An Education Research Primer: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It

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Produced by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), one of the nation’s foremost educational research and training organizations, An Education Research Primer gives educators a basic understanding of educational research, its guiding criteria, and its relevance to school-based decision-making. In clear and concise language the book summarizes the various types of educational research, explaining their diverse purposes and methods. For example, the difference between experimental research (studies involving control group trials) and descriptive research (based on descriptive  information and relationships) is explained, including how each is designed to address different types of research questions, and why each might have different applications.  The book also describes what’s involved in setting up a comparison control group and how some studies have randomized control groups while others do not. In addition, the book describes the different types of data collection methods used in research and how this can bear on the research findings.

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With efforts to transform education into a "research-based" field,educators are always on the watch for research to informeducational decisions. Whether it's for making choices about classscheduling, instructional practices, or educational interventions,educators often rely on research studies to help them determine howand why particular programs might be effective, or what reallyworks in the classroom. But what makes for quality research? Areresearch claims always justified? And how can educators identifyresearch that's useful or relevant to their needs?

Produced with the assistance of Mid-continent Research forEducation and Learning (McREL), one of the nation's foremosteducational research and training organizations, An EducationResearch Primer gives educators a basic understanding ofeducational research, its guiding criteria, and its relevance toschool-based decision-making. In clear and concise language thebook summarizes the various types of educational research,explaining their diverse purposes and methods. For example, thedifference between experimental research (studies involving controlgroup trials) and descriptive research (based on descriptiveinformation and relationships) isexplained, including how each isdesigned to address different types of research questions, and whyeach might have different applications. The book also describeswhat's involved in setting up a comparison control group and howsome studies have randomized control groups while others do not. Inaddition, the book describes the different types of data collectionmethods used in research and how this can bear on the researchfindings.

Particular attention is given to the scientific criteria thatsupport the research and why this is important to educators. Thebook then provides step-by-step information on how to evaluate,analyze, and assess the validity of research studies, whether it isexperimental research, descriptive research, or research presentedin a literature review. Educators learn to ask critical questions:Did the research design match the research question? Were the datacollection methods reliable? How were the conclusions summarized?Were all the variables or rival explanations accounted for? Inaddition, the book provides tools for accessing relevant research,suggestions for reading research reports, and practical guidancefor understanding statistics. The discussion includes extensiveresearch examples and is linked to practical policy andprogrammatic questions throughout.

An Education Research Primer demystifies educational researchand is an indispensable resource for practicing and aspiringeducational researchers, for school leaders and teachers, and foreducational policy makers who must comply with today's educationalstandards

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"The examples of how to critique publishedresearch—especially research using quasi-experimentaldesigns—are the clearest and most detailed I have every read.My students found it very helpful."
—Martin L. Tombari, professor, Department of EducationalLeadership and Policy Studies, University of Denver

"Finally, Dr. Lauer has written a book for all educators,parents, and policy makers that provides all of the information andexplanation needed to easily understand and interpret educationalresearch."
—Charles DeRemer, assistant superintendent for instructionalservices, Fargo Public Schools, Fargo, North Dakota

"Teachers, principals, superintendents, policy makers, andanyone new to educational research will find An EducationalResearch Primer an invaluable resource. It demystifies basicresearch principles and methods by providing numerous examples andother clarifying materials."
—Vickie Grant, director of school improvement andassessment,Shannon County Public School District #65-1

"The book provides a useful and usable resource for everyone whoneeds to use research for improving educational policy andpractice. It is a clear, coherent, user-friendly guide tounderstanding scientifically based research at all levels ofeducation. This primer should part of an educator's professionallibrary."
—Joseph H. Simpson, deputy executive director,Council of ChiefState Schools Officers

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Patricia A. Lauer, Ph.D., is a former principal researcher withMid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) inAurora, Colorado. Currently, she is the evaluation director for theRocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education inLakewood, Colorado.

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