An Introduction to Educational Research

An Introduction to Educational Research

Tim Dedeaux (Pearl River Community College, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2656-0.ch019


Within the field of educational research, there are several methods, approaches, and concerns a potential researcher must be made aware of. This chapter serves as an introduction to the process of educational research, and as such, is intended for novice researchers seeking to gain an overview of the process of envisioning, designing, and carrying out a successful research project. Further, this chapter addresses the kinds of research that are possible within the academic field, some of the ethical and practical considerations involved in human subject research, and best methodological practices. Four major methods of research are discussed: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and action research. Each method is provided with information on the subtypes of research within each area, appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, and acceptable formats for reporting results for each methodological type.
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Steps For Conducting Educational Research

This section serves as an introduction to the steps involved in conducting educational research. This would include determining a research topic and research questions, conducting a review of the relevant literature, selecting appropriate research methods, collecting and analyzing the data, and finally, reporting the results of the research.

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