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Research And Evaluation Methods In Special Education

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761946533
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This excellent resource provides an approach to research and evaluation that helps educators better understand and address the needs of students with various disabilities.

Research Methods In Special Education

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: 9780803948082
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"The format of each chapter is clear and logical. . . . The style is aimed at students and tries to engage them in thinking further about points raised in each chapter. The authors avoid over-use of technical terms. . . . Material is well-presented with many headings and subheadings. . . . This book is a useful source for cross referencing research reports in special education with design or techniques used. In addition, the checklists for critiques are potentially valuable as study aids for undergraduates and students commencing post-graduate work." --Ann Lewis in British Journal of Developmental Psychology "The book represents a useful short introductory guide to approaches to research. . . . the authors go systematically. . . through the stages of the research process from literature review to data analysis and reporting. . . . On completion of the book, the reader would have a very good idea of the span of options open to a researcher and would have gained considerable breadth. . . of knowledge not only about methodology, but also about the corpus of special education research. . . . Mertens and McLaughlin have. . . produced a sound introductory text which makes short cuts for the reader who is both new to research methodology and working within special education." --Educational Research "The breadth of reference is a strength of the text. . . . This short book is a convenient and well-organized addition to [the Sage series]." --Tony Cline in Division of Educational & Child Psychology Newsletter "Donna M. Mertens and John McLaughlin have created a basic work that beautifully bridges the fields of research and special education. The document provides a step-by-step approach with clear, rich examples that should allow the user to plan and conduct a research study that meets the standards of both fields. My initial fears were that the authors would get caught up in the jargon of either research or special education and present a confusing array of concepts that would benefit neither researchers nor special educators. Those fears were soon alleviated when they indicated that a 'researcher may be doing footwork that more resembles a "cha cha" than a straightforward stroll.' The document is formatted in a manner that is easy to use with a map to each chapter at the beginning and study questions at the end. Mertens and McLaughlin have filled a unique gap in the research of special education issues." --Kenneth R. Olsen, Technical Assistance Specialist, University of Kentucky "This is a clear, sensitive, and user-friendly introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods in special education. A much-needed primer and a must read for researchers working with individuals with disabilities." --David Fetterman, Director of Research and Evaluation,

Research And Evaluation In Education And Psychology

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483322602
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Focused on increasing the credibility of research and evaluation, the Fourth Edition of Donna M. Mertens’s comprehensive Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into its descriptions of these methods. Providing specific advice on conducting research in culturally complex communities, the new edition has been updated to align with the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation requirements. Approximately sixty percent of the content in the Fourth Edition is new, updated with numerous contemporary examples, making this book one of the most comprehensive, accessible, and practical methods books available. Praise for the previous edition: “The organization of the text reflects the author’s intent, philosophy, and objectives . . . [Mertens] clearly presents approaches, descriptions, and many examples useful in conducting studies; she is to be commended for the thoroughness of her work.” —Frank D. Adams, Wayne State College “Excellent descriptions, definitions, examples, and narrative about social science theory and the various paradigms. Mertens’ use [of] a wide variety of social identities to provide her examples makes the text inclusive of a variety of diverse identities. It is also useful to see the differences between [research and evaluation] and to select methods appropriate to the intention of the inquiry.” —Katrina L. Rodriguez, University of Northern Colorado

Research Methods In Education And Psychology

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
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Focused on providing as full a picture as possible of what is considered to be "good" research, Research Methods in Education and Psychology explains quantitative and qualitative methods and incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into the descriptions of these methods. It not only covers two of the standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also a relatively new emancipatory paradigm that is inclusive of the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with disabilities. In each chapter, Donna M. Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process from the literature review to types of research method to analysis and reporting of quantitative or qualitative approaches. As an added plus, she includes a sample study and abstract in each chapter to illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter. To enhance your students reading, she has also included: - Chapter opening examples and lists of topics to consider - Boxed examples and points to consider - Sample studies in every chapter to illustrate key ideas - Sequence steps to guide each stage of the research process - End-of-chapter "Questions and Answers for Discussion and Application" to elicit further reflection of the material covered

Mixed Methods Design In Evaluation

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506330665
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In Mixed Methods Design in Evaluation, the first volume of SAGE's Evaluation in Practice Series, best-selling author Donna M. Mertens explores the meaning of mixed methods evaluation, its evolution over the last few decades, and the dominant philosophical frameworks that are influencing thought and practice in the field today. Four chapters explore evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions, development of instruments, systematic reviews, and policy evaluations, while an additional chapter covers evaluation approaches often required in specific contexts including gender responsive evaluations, needs assessment, and evaluations in conflict zones. Practical in nature, the book guides readers’ thinking about the design of mixed methods evaluations through the use of illustrative examples and explanations for further applications.

Current Issues And Trends In Special Education

Author: Festus E. Obiakor
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1848556691
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The field of special education constantly changes as a result of legislation, instructional formats and research investigations. Addressing the issues and trends in Special Education, this title covers identification, assessment and instruction. It also covers research, technology, and teacher preparation.

Research In Educational Settings

Author: Geoffrey M. Maruyama
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803942080
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This volume aims to help prospective educational researchers plan their research in schools more carefully. It focuses on such issues as: access and credibility in the school; traditional issues of designing research; questions that emerge as the design is imposed on the school culture and setting particularly with regard to school staff and student assessment; the length of interventions and whether or not to schedule follow-up studies; and how to interpret and communicate findings to schools and policy makers. Using personal experiences from their field research to illustrate key concepts, the authors have also included a research project to clarify the practical issues of school research.

The Handbook Of Social Research Ethics

Author: Donna M. Mertens
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 1412949181
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Brings together international scholars across the social and behavioural sciences and education to address those ethical issues that arise in the theory and practice of research within the technologically advancing and culturally complex world in which we live.