Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications (8th Edition)

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For courses in Research Methods/Educational Research. Long recognized as the market leader in Introduction to Educational Research courses, Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications, eighth edition, remains a practical text focused on the skills and procedures students need in order to become competent consumers and producers of educational research. The text uses a direct, step-by-step approach to the research process and incorporates Tasks and articles throughout to provide students with the practice they need to master research steps and evaluation. The accessible writing style and light, humorous tone also help demystify this demanding course. In addition to substantially reworking the text to make it even more accessible to the student, key changes in the eighth edition include: expanded coverage of qualitative research with two new chapters (Narrative Research and Ethnographic Research), increased coverage of how to use technology in the research process, and new chapters on Single-Subject Research and Mixed Methods. This comprehensive instructional resource encompasses the full spectrum of the field, making it appropriate as a core text for an introductory course in educational research.

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This new edition of Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications maintains the strong yet accessible coverage you expect.  The reorganized text reflects a more balanced coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  Unique features of this revised edition include:

An Approachable Text Your Students Won't Mind Reading--and Will Want to Keep

    • The accessible writing style, clear and concise explanations, and humorous tone demystify the research process.
    • Eleven cumulative "Tasks" throughout the text provide practice and skill development in doing research, step by step.

Expanded Coverage of Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods

    • Chapter 16, "Narrative Research," and Chapter 17, "Ethnographic Research," are new to this edition.
    • Chapter 19, "Mixed Methods," is new to this edition.

Expanded Coverage of Technology

    • Increased coverage of how to use technology in the research process.
    • The Companion Website (http://www.prenhall.com/gay) allows students to check their understanding of concepts through self-quizzes, access tools and tips to guide them through the research process, and expand their skill base through practice evaluating both quantitative and qualitative research by analyzing data and critiquing journal articles.

39 Articles Provided in the Package (Text, Student Study Guide, and Website)

    • Articles are accompanied by a variety of pedagogical aids to help students learn to read research.
    • Chapter 22, "Evaluating Research," provides a framework for critiquing research.

 

 

 

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