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Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131367395
ISBN-10: 0131367390
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"I believe that this is the premier treatment of this topic currently on the market. Such a textbook would have been very useful to me in my own training." - Frederick J. Brigham, George Mason University

 

"It is Informational yet conversational and engaging to the reader." - Christine Anne Royce, Shippensburg University

 

"The text is very easy to read and provides a good overview of the topics." - Linda Shepherd, Indiana University - Bloomington

 

"When it comes to balancing qualitative and quantitative approaches in a single text, this is the best book currently available in the market." - Hari Koirala, Eastern Connecticut State University

 

"Most other books cover the same material. This book communicates directly to the students better." - Julita G. Lambating, California State University - Sacramento

 

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This book is the only introductory educational research text to offer a truly balanced and integrated treatment of both quantitative and qualitative methods.  Written in clear and practical language, Educational Research will help its readers get started doing their own research and will also help them become better readers of research. 

  

Updates for this edition include:

  • Increased coverage of ethics in Chapter 10: Reporting and Evaluating Research
  • A new boxed feature called “Ethical Dilemma” has been added to every chapter in part three. The feature summarizes an ethical issue related to the chapter content that comes up in the research of professionals. Each Ethical Dilemma ends by posing a discussion question to the reader.
  • The majority of the sample articles have been replaced with more recent articles. All of the annotations and other associated text has been rewritten accordingly.
  • New Chapter 1 The Process and Approaches of Research further integrates the treatment of quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Additional coverage of how to find a research problem (Chapter 2)
  • Additional information on the difference between dissertation, thesis, and journal article writing strategies (Chapter 3)
  • Updated information on statistical programs and simulation programs for learning statistics (Chapter 8)
  • information on the relationship between response rate and response bias (Chapter 12)
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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131367390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131367395
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a required text for one of my on-line classes. I am in my second graduate class which is about quantitative and qualitative research and I am very impressed with the quality of this text. If you are a researcher, this book is a must have. If you are a reader of research, this book is also a must have. It is very well written and provides numerous examples of how to properly organize and write effective quantitative and qualitative research papers.
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This book was used as a textbook for a graduate level research class. It was a great introduction. I still reference it to help guide me or to look for further references. It may be too elementary if you're a pro. However, it's very helpful and easy to use if you are new to researching.
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This explains and illustrates all aspects of research, from soup to nuts. This author clarifies the differences between quantitative (numbers, statistics, analytical) and qualitative (descriptive, case studies, social interaction and theory generation). It is a reference that you will have to put in a high traffic area, because you will use it again and again.

The publisher also added value to this book with its website links. There is companion that has the whole book outlined in PowerPoint. Definitely download it and use it for the quick reference.

This is a text you will grow into, as you learn more and understnad reserach methodology better. You will use this again and again!
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The book has been outstanding, very easy reading almost like a novel. I was able to run through the 659 pages very quickly and now I am reading it again to reinforce the content. The organization I purchased it from however has been a terrible MAP sales is a supplier everyone should stay away from. I have never received the book from them, 7 weeks later, although they were very fast to post my account for the charges. Numerous emails later, they still haven't credited my account. Stay away from MAP sales.
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I am in the process of completing my exit project for my Master's degree. This text has been an excellent guide for me as I am completing my degree through distance education. I purchased the text at the end of my degree, after my coursework was completed, however, I think it would have been a great help for me if I had it from the beginning. I'm sure it's on the "recommended reading" list for most graduate courses, but I feel it should be "required reading" for anyone who is engaged in formal, academic research.
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As a grad student returning to the classroom after more than 25 years I was a bit reticent about taking up the subject of academic research. The excellence of this text informed me, gave me a comprehensive view of the subject matter and left me wanting to learn more. I highly recommend it. This is one of the text books I will keep for future reference.

Connie Neal, author of many books found at www.amazon.com/author/connieneal
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Format: Kindle Edition
Textbook companies have long be criticized for exploiting the education market. Paying over a $100 for a Kindle version of this text is simply reprehensible. The international student edition is available, new, in print, for less than 1/5 of this price.

PHU, the publisher, exists to maximize profits. Creswell, once an academic of strong standing appears to also have taken to this notion as well. Creswell, who has now chosen to continue to prostitute his work (now in the fourth edition) should be ashamed. What constitutes work worthy of a new edition? Merging chapters 1 and 2 and adding one ancillary antidote. That's it. Call it a new edition so the used editions no longer have any value on the market and wait for the pay checks to roll in. The Ethical Dilemma that was added was not in chapter three, but is Creswell's exploitation of the textbook market.

Creswell's continuance to exploit the market should remove him from any future consideration by instructors seeking a text on research methods. The purpose of scholarly work is not to make unjust profits on the backs of students, but to serve the advancement of the academy. In my opinion, Creswell no longer has the ethical standing to write on this subject and readers and instructors should look elsewhere. There are a number of open access and reasonably priced works that are as good (or better) than this title and who's authors have chosen to not maximize profits on the backs of students, but to serve the greater good over their own.
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If your professor requires this book then get it. Be warned my experience with this book was mixed. A lot of the info is readily available by searching. Some stuff I wanted or needed more info on was not discussed in the book.
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