaire Design and Implementation by Mark Prendergast and Niamh O’ Meara

    12. Lesson Study by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

    13. Action Research by Brenda M. Capobianco

    14. Grounded Theory by Andrew Doyle

    15. Ethnographic Approaches in STEM by Grace Panther

    16. Approaches to Policy Analysis by Raymond Lynch

    17. Evaluation as a Research Approach by Linda Hobbs and Genée Marks

    18. Conclusions and Future Directions in STEM Education Research Approaches by Máire Ní Ríordáin and Thomas Delahunty


    Thomas Delahunty is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Maynooth University, Ireland.

    Máire Ní Ríordáin is a Senior Lecturer in Education at University College Cork, Ireland.