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Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Second Edition
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November 2014 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Based on Keith Punch’s bestselling Introduction to Social Research Methods, this book introduces the research process in a range of educational contexts.  In this updated second edition, you’ll find guidance on every stage of research, with chapters on developing research questions, doing a literature review, collecting data, analysing your findings and writing it all up.


With a new chapter on ethics and additional coverage of Internet research and mixing methods, the second edition contains everything you’ll need if you’re  studying on a research methods course or doing a research project for yourself.


Introduction to Research Methods in Education provides you with:

  • Balanced coverage of the range of methods employed by educational researchers
  • Practical advice on collecting and analysing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data
  • A range of examples from student projects to show how research is done in real-life educational settings
  • A companion website with additional resources for lecturers and students.

Keith F Punch
is Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia.
Alis Oancea is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy, as well as Director of Research at the University of Oxford, Department of Education. 

Theory and Method in Education Research
The Contexts for Education Research
Ethics in Educational Research
Research Questions
From Research Questions to Data
Literature Searching and Reviewing
Qualitative Research Design
Collecting Qualitative Data
The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Quantitative Research Design
Collecting Quantitative Data
The Analysis of Quantitative Data
Mixed Methods Research
Research Writing

Useful, comprehensive and very supportive text for students doing their education based dissertations.

Mr Nigel Roberts
youth and schools, centre for youth ministry
May 18, 2015

An interesting book, but on a slighly lower learning level than those dictated by the course learning outcomes. It is recommended as additional literature for those participants who need to catch-up, but not as a definite course book

Mr Geir Gunnlaugsson
Division for development of teaching and learning, Uppsala University
May 17, 2015

This is a highly informative and accessible introduction to qualitative methods. I would recommend this to any student engaged in educational research at undergraduate and even Masters level.

Mr Jonathan Vincent
Education Studies, York St John University
May 15, 2015

A very clear text - section on methodology was particularly relevant and extremely detailed with clear application for students

Mrs Julie Kent
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
May 15, 2015

A very useful, up to date reference book. All of the main issues in ed. research are covered effectively. Diagrams, tables and case study boxes are very useful and clearly laid out. Examples of references in specific areas are also useful. The reference list at the end is extensive.

Dr Richard Greenwood
Education/Teacher Training, Stranmillis University College
May 15, 2015

Cleary laid out and easy to read. Excellent for all levels of research.

Mrs Kara Durn
Education Department, Barnfield College, Luton
April 23, 2015

a good supplement for our research methods course

George Sandamas
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
April 17, 2015

It is a highly comprehensive and solid methodology book, solidly grounded in wide range of classical and contemporary meteorologists works in social science. Structure and content of the book is very clear and highly informative. Rich collection of further readings are very useful for researchers and research students. I would highly recommend this book.

Dr Mikiko Cars
Department of Education, Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University
March 24, 2015

A very useful textbook for our students and we have now adopted it as essential reading for them.

Mr Justin Luker
Department of New Media & Technologies, Bucks New University
March 10, 2015

Good book however, may be more suitable for educational field

Mr Mohammed Al-husban
Faculty of Technology, Southampton Solent University
March 10, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1. Introduction