Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Self-reflection on Required Readings in Educational Research

This month I have been reading a book entitled “How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education” written by Fraenkel, J., Wallen, N. & Hyun, H. Before reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew research methodology would be a difficult class to take because of all the terminology and theory you need to know. Little did I know, I would actually enjoy learning about the different research methodologies. This book uses easy to understand education examples.

Here are some self-reflection notes I have written during my required readings:

Experimental research requires a lot of pre-thought and knowledge of your research question and all the different variables involved. You really need to be thorough when planning and implementing your experiment. If you choose a design that is too simplistic, it will be easy to implement, but will probably fail the validity tests. If the experimental research involves too much work and most designs or at least many designs involve some sort of threat, wouldn’t we be better off using a methodology that is easier to understand and use? Is it possible some researchers have changed their research question as a result of not wanting to use this methodology? Would this method be easier to implement if someone knowledgeable in this methodology mentored you?

What are the most common mixed methods used in research (as a survey alone doesn’t always provide enough information to a research question)?

Would research be better conducted with team researchers than a single researcher?

Reference:

Fraenkel, J., Wallen, N. & Hyun, H. (2011). How to design and evaluate research in education. 8th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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