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What Does Good Educ Rsrch Look Like? Sc : Conducting Educational Research - Lyn Yates

What Does Good Educ Rsrch Look Like? Sc

Conducting Educational Research

By: Lyn Yates

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780335211999
Number Of Pages: 230

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"a powerful, well informed argument for the importance of pluralism. This book will tell young researchers what they need to know about doing educational research; it will encourage experienced researchers to see their own practice in context. It is a profound book that everyone should read." - Professor Jane Gaskell, Dean, OISE, University of Toronto

"This brilliant guide to judging educational research examines the most basic questions about research practice that most people think are settled, and reveals them as problematic... Humorous, sharp, and thoughtful, this readable inquisition explores from differing perspectives 'what does good education research look like' in multiple forms including dissertations, journal articles, and grant proposals." - Sari Knopp Biklen, Laura and Douglas Meredith Professor, Syracuse University, USA

This book explains and critically examines some key debates about the quality and value of education research, and shows how it must meet different demands in different places, times and conditions. A major part of the book provides detailed analyses and guidance to different areas in which education research is judged: from academic theses to the press; from highest level competition for prestigious grants to collaborative work with practitioners.

Lyn Yates asks probing questions in six education research arenas - the thesis, the research grant application, the journal article, the consultancy application, book publishing, and the press:

  • Who are the judges here?
  • What expectations and networks do they bring to the task?
  • What are the explicit and implicit criteria for good research in that area?
  • What are the common failings?
  • What does good research look like?
The book is an indispensable companion to existing textbooks on research methodology. It provides a clear and provocative discourse about the banalities and disorderliness in which education researchers have to operate.

Political and paradigm disputes, historical change and the field of educationp. 11
What does good education research look like? : some beginnings and debatesp. 15
History, fashion and academic research in educationp. 36
Arenas of education research : contexts, genres and the rules of the gamep. 53
The thesisp. 59
Academic journalsp. 84
Competitive research grantsp. 105
Commissioned researchp. 133
Schools, teachers and other practitioner usersp. 157
Book publishingp. 174
The pressp. 190
Situating research practicesp. 206
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ISBN: 9780335211999
ISBN-10: 0335211992
Series: Conducting Educational Research
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1