Educational Research: An Introduction

Series
Allyn & Bacon
Author
M. D. Gall / Joyce P. Gall / Walter R. Borg  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
8
Language
English
Total pages
712
Pub.-date
May 2006
ISBN13
9780205488490
ISBN
0205488498
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<>Educational Research: An Introduction, Eighth Edition,is the most comprehensive and widely respected text for scholars and graduate-level students who need to understand educational research in depth and conduct original research for a dissertation or thesis.

 

A complete introduction to the major research methods and types of data analysis used today, this text provides detailed coverage of all facets of research, from the epistemology of quantitative and qualitative scientific inquiry to the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting of a completed study.

Features

  • The book's 18 chapters provide thorough coverage of concepts, methods, and issues found in the practice and literature of  educational research.
  • Research techniques are described in depth to assist students in designing a sound masters or doctoral study that will stand up to critical scrutiny.
  • Published research studies covering a wide range of educational topics are used throughout the book to illustrate important concepts and procedures. 
  • Each new research term introduced in a chapter is boldfaced and defined.  All such terms are also defined in the book's glossary.
  • “Touchstones in Research” are placed in the margins of each chapter to conveniently guide the reader to books, articles, and other sources that provide additional discussion of important topics.
  • A list of recommendations for applying chapter concepts and techniques to the design and conduct of a study is located at the end of each chapter (except Ch. 1).
  • Each chapter concludes with a self-check test to help readers assess their understanding of the concepts and procedures that it covers.  An answer key is provided at the end of the book.
  • A revised "Proposal Writing Guidebook" to help graduate students in the critical planning stages of a research study is available with this book.
  • An online instructors manual, which includes guidelines for course design, a file of closed-form and open-form test items keyed to the chapter objectives, application problems, and teaching activities.

New to this Edition

  • New or revised sections on important topics such as hierarchical linear modeling, mixed methods research, the increasingly diverse range of genres and emphasis on justice-seeking perspectives in qualitative research, policies for protection of human subjects, the establishment of the Institute of Education Sciences, and changes in the ERIC system.
  • Illustration of research concepts and procedures by describing their use in recently published studies on such contemporary educational problems as the achievement gap, diversity in education, curriculum standards, and school accountability.
  • All citations checked and updated to reflect new book editions and authoritative recent publications on key topics.
  • Reorganization of selected chapters to improve topic organization and comprehension.

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION.

 

 1. The Nature of Educational Research

 

II. PLANNING A RESEARCH STUDY.

 

 2. The Research Process: From Proposal to Final Report

 3. Ethics and Site Relations

 4. Reviewing the Literature

 

III. RESEARCH METHODS.

 

 5. Statistical Techniques

 6. Selecting a Sample

 7. Collecting Research Data with Tests and Self-Report Measures

 8. Collecting Research Data with Questionnaires and Interviews

 9. Collecting Research Data through Observation and Content Analysis

 

IV. QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN.

 

10. Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Causal-Comparative Designs

11. Nonexperimental Research: Correlational Designs

12. Experiment Research: Designs, Part 1

13. Experimental Research: Designs, Part 2

 

V. APPROACHES TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.

 

14. Case Study Research

15. Qualitative Research Traditions

16. Historical Research

 

VI. APPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH.

 

17. Evaluation Research

18. Action Research

Back Cover

“Without question, this text is the most comprehensive, well-written, and practical introductory research methods textbook available. Gall, Gall, & Borg have stood the test of time.”

-Susan N. Kushner Benson, University of Akron

“This is a very student-friendly text.”

-Ann Hassenpflug, University of Akron

Educational Research: An Introduction, Eighth Edition, is the most comprehensive and widely respected text for scholars and for the preparation of graduate level students who need to understand educational research in depth and who may conduct original research for a dissertation or thesis. A comprehensive introduction to the major research methods and types of data analysis used today, this text provides detailed coverage of all facets of research, from the epistemology of quantitative and qualitative scientific inquiry to the design, data collection, analysis, and reporting of a completed study.

New To This Edition:

  • New or revised sections on important topics such as hierarchical linear modeling, mixed methods research, the increasingly diverse range of genres and emphasis on justice-seeking perspectives in qualitative research, policies for protection of human subjects, the establishment of the Institute of Education Sciences, and changes in the ERIC system.
  • Illustration of research concepts and procedures are provided through descriptions of their use in recently published studies on such contemporary educational problems as the achievement gap, diversity in education, curriculum standards, and school accountability.
  • All citations have been updated to reflect new book editions and recent authoritative publications on key topics.
  • Reorganization of selected chapters to improve topic organization and comprehensibility.

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