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Building Research Design in Education: Theoretically Informed Advanced Methods

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury
Number of pages288
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781350019515
ISBN (Print)9781350019508
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2018

Abstract

Building Research Design in Education provides insights into the ways in which foundational knowledge of research and research processes can be applied in order to build rigorous research design. If your research is to have meaning and value, this text will enable you to make informed choices decisions about your design, bearing in mind the complex ideas and theoretical framing needed to underpin it.

Drawing on the research expertise of the contributors, this text initially introduces the foundations for differing ideas around epistemology and ontology, then splits into four parts looking at quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches as well as other possibilities for research, including newer or emerging forms of research. Throughout, good research design is shown as taking many shapes with its premise always being rooted in a clear understanding of what is known and what is knowable according to the researcher's world view, in harmony with epistemological and ontological roots.

Chapters include learning activities, case examples of international research, essential reading, as well as further advanced reading suggestions, and online resources with additional exemplars and activities. This book is for the advanced student who already has an insight into the basics of research and is wanting to ensure a robust approach to research construction and reflection.

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