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A Guide to Practitioner Research in Education



March 2011 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.

The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.

This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University

of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner

researchers in education.

 
PART ONE: WHAT IS RESEARCH AND WHY DO IT?
 
What Is Research?
 
Why Do Practitioner Research?
 
PART TWO: WHAT DO WE WANT TO KNOW?
 
What Is a Research Question?
 
Getting It Right! Values and the Ethical Dimensions of Practitioner Research
 
PART THREE: WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY AND WHERE DO WE FIND IT?
 
What Do We Know Already?
 
How Do I Do a Literature Review?
 
PART FOUR: HOW WILL WE FIND OUT?
 
Questionnaires and Questionnaire Design
 
Interviews
 
Using Focus Groups
 
Observation
 
Other Methods
 
PART FIVE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
 
Quantitative Data Analysis
 
Qualitative Data Analysis
 
PART SIX: HOW WILL WE TELL EVERYONE?
 
How Do I Write up My Research?

perfect: a real gem!

Dr Liane Purnell
School of teacher Education, Newman University College
April 18, 2012

For a beginners course in action research this book does not provide the students with step by step guidance to augment the course.

Mrs Raena De Four
Education, Catholiic Education Institute
April 8, 2012

We are always looking for books that relate practice to theory and this one does just that. Most of our students are interested in action research which is a component in this book and worth consulting

Dr Tony Morgan
Youth & Community Work, Ulster University
February 27, 2012

This book is going to be a useful tool to my learners to enable them to carry out research. I have recommended the book to all students and to the library.

Mrs Tracy Stokes
Education , Warwickshire College
February 22, 2012

This text provides informative and accessible coverage of the practitioner research process which will be of particular use to my honours year students. The text is careful in its use of chosen terminology in an attempt not to alienate or patronise readers. I particularly like that the text is set within the UK context, drawing on the similarities and differences in the professional contexts of the different education systems within the UK; this is a real plus for Scottish students who often have to translate English-focused UK texts into the Scottish context. The structure works well and each chapter provides a good blend of description, argument, theory, exemplification and prompts for thinking. I will definitely be recommending that my honours year students make use of it.

Dr Aileen Kennedy
Education , Strathclyde University
February 20, 2012

I like in particular the chapters on analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, as it is sometimes difficult to get clear guidance on these issues

Mr Mike Lambert
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
February 6, 2012

Provides an accessible understanding to the practices of academic research. A very useful addition to the module reading list.

Dr Peter Day
School of Arts & Media, Brighton University
January 30, 2012

A solid book that will enable our students to pursue practioner research. Linrary copy ordered.

William Hawkridge
Please select your department, Hull College
January 3, 2012

A guide to Practical Research in Education is an accessible yet comprehensive guide to research suitable for experienced and novice researchers alike.

The chapters follow a logical pattern and are broken into subheadings making it easy to locate required information quickly. Particulary useful are the short chapter intoroductions, followed by the intoroduction of key items and concepts contained within the chapter. Also at the end of the chapters the summary, useful websites and further reading are within easy reach.

The book also includes many useful diagrams and tables.

Writeen in a non-technical / jargon style the book deserves a whide audience.

Ms Eklaine Vatandoust
Institute of Education, Worcester University
December 14, 2011

An excellent book which I will be recommending to both PGCE and BA students. This book is useful for students new to research or the more experienced researcher. A book that you can dip in and out of.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education , Blackburn College
December 5, 2011

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