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?


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


5 thoughts on “A Self-reflection on Required Readings in Educational Research

  1. leebannist

    It is for sure a balancing act between amount of research and validity of findings. I think that when it is a really new area of research like augmented learning in education, it is good to do a simple method to probe for anything deeper and provide direction for research that is deeper and more meaningful.

    The one problem that I find that everyone wants to answers faster and faster, but they do not want the answers to come from research that takes less and less time. So I guess research in stages might be one answer.

  2. skinash

    I enjoyed reading your reflections on educational research Chelsea. I also enjoyed your reply Lee. I would be very interested in reading an updated post now that we have also addressed qualitative/reflexive research. Whereas we address the terms of quality quantitative research in terms of validity and reliability, we talk about quality qualitative research in terms of credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability. Shelley

  3. chelseaoleary Post author

    I really enjoy qualitative research and find this methodology more interesting because I get to understand what the participants are thinking/feeling. However, I feel that quantitative data is more reliable and less subjective, so a mixed method might actually be the best approach. There is a lot to think about when selecting research methodology.


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