Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice by Marguerite G Lodico, Dean T Spaulding, and Katherine H Voegtle is an informative and comprehensive textbook that provides graduate students with the necessary competencies and skills to conduct educational research. This book is written from the perspective of how one learns in general and, more specifically, how one learns through research. The authors have tried to apply the techniques and instructional practices underlying “good teaching” to teaching people about educational research.
The book is organized into fourteen chapters, each of which covers a specific topic related to educational research. The first chapter provides an introduction to educational research, its importance, and its relevance to education in the 21st century. The subsequent chapters cover topics such as research design, literature review, sampling, measurement, data analysis, and research ethics. The final chapter provides guidelines for writing a research proposal.
Each chapter is well-structured and provides a clear understanding of the concepts covered. The authors have used various pedagogical strategies such as research vignettes, examples, and summaries to make the content more accessible to the readers. The research vignettes at the beginning of each chapter provide real-world examples of research that is tied to practice and used to make decisions about educational practices. The examples and summaries throughout the chapters reinforce the concepts covered and provide a useful reference for students.
The authors have paid special attention to the metacognitive processes associated with how one learns about research and how one develops and becomes a more active participant in the educational research community. They have included a number of practical tools in the book, such as the article summary sheets in Chapter Two, which have been designed to make the research process less confusing and intimidating for students.
Style and Presentation
The writing style is clear and concise, making the book easy to read and understand. The authors have used a pedagogical approach to writing, which is evident in the organization of the content and the use of various tools such as summaries, examples, and research vignettes. The book is also well-designed, with clear headings, tables, and figures that enhance the reading experience.
One of the strengths of the book is its comprehensive coverage of the different research approaches used in educational research. The authors have provided a broad and deep understanding of research approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. The inclusion of research vignettes and research proposals using both qualitative and quantitative approaches makes the book more engaging and relevant to the readers.
Another strength of the book is the emphasis on the developmental processes involved in researching and writing a research proposal. This is particularly useful for graduate students who are new to the research process and may find it daunting. The inclusion of guidelines for writing a research proposal is also helpful. It provides a useful framework for students to follow.
One weakness of the book is that it may be too dense for some readers. Particularly those who are new to educational research. The authors have included a lot of information in each chapter, and this may be overwhelming for some readers. However, the inclusion of summaries and examples throughout the chapters. Thats helps to break up the content and make it more accessible to the readers.
Methods in Educational Research From Theory to Practice is a valuable resource. It is for graduate students in the field of education or related fields. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the different research approaches used in educational research. It empowers teachers to take an active role in conducting research in their classrooms, districts, and the greater educational community. The authors have used various pedagogical strategies to make the content accessible and engaging. The inclusion of research vignettes and research proposals makes the book relevant and practical. Overall, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in conducting educational research.