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Educational Research: A Practical Approach (Teaching Methods)
Synopses & Reviews
This book provides relevant, practical and clear exercises in applying the various concepts and techniques that are usually taught in research courses at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels.
This referenc is ideal for anyone involved in professional or academic research.
About the Author
Gail J. Gerlach has 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary level. She received her EdD in Educational Psychology and Child Development from Temple University and her Professional Diploma from the Teacher's College of Columbia University. She is currently a Professor of Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. George R. Bieger has over fifteen years of teaching experience at the university level. A noted presenter and former elementary school teacher, Dr. Bieger received his PhD in Educational Psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is currently the Coordinator of the doctoral program in Elementary Education, Department of Professional Studies in Education, College of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Research is and What is is Not: Critically Analyzing Research Studies. Designing Research Studies. Identifying Research Problems. Problem Statements. Variables. Selecting a Research Approach. Nature of the Data. Types of Research Questions. Competencies. Research Designs. Research Design Symbols. Pre-Experimental Designs. True Experimental Designs. Threats to Internal and External Validity. Internal Validity. Potential Threats to Internal Validity.Sampling Procedures. Types of Sampling. Random Samples. Stratified Samples. Cluster Samples.Choosing Statistical Techniques. Type of Research Question. Descriptive Statistics. Correlational Stats. Interpreting Research Results. Reporting the Results. Text. Graphics and Tables. The Null Hypothesis. The Research Report. Parts of the Research Report: Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Appendices. Ethical Considerations. Research Involving Human Subjects. Privacy. Confidentaility.
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