Reviews: Educational research

41 reviews found for "Educational research"
Book review : A student's guide to methodology
This is a book review of A student's guide to methodology by Peter Clough, Cathy Nutbrown, published by Sage in 2007, ISBN 9781412929134. It was reviewed by Dr. Julie Anderson of ESCalate at the University of Bristol. It is divided into three main sections. Each contain between two and four chapters. Within each of these there are suggestions for activities, useful chapter summaries of the key points and suggestions for further readings. Part 1...
Book review : Culture and the unconscious
This is a book review of Culture and the unconscious, edited by Caroline Bainbridge et al. and published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007, ISBN 9781403986221. It was reviewed by Malcolm Barry of the Learning from Experience Trust on behalf of ESCalate. The book is a collection of essays, mostly short, and suffers from the weaknesses and profits from the strengths of such a collection. It aims to illuminate how cultural questions can be addressed by...
Book review : Development and learning for very young children
This is a book review of Development and learning for very young children edited by Hilary Fabian and Claire Mould and publiahed by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847873934. It was reviewed by Sandra Shaffi of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The structure of the book provides a clear explanation of the key issues in childcare and education today. The book successfully divides into four self contained sections; Developing & Learning, Policy...
Book review : Doing action research : a guide for school support staff
This is a book review of Doing action research : a guide for school support staff, by Claire Taylor, Min Wilkie, Judith Baser, published by Paul Chapman Educational Publishing in 2006, ISBN 9781412912785. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is very much a manual rather than a textbook. In six short chapters and less than 100 pages we are presented with a guide that should enable us to complete...
Book review : Doing your education research project
This is a book review of Doing your education research project by Neil Burton et al. published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412947558. It was reviewed by Dr. Fiona Hyland of ESCalate at the University of Bristol. The book is divided into three sections: 1) Think before you do, 2) Planning and preparation, 3) Reporting - making sense of the outcomes. Each section is broken down into chapters with 12 in total. This concise text has plenty of...
Book review : How to be an effective supervisor
This is a book review of How to be an effective supervisor by Adrian Eley and Rowena Murray, published by McGraw Hill Education in 2009, ISBN 9780335222957. It was reviewed by Stylianos Hatzipanagos of King's College London on behalf of ESCalate. This is a book which aims at being used as a manual in supervision training and as a source of reference for supervisors. The premise is that the precepts of the Quality Assurance Agency’s Code of...
Book review : Improving services for young children : from Sure Start to Children's Centres
This is a book review of Improving services for young children : from Sure Start to Children's Centres by Angela Anning and Mog Ball, published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412948227. It was reviewed by Maggie Leese of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. The format of the book is clear and the style of writing is very readable and engaging. Chapters are grouped in four parts and draw on both national evaluations and recent...
Book review : Key concepts in education
This is a book review of Key concepts in education by Fred Inglis and Lesley Aers published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412903158. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book is aimed at undergraduates studying education, but would also serve as a useful pedagogical tool for social sciences. The articles are short, indexed and referenced in a way which, one hopes, will encourage...
Book review : Key issues for education researchers
This is a book review of Key issues for education researchers by Diana Burton, Steve Bartlett, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847873583. It was reviewed by Mary McAteer on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to introduce the reader to the nature of research and how it can be conducted. The book starts by mapping out the territory and context for educational research, discussing paradigms and perspectives, and significantly, ethical approaches...
Book review : Low-cost private education : impacts on achieving universal primary education
This is a book review of Low-cost private education : impacts on achieving universal primary education by Ian Smith et al., published by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2008, ISBN 9780850928808. It was reviewed by Margaret Smith on behalf of ESCalate. The book is based on a study of low-cost private schools in India, Nigeria and Uganda. Methodological challenges facing the study clearly identified, for example, the differences in categorisation...
Book review : Perspectives on participation and inclusion : engaging education
This is a book review of Perspectives on participation and inclusion : engaging education edited by Suanne Gibson and Joanna Haynes, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781847060204. It was reviewed by Susan Wilkinson of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff on behalf of ESCalate. This book would be useful and of interest to students on Education Studies programmes, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and also students and professionals...
Book review : Promoting effective group work in the primary classroom : a handbook for teachers and practitioners
This is book review of Promoting effective group work in the primary classroom : a handbook for teachers and practitioners by Ed Baines et al., published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415416870. It was reviewed by Mark Jenkins of the University of Winchester on behalf of ESCalate. The book is the result of a four year study known as the SPRinG project (Social and Pedagogical Research into Group Work). The research was based on pupils in the 5-14...
Book review : Qualitative research in international settings
This is a book review of Qualitative research in international settings by David Stephens, published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415280587. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book on qualitative research is an impressive introduction to this area of research and presents a range of informed, pertinent themes with clarity and style. There are three parts: the first section on...
Book review : Research and evaluation for educational development : learning from the PRISM experience in Kenya
This is a book review of Research and evaluation for educational development : learning from the PRISM experience in Kenya by Michael Crossley et al., part of the Bristol Papers in Education series, ISBN 9781873927205. It has been reviewed by Jenny Hughes on behalf of ESCalate. PRISM is the Primary School Management Project, which started in Kenya in 1996 with support from DFID and the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology...
