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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I bought the Kindle edition of this book for a course on Educational Research. I do not enjoy reading but this book is interesting and easy to read. The Kindle Edition appears to be lacking in some respects since you can not go directly to the Table of Contents or the beginning of the book. There is, however, a document navigation (under View) and a search option and you can view your bookmarks and highlights. The document navigation will take you directly to each area of the book including the index. Clicking on a name in the index will also take you to the appropriate area of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2009
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I sure wish my professors had recommended this book during the first 3 years of my doctoral studies. The required texts were confusing and useless. As I prepared to begin my dissertation research I felt totally unsure as to how to organize my data . . . this text answered all my questions in a simple straight foward method. It is the only book you will need for any educational research. It saved me time and my sanity. If you're in a masters or doctoral program get this book. You won't be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
easy book to read; especially for those that do not enjoy quantitative terms. but too expensive. if you can get older version, only some minor changes, or the international version do it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Although the authors refer to this text as being for undergraduate students, it does work well in our graduate programs. With most of our students having very limited (if any) formal research background, we were looking for a text which approached things from a perspective that was informative yet easy-to-follow. This text has good structure, and the order in which material is presented is very much aligned with the actual process of conducting research. My only issue with the book is that they approach the Review of Literature as a subsection of Chapter 1 in the research proposal, when nearly every thesis or dissertation has the Review of Literature as an entirely different chapter. The method approached by the text is typical with some research manuscripts for journal publication, but not necessarily for the actual research proposal. I have utilized the 8th & 9th versions of this text in previous years, and have found the updates made in the 10th edition to be very well done. A bit deceiving by the cover, this book is valid for all educational programs (not just those that are K-12 related). The supplemental materials (specifically the online Blackboard-compatible exams) are a big help, as this course is extremely time consuming to teach/facilitate. I highly recommend this text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As with most college/graduate texts, it is nearly impossible to really cover all of the material in one semester. I used this text in graduate school, and while I learned a lot at the time, because the pace was so brisk, retention was a problem. Professors must realize that for students to have a thorough understanding of the contents, it must be covered in detail. Attempts to finish the book in a semester will lead to confused students who do not master the material. In research courses broken down into part 1 and part 2, for a full year of research methodology, this book is the one to choose. I've had graduate methods courses in more than one discipline, and this books ranks a close second to Earl Babbie's book. This one is much more suited to education. The cost is a huge downside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2009
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This book is very expensive and not quite as good as the 8th edition. The 8th actually showed you how to do relevant statistical analyses; this one refers to SPSS and other software. The info is great and very helpful for writing research/thesis papers, but the statistical directions are insufficient.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Applications

It is without a doubt one of the best books for an introductory course in educational research. It has comprehensive but very clear coverage of educational research topics. It helps the reader in developing skills of selecting and defining a research topic, conducting literature reviews and selecting a sample . It has excellent discussion of measuring instruments, survey research, correational research, experimental and single subject research. It also covers qualitative methods, action research and mixed methods research. The descriptive and inferential statistics are introduced in a way that is apt and understandable. Summaries at the end of each chapter facilitate acquisition of material. The readers also learn about critiquing a research report as well as preparing a research report. I strongly recommend this book to be used as a text in research courses at the graduate level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book for a class and later found out I didn't need to take the class. I'm keeping it as a reference book. I read the first chapter and thought it sounded like a review. (Then I discovered that the university accepted my credit for the same class from my masters.) The writing was clear and informative and the layout was helpful. Lots of good charts and graphs as I remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2014
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This is one of those foundational texts that you will keep within reach for a long time. Get this up-to-date edition which provides practical instruction on literature searching using current media. Biggest boost: quick summaries at the end of each chapter. Read those first and then read the chapter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
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This book is easy to follow and when used with the study guide can overcome any shortcomings your professor may have in his or her teaching approach.
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