Chapters new to this edition cover:
Causation, critical educational research, evaluation and the politics of research, including material on cross-cultural research, mixed methods and participatory research
Choosing and planning a research project, including material on sampling, research questions, literature reviews and ethical issues
Meta-analysis, research syntheses and systematic reviews
Virtual worlds and internet research
Using and analysing visual media and data in educational research
Organizing and presenting qualitative data, content analysis, coding and computer analysis, themes, narratives, conversations and discourses, grounded theory
Understanding and choosing statistical tests, descriptive and inferential statistics, multi-dimensional measurement and factor analysis
Research Methods in Education is essential reading for both the professional researcher and students of education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, who need to understand how to plan, conduct, analyse and use research.
The textbook is accompanied by a website: www.routledge.com/textbooks/cohen7e. PowerPoint slides for every chapter contain an outline of the chapter structure followed by a thorough summary of the key points, ideal for both lecturers and students. Within the book a variety of internet resources are referred to and these references have been included here, with links to the websites. A wide range of supplementary documents are available for many chapters, providing additional guidance and examples. They range from guidelines for the contents of a research proposal with a worked example, to screen-print manuals for using SPSS and QSR N6 NUD*IST (exportable to N-Vivo) plus data files.
The theories and practices from the literature on business, manufacturing and commerce which inform principles for managing change in education are identified in this book.The author shows how the complexity of change can be addressed effectively.
One principle of effective management of change is its potential to empower the individuals and organizations, its power to create and operate win/win situations. That can only be done by addressing the human side of organizations. The strength of the business literature is that far from advocating the austere, over-rationalized, dehumanized and objective pursuit of profit at all costs, it suggests that the effective management of change is an affirmation of the humanity of business.
He suggests that schools are complex, nonlinear and unpredictable systems, and that this impacts significantly within them. As schools race to keep up with change and innovation, he suggests that it is possible to find order without control and to lead without coercion. Key areas:
* schools and self-organisation
* leadership for self-organisation
* supporting emergence through the learning organisation
* schools and their environments
* fitness landscapes
This book will be of interest to headteachers and middle managers, and those on higher level courses in educational leadership and management.
Authoritative yet accessible, it covers the important basic skills and issues that students need to consider during their practice, such as planning, classroom organization, behaviour management and assessment. The book's focus on the quality of teaching and learning and consideration of the latest regulations and guidelines ensures that it fits comfortably within TTA and OfSTED frameworks.
In addition, comprehensively revised and fully updated, this fifth edition features brand new chapters on the foundation stage, legal issues, learning and teaching and using ICT in the classroom, as well as new material on numeracy, literacy, children's rights, progress files and gifted and talented children.
This book is the most respected and widely used textbook for initial teacher training courses and will be an essential resource for any student teacher.
After introducing deterministic and probabilistic causation, the book shows how these can be researched in different ways. It explains:how to determine causes from effects and how to link theory and practice in causal research how to plan and conduct causal research in education how to analyze, present and interpret causal data, and the limits of causal understanding.
Containing worked examples from both qualitative and quantitative research, Causation in Educational Research provides a manual for practice, underpinned by a rigorous analysis of key issues from philosophy, sociology and psychology. It will appeal to new and established researchers, readers of educational research, social science students and academics.
Managing Complex Change in Schoolsynthesizes a wealth of literature and research on managing change, and shows how the emerging field of complexity theory can inform the effective management of multidimensional change.
Arising from an in-depth, mixed methods evaluation of the key school, this book is practice-focused and is an invaluable companion for practitioners handling positive change in schools.