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Applying Educational Research: How to Read, Do, and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice Paperback – March 14, 2014

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The writing style of the textbook is excellent . . . . Writing clarity for content builds from one paragraph to another. . . . The Gall, Gall, and Borg textbook is the only text I would consider for EDU 6691. Because the authors are scholars and practitioners, they bring a depth and range to the topic of educational research that is unsurpassed.

--Vikki K. Collins, Troy University

 

The writing style is very clear. I find it easy to read and navigate among the chapters. Most graduate students in my class will not have any problems reading the book. The authors provide a very gentle introduction to educational research. . . . The authors adopt a balanced view of educational research. . . . They have explained most of the quantitative analyses used in educational research, and they have explicated the major theories of qualitative research. They have introduced the research techniques in a clear manner accessible to a broad audience inside and outside of the education field.

--Xiaofeng Steven Lui, University of South Carolina

 

 

For all chapters, I like the general organization of starting with Important Ideas, presenting example research questions and studies earlier in the chapters, and ending the chapters with review questions and an actual research article on the specific designs. Very good and effective educational psychology principles of advance organizers, presenting the material relating it to previously learned material, review and practice.

--Ronald F. Dugan, College of Saint Rose

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Applying Educational Research focuses on relating research to practice, helping educators see the relevance of research to their daily work.  This goal of making research relevant is accomplished by focusing on current “problems of practice.” Each chapter highlights a set of important issues for teachers, students, and schools–-issues like teacher evaluation, the effectiveness of close-reading strategies, and the use of computer-supported instruction.  The research examples and articles in the chapter then address these issues, providing students a meaningful context for the information they are learning about research methods. Through this approach, students learn about the research process and current research on topics that directly impact practice.

 

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The writing style of the textbook is excellent . . . . Writing clarity for content builds from one paragraph to another. . . . The Gall, Gall, and Borg textbook is the only text I would consider for [my Master’s-level research course]. Because the authors are scholars and practitioners, they bring a depth and range to the topic of educational research that is unsurpassed."

            --Vikki K. Collins, Troy University

 

"The writing style is very clear. I find it easy to read and navigate among the chapters. Most graduate students in my class will not have any problems reading the book. The authors provide a very gentle introduction to educational research. . . . The authors adopt a balanced view of educational research. . . . They have explained most of the quantitative analyses used in educational research, and they have explicated the major theories of qualitative research. They have introduced the research techniques in a clear manner accessible to a broad audience inside and outside of the education field."

            --Xiaofeng Steven Lui, University of South Carolina

--This text refers to the Loose Leaf edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7th Revised edition edition (March 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132868636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132868631
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 25 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book that explains the components of educational research. It is well written and easy for the average reader to comprehend. It does not go into depth about statistics but rather explains how to set up a research project and then write the various components of the paper based upon the research style you choose: Literature Review; Descriptive; Comparative; Experimental; etc. It also covers issues with internal and external validity factors. This has been one of the most helpful textbooks I have actually both read and used in college.
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The textbook covers everything from the basics to in-depth concepts. It also includes examples for each concept to aid with instruction and contains full articles at the end of some chapters to enhance learning. It is a helpful, comprehensive introduction to all kinds of research, not just toward education. It is a worthwhile purchase!
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This book explains educational research in a way that is typically easy to understand. At times it is more theory-based than I would prefer, and it would be good if there was more in there about actually "applying" educational research. Overall, it is laid out well and I like that there is a glossary of terms in the back as well as an index.
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This book oriented toward educational research is a perfect example of what is wrong with education in this country. Specifically the title page includes the following: "How to Read, Do and Use Research to Solve Problems of Practice." It does not accomplish this very well. If a text book for educators cannot deliver on this simple task then it does not surprise me that the educational system in the US is broken.
This textbook, supposedly focused towards graduate level research, is not at all helpful to the educational practitioner. It is not set out in an orderly manner, it is not user friendly, it has neither a didactic nor a dialectic approach to its presentation. From a critical thinking and writing perspective it leaves much to be desired.
I have read and used a number of other textbooks and guides on conducting research not specifically in the field of education. The other books are far superior in educational and academic quality.
If you are really interested in how to conduct research this is not the textbook for you. I cannot believe it is actually on its 6th edition, or that it is the textbook required for any graduate level course.
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This was one of the books I needed for my research class. It was in very good condition even though it was gently used. There was some wear and tear on some of the pages but overall, it was in good condition.
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It is a good book for educational purposes. Some of the reading is very dry, and you have to force yourself to hang in there. The other thing I did like is it did help out with what the project layout should look like.
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This textbook appears well written. I gave it one star because when registering for My Education Lab with Pearson, another educational research textbook appeared. After several hours of emailing and chats (texting) with technical support from Pearson-no answers. Pearson did not know what they were doing. I finally found some telephone numbers from the Pearson website, so I could talk to a real person. I was finally told that even though I registered the correct textbook, they use a different educational research textbook that is applicable to all educational research topics. I was told it wasn't the exact book, but had the same information that my textbook had. Who would have known that? I used My Developmental Lab with Pearson for a Counseling course and had no problems. The textbook that I registered, was the one that was posted in My Developmental Lab. Pearson is the worst company to deal with. Their technical support is extremely poor. My Education Lab was a waste of money and time.
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Applying Educational Research aptly serves the interest of those conducting or learning about research in the field of education. The book glazes over the deeper history that yielded the current research practices. But it has a really helpful, comparison-like design and its concise enough to serve as a reference that should be carried through a career. It covers all the bases of typical research FAQs.
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