Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications eBook, 12th Edition

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Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications eBook, 12th Edition

By Geoffrey E. Mills, L. R. Gay
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For introduction to research methods/educational research courses.

Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications uses engaging, straightforward language to introduce students to the information and skills required to successfully conduct research and to competently evaluate research. Long known for their clear and at times humorous writing, the authors are accessible and thoughtful guides for readers who are being introduced for the first time to a field that many of them might find initially intimidating. The text provides a total instructional system that lays out clear learning targets and then supports students as they practice and develop expertise in both doing and reading research.

The 12th Edition includes a new, separate chapter on ethics, expands its coverage of single-subject research, covers the latest digital strategies and tools for doing research, and introduces students to the open source statistics software R.

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  • Opportunities to read and evaluate published research. Full-length articles are included at the ends of all chapters presenting research designs. Annotations scaffold students as they learn to read, understand, and evaluate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.
  • Step-by-step guidance on developing a research proposal. End-of-chapter tasks guide readers through the process of selecting a topic, deciding on how to research that topic, gathering and analysing data, and writing up their results.
  • Support for writing. Write Like a Researcher features encourage new researchers to start writing early in the research process and provide practical guidance to help them write effectively.
  • Technology tools and applications. Digital Research Tools features introduce technology tools researchers can use to make the process of doing research more efficient and effective.
  • A new chapter dedicated to ethics in educational research (Chapter 2) provides ethics guidelines for conducting research in a variety of settings, including classrooms and schools.
  • Includes the latest technology-based strategies and online tools. For example, Chapter 4 offers new coverage of using technology to do literature reviews, including an expanded Digital Research Tools feature that covers annotation, brainstorming, citation management, organisation, and writing management.
  • A significantly revised discussion of selecting measuring instruments in Chapter 7 provides up-to-date information on choosing measuring instruments—especially as it relates to the use of personality and affective tests in schools.
  • The chapter on single-subject research has been thoroughly revised and expanded. Changes include new examples and guidelines that make the coverage more concrete and practical.
  • Chapters 18 and 19 on descriptive and inferential statistics have been updated, and include a new user-friendly introduction to the open-source statistical software, R.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to Educational Research
  • 2. Ethics in Educational Research
  • 3. Selecting and Defining a Research Problem
  • 4. Reviewing the Literature
  • 5. Preparing and Evaluating a Research Plan
  • 6. Selecting a Sample
  • 7. Selecting Measuring Instruments
  • 8. Survey Research
  • 9. Correlational Research
  • 10. Causal-Comparative Research
  • 11. Experimental Research
  • 12. Single-Subject Experimental Research
  • 13. Narrative Research
  • 14. Ethnographic Research
  • 15. Case Study Research
  • 16. Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • 17. Action Research
  • 18. Descriptive Statistics
  • 19. Inferential Statistics
  • 20. Qualitative Data Collection
  • 21. Qualitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • 22. Preparing a Research Report
  • 23. Evaluating a Research Report