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Quantitative Research in Education

Quantitative Research in Education
A Primer

Second Edition

September 2015 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The book provides a reference point for beginning educational researchers to grasp the most pertinent elements of designing and conducting research…

Megan Tschannen-Moran, The College of William & Mary


Quantitative Research in Education: A Primer, Second Edition is a brief and practical text designed to allay anxiety about quantitative research. Award-winning authors Wayne K. Hoy and Curt M. Adams first introduce readers to the nature of research and science, and then present the meaning of concepts and research problems as they dispel notions that quantitative research is too difficult, too theoretical, and not practical. Rich with concrete examples and illustrations, the Primer emphasizes conceptual understanding and the practical utility of quantitative methods while teaching strategies and techniques for developing original research hypotheses.


The Second Edition includes suggestions for empirical investigation and features a new section on self-determination theory, examples from the latest research, a concluding chapter illustrating the practical applications of quantitative research, and much more. This accessible Primer is perfect for students and researchers who want a quick understanding of the process of scientific inquiry and who want to learn how to effectively create and test ideas.

Chapter 1: The Nature of Research and Science
Ways of Knowing


The Nature of Science

The Scientific Approach

Theory: A Scientific Concept

Components of Theory

The Nature of Scientific Research

Types of Quantitative Research

Chapter 2: Concepts, Variables, and Research Problems


Operationalizing Concepts

Research Problems

Chapter 3: Conceptual Foundations of Statistics
Measures of Central Tendencies

Measures of Variability

Normal Distribution

Populations and Samples

Statistical Tests

Chapter 4: Analyzing the Structure and Substance of Hypotheses

Kinds of Hypotheses

Imposter and Misconceived Hypotheses

Finding Hypotheses in Research Studies

Analyzing and Diagramming Hypotheses

The Invisible Condition: “Other Things Being Equal”

Chapter 5: Generating Hypotheses
Ideas for New Hypotheses

Observing, Conceptualizing, and Hypothesizing

Searching for Theoretical Underpinnings

More Theory: More Hypotheses

Chapter 6: Practical Applications
Collective Trust

Organizational Climate

Guidelines for Improvement


The chapter on hypotheses is really helpful. Some of the other chapters seem to deliver the information much through the eyes of the authors, e.g. I personally find the heavy focus on "trus" a little too much, there are other constructs that would have deserved attention in the context of a topic as broad as "education". But the book is very well written and definitevely a valuable ressource for students.

Mrs Anne C Frenzel
Psychology , University of Munich
November 25, 2015

An interesting and specific needs driven book.

Mrs Jacqueline Ann Taylor
Department of Early Childhood and Education, Newman University
November 2, 2015

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ISBN: 9781483376417