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Understanding and Interpreting Educational Research

A USEFUL introductory tool for anyone planning to undertake educationally focused research at undergraduate or higher degree level, this book is helpfully split into informative sections.

I found the sections on quantitative and qualitative research methods to be among the most informative and accessible I have seen. The information provided was sufficient to introduce a novice to the concepts underpinning the various approaches and manages to be informative without being overwhelming.

The text is supported by clear and easy to follow flow charts that illustrate concepts such as the phases of qualitative research or non-equivalent group design. A pleasing element of the book is the addition of text boxes that contain simple definitions of the various research terms used.

Throughout the sections the authors have inserted various examples of educational research to illustrate the methods being discussed.

Unfortunately, the book being written from an American perspective, many of the examples are drawn from the US compulsory education system, which can require some mental adjustment on the part of European readers.

Illustrative research questions at the end

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I found the sections on quantitative and qualitative research methods to be among the most informative and accessible I have seen. The information provided was sufficient to introduce a novice to the concepts underpinning the various approaches and manages to be informative without being overwhelming.

The text is supported by clear and easy to follow flow charts that illustrate concepts such as the phases of qualitative research or non-equivalent group design. A pleasing element of the book is the addition of text boxes that contain simple definitions of the various research terms used.

Throughout the sections the authors have inserted various examples of educational research to illustrate the methods being discussed.

Unfortunately, the book being written from an American perspective, many of the examples are drawn from the US compulsory education system, which can require some mental adjustment on the part of European readers.

Illustrative research questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to reflect on their learning.

Overall, this is a useful and accessible book. It would be a useful addition to library holdings and would be especially helpful to students planning on undertaking educationally focused master’s study.

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