Learning from Research: Getting More from Your Data

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FURTHER READING

Bassey, Michael (1981) 'Pedagogic research: on the relative merits of the search for generalization and study of single events', Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 73–88). Reproduced in Chapter 7 (omitting his appendix on pp. 88–94) in J. Bell, T. Bush, A. Fox, et al. Conducting Small-scale Investigations in Educational Management. London: Harper and Row, in association with the Open University.

This is an excellent article which is worth taking the trouble to locate. Writing about case study, Bassey makes the point that, in many cases, 'the relatability is more important than its generalizability', and provides guidance to investigators on the dangers of generalization on insufficient evidence.

Bell, Judith (1999) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education and Social Science, 3rd edn. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Chapters 2, 4 and 8 deal with planning the project, keeping records and notes, locating libraries and designing and administering questionnaires.

Denscombe, M. (1998) The Good Research Guide for Small-scale Social Science Projects. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Chapters 1 and 6 provide good, clear sections on surveys and questionnaires. Useful checklists are provided at the end of each chapter.

Dixon B.R., Bouma, G.D. and Atkinson, G.B.J. (1987) A Handbook of Social Science Research: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide for Students. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Figures and Tables xiii
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 - The Descriptive Study 5
  • 1.1 - Background to the Study and Critics of Descriptive Studies 7
  • 1.2 - The Preparation 11
  • 1.3 - Moving on to Data Collection 15
  • 1.4 - Using Computer Statistical Packages 21
  • 1.5 - The Wretched Grids 26
  • 1.6 - Discussion 30
  • Further Reading 37
  • Part 2 - Evaluation Study 41
  • 2.1 - Background to the Study, Obtaining Permission and Reviewing the Literature 43
  • 2.2 - The Preparation 46
  • 2.3 - Operationalization of the Concepts 50
  • 2.4 - The Questionnaire 55
  • 2.5 - The Findings 62
  • 2.6 - Discussion 68
  • Further Reading 73
  • Part 3 - The Experimental Study 79
  • 3.1 - Background to the Study 81
  • 3.2 - The Literature Review 84
  • 3.3 - Obtaining Permission and Ethical Dilemmas in Experimental Research 88
  • 3.4 - Aims and Purpose of the Study 91
  • 3.5 - The Plan for Data Collection and Analysis 96
  • 3.6 - The Result 101
  • 3.7 - Overall Findings 107
  • 3.8 - Limitations of the Study and Recommendations 115
  • 3.9 - Discussion 117
  • Further Reading 121
  • Part 4 - Ethnographic Study 127
  • 4.1 - Statement of the Problem and Purpose of the Study 129
  • 4.2 - Setting the Scene and the Analysis of Documentary Evidence 133
  • 4.3 - The Review of the Literature 137
  • 4.4 - The Research Contract and the Principle of Informed Consent 144
  • 4.5 - The Fieldwork 147
  • 4.6 - Analysing the Data 157
  • 4.7 - A Solution to the Problem? 163
  • 4.8 - Dcussi0n 166
  • Further Reading 171
  • Part 5 - The Survey 179
  • 5.1 - Background to the Study 181
  • 5.2 - The Preparation and Planning 189
  • 5.3 - The Staff Questionnaire 194
  • 5.4 - Discussion of the Findings 206
  • 5.5 - Discussion 217
  • Further Reading 222
  • Postscript 227
  • Learning from Research 229
  • Glossary 233
  • References 250
  • Index 255
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