Designing Research in Education

Designing Research in Education : Concepts and Methodologies

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This is a clear introduction to the methodological and philosophical debates in the field of education research. It sets out the key ideas, questions, and dilemmas which inform all research and then, through the careful use of case studies and practical advice from experienced researchers, grounds them in the specific concerns of education and educational studies.

Written by experienced academics and teachers the book links broad philosophical principles with practical strategies for designing and conducting ethical and effective research.

Perfect for postgraduate students planning their own research in education this book will help you to:

* Understand the philosophical foundations of your work.

* Conceptualise and refine your research question.

* Pick the right methodology for your research.

* Embed ethical considerations throughout your research.

This book is an ideal companion for any postgraduate student or early career academic conducting research across education and educational studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 20.32mm | 655g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1446294250
  • 9781446294253

Table of contents

Part I: Concepts and philosophical issues informing research designs
Chapter 1: Setting the Scene: Research and education - Jon Swain
Chapter 2: Designing Your Research in Education - Jon Swain
Chapter 3: Developing a Research Proposal in Education - Jon Swain
Chapter 4: Debates Around Epistemology in Education - Will Gibson
Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations in Research and Education - Jon Swain
Part II: The application of the research designs
Chapter 6: Experimental Design in Education - Jane Hurry
Chapter 7: Survey Design in Education - Charlie Owen
Chapter 8: Ethnography in Education - Rebecca O'Connell
Chapter 9: Case Studies in Education - Mano Candappa
Chapter 10: Mixed Methods in Education - Olga Cara
Chapter 11: Summary and Conclusions - Jon Swain
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This is a great book! It provides knowledge about the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of educational research. It is engaging and provides rich information from experienced researchers for doctoral students and early careers researchers. It is interesting and easy to read. I would highly recommend it. -- Athina Tempriou This book has the potential to inform and frame the next generation of research scholars in education. -- Stephen Dobson This is a very valuable resource... it draws on a wide range of research examples and includes useful reflection and commentary from leading researchers. -- Paula Clarke This engaging and lively book is a landmark in the field of designing effective education research. It presents successful strategies drawn from highly experienced researchers and provides accessible and useful advice for doctoral students and early career researchers. Highly recommended! -- Patrick Danaher
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About Jon Swain

Jon Swain currently works at University College London where he is a senior researcher and lecturer. He mainly carries out qualitative research, which has included a series of numeracy and literacy projects in the post-16 sector. He has also written many articles on boys' masculinities. Between 2008 and 2013, he was program leader for the MPhil/PhD; he also has extensive teaching experience on the EdD program and continues to supervise and tutor both PhD and EdD students. His professional career began as a primary school teacher, and he took a part-time MA at the Institute of Education in the late 1990s before completing his PhD in 2001.
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