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Doing Research

There are many titles concerning research; these titles listed her are a small sampling of what could help you get started. Note that research methods in the behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, are often employed.

This is a selective list of terms and tenets that you could use to describe research methods in education, and in social science generally.

Qualitative terms:

  • Action research
  • Epistemology
  • Ethnography
  • Grounded theory
  • Hermeneutics
  • Inductive analysis
  • Life-world
  • Naturalistic
  • Phenomenology
  • Reflexivity

Quantitative tenets from Dr. Penny Beile:

  • Understand the purposes and limitations of quantitative methods
  • Review the literature to inform the research question and study.
  • Define study aims; identify variables, population, and data collection procedures.
  • Determine appropriate sampling methods and sample size
  • Comply with IRB protocols
  • Use the appropriate statistical test to analyze data.
  • Report p values and effect sizes.
  • Be conservative in drawing conclusions
  • Disseminate results to strengthen practice and build theory
  • Practice integrity, honesty, and rigor in design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation - and in disseminating results.
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