Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide (with MyEducationLab)

Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide (with MyEducationLab)

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By (author) Vicki L. Plano Clark, By (author) John W. Creswell

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  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Format: Mixed media product | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 274mm x 20mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0136101364
  • ISBN 13: 9780136101369
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,101,858

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Understanding Research: a Consumer's Guide is the first text that places its focus squarely on the needs of the research consumer. This text helps develop in readers the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to read and interpret research reports and to evaluate the quality of such reports.

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"Understanding Research: a Consumer's Guide" is the first text that places its focus squarely on the needs of the research consumer. This text helps develop in readers the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to read and interpret research reports and to evaluate the "quality" of such reports. Praise for "Understanding Research: " "The author[s] ha[ve] developed powerful and elegant ways to present and organize key research concepts in a way that I believe would allow complex ideas to be readily accessible to the beginning student of research. I think it is a remarkable presentation; the author[s] address concepts that I have found from experience to be difficult for new research students to grasp, and present them clearly, coherently and comprehensibly."Nancy MansbergerWestern Michigan University "This manuscript uses example articles in a more integrated way, with articles serving as instructional illustrations and the basis for student exercises throughout the book."Pamela F. MurphyVirginia Tech "The figures that guide the reader to take responsibility for critiquing published studies are a plus. I don't see any weaknesses. In fact, I'm already wishing I could try out this text next fall." Pamela H. BakerGeorge Mason University

Table of contents

PART I -- An Introduction to Research Chapter 1 -- The Process of Research: Learning How Research Is Done The Quantitative Parent Involvement Study The Qualitative Parent Role Study Chapter 2 -- Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Research PART II -- UNDERSTANDING THE INTRODUCTIONS TO RESEARCH REPORTS Chapter 3 -- The Research Problem: Identifying Why a Study Is Important The Qualitative New Teacher Study Chapter 4 -- The Literature Review: Examining the Background for a Study Chapter 5 -- The Purpose: Identifying the Intent of a Study The Quantitative Goal Orientation Study PART III -- UNDERSTANDING THE METHODS AND RESULTS OF QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH REPORTS Chapter 6 -- Quantitative Research Designs: Recognizing the Overall Plan for a Study Chapter 7 -- Quantitative Data Collection: Identifying How Information Is Gathered The Quantitative Youth Literacy Study Chapter 8 -- Quantitative Data Analysis and Results: Examining What Was Found in a Study PART IV -- UNDERSTANDING THE METHODS AND RESULTS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH REPORTS Chapter 9 -- Qualitative Research Designs: Recognizing the Overall Plan for a Study Chapter 10 -- Qualitative Data Collection: Identifying How Information Is Gathered The Qualitative Classroom Management Study Chapter 11 -- Qualitative Data Analysis and Results: Examining What Was Found in a Study PART V -- UNDERSTANDING REPORTS THAT COMBINE QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Chapter 12 -- Mixed Methods Research The Mixed Methods Learning Environment Study Chapter 13 -- Action Research Designs: Research for Solving Practical Problems The Action Research Internet Skills Study PART VI -- UNDERSTANDING THE CONCLUSIONS TO RESEARCH REPORTS Chapter 14 -- Interpreting Research