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Conducting Research in Educational Contexts


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Introduction: Passionate enquiries; Part 1: Getting Started; 1. Research Paradigms and Approaches: Choosing models and traditions; 2. Designing the Project: Preparing the groundwork; 3. Issues in Research: Moral, authentic and trustworthy investigations; Part 2: Gathering Data; 4. Questionnaires: The strength of numbers; 5. Interviews: The beauty of verbal interaction; 6. Observation: The charm of gathering data in situ; 7. Documents: Exploiting records of social phenomena; Part 3: Making Sense of Data; 8. Quantitative Data Analysis: Seeking breadth and generalisability; 9. Qualitative Fata Analysis: Achieving depth and richness; 10. Writing Up: The potency of written argument; References; Index.

About the Author

Tehmina N Basit is Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She has been involved in teaching PGCE, Masters, PhD, EdD and Best Practice Research Scholarship students. She has also coordinated the Research Methods training for Doctoral students.


'Provides a fresh and lively approach to issues of undertaking diverse studies across a broad spectrum. It raises questions and challenges students to think and consider moral questions too.'

Professor Miriam David, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
'This is a thoughtful, accessible, 'no-nonsense' guide to educational research written for the novice researcher. Research supervisors should point their candidates towards this helpful 'one-stop' shop for good practical ideas on conducting robust educational research.'

Professor Richard James, University of Melbourne, Australia
'Where was this book during the last five years when I was working with so many educational professionals on their dissertations? We could have used this book! The step-by-step process outlines are clear for people new to research and accurately reflect the best of research theory. This text would also be an excellent "on the shelf" immediate reference for educators who want to conduct on site research in their schools and classrooms after they have finished their theses and dissertations.'

Diane Dunlap, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Oregon, USA

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