Book review : Researching schools : stories from a schools-university partnership for educational research
This is a book review of Researching schools : stories from a schools-university partnership for educational research by Colleen McLaughlin et al., published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN 9780415388429. It was reviewed by John Butcher of the University of Northampton on behalf of ESCalate. This book details the trials, minor successes and ultimate failure of the partnership (or more correctly series of partnerships) to transform a group of secondary...
Book review : Rethinking english in schools : a new and constructive stage
Book review : Rethinking English in schools : a new and constructive stage, edited by Viv Ellis, Carol Fox and Brian Street, published by Continuum in 2007, ISBN 9780826499226. It was reviewed by John Butcher of University College Falmouth, on behalf of ESCalate. This edited collection originated in an Oxford conference, - Why English? The editors and contributors are researchers in English Teacher Education, representing UK, US and Australian...
Book review : The SAGE handbook of educational action research
This is a book review of The SAGE handbook of educational action research edited by Susan E Noffke and Bridget Somekh, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781412947084. It was reviewed by Jonathan Tummons of the University of Teesside on behalf of ESCalate. The book is divided into sections, each of which has a core theme that then allows the authors of individual chapters to contribute in their own distinctive voices, from a variety of...
Book review : The value of play
This is a book review of The value of play by Perry Else published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9780826495655. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The Value of Play has 10 chapters – each a dozen or so pages only. Perry Else has much to say and necessarily – in such a short text – has to compress his material. It does have a Euro-centric tone. All the material in the chapter on the history of what play is...
Book review : Think positively! A course for developing coping skills in adolescents
This is a book review of Think positively! A course for developing coping skills in adolescents by Erica Frydenberg, published by Continuum in 2010, ISBN 9781441124814. It was reviewed by Liam Casey of the University of Bristol on behalf of ESCalate. Frydenberg draws together techniques from many different fields of psychology, counselling and education to give adolescents a broad array of techniques for coping with the stresses of life. The book...
Book review : Working with texts : a core introduction to language analysis
This is a book review of Working with texts : a core introduction to language analysis edited by Adrian Beard, published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 9780415414241. It was reviewed by Susan Wilkinson of the University of Portsmouth on behalf of ESCalate. This book is written for anyone with an interest in analysing spoken and written language. It assumes no previous knowledge, and therefore helpfully explains new terms and concepts throughout the...
Book review: Achieving your Masters in teaching and learning
This is a book review of Achieving your Masters in teaching and learning by Mary McAteer et al., published by Learning Matters in 2010, ISBN 9781844452149. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This books describes itself as 'a core text for all those taking the new Masters level qualification in Teaching and Learning (MTL).' It covers topics such as teaching, learning, assessing, subject knowledge,...
Book Review: Action Research and Postmodernism: Congruence and critique (Series: Conducting Educational Research)
This book is based upon a masters programme for teachers. It describes, with examples from teachers' writings, how practitioners have researched their own experience, and reflected upon it. At the heart of the book is a very clear critique of Action Research. The authors argue that Action Research is to be understood as part of the modern project, and rather utopian in its perspective. The base assumption is that the world can be made a better...
Book Review: Action Research for Improving Practice
This is a fine introductory text touching the topics: What is action research?, Getting started, Reviewing literature, Planning action, Analysing data, and Writing up and reporting your action research. The narrative is well structured and clearly written with supporting case studies addressing Action Research from a Teacher’s perspective
Book Review: Action Research: Principles and Practice (second edition)
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the values and practices involved in action research. The crucial link between self-study and personal influence is clearly articulated and examples from the author's own work along with the work of her course members provide good illustrations of this
Book Review: Becoming a Teacher
'If you are learning how to be a teacher, then this book has been written for you.' So begins the second edition of this well known reader written and compiled by a group at the School of Education, Kings College, London. New chapters, including citizenship, literacy and inspection, bring the book up to date without diluting either the quality or accessibility of the read. The book is aimed at the trainee and newly qualified teacher, though it is...
Book review: Children, their world, their education : final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review
This is a book review of Children, their World, their Education - Final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review, edited by Robin Alexander and published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415548717. It was reviewed by Mark Jenkins of the University of Winchester on behalf of ESCalate. The Cambridge Review was a major research project on the future of primary education in England. It made 75 recommendations for the future of...
Book Review: Doing Early Childhood Research - International Perspectives on Theory and Practice
This edited book provides guidance and illustrative examples for anyone interested in researching the age group identified within the 'early childhood' category. The chapter authors come from a variety of different fields and their chapters explore a range of issues from a general discussion of research paradigms to the implications that changing views of children and childhood have for research into early childhood
Book Review: Empowering Researchers in Further Education
As the title implies, this book is partly about the idea of empowerment through doing research, and partly an attempt to engender empowerment. For the most part, this is a well-written, friendly text that will go a long way to persuade FE practitioners that there are benefits to getting involved in a research process of some kind. It is especially strong on the topics such as how to plan a small-scale study, gaining access, dealing with the...
Book Review: Fieldwork in Educational Settings: methods, pitfalls and perspectives
'…doing research is a similar exercise to going on a voyage of discovery,' says Delamont and what she has achieved in this book is a thoroughly appealing and readable, perhaps even inspiring, 'travellers' companion to carrying out a piece of research using qualitative methods. It takes the reader from identifying the project and doing the initial reading to writing up and publishing the finished work
Book Review: Handbook of Online Education
This practitioner-focused handbook, addressing the ‘stuff’ of online learning, was a joy to read and review. Interestingly labelled almost a ‘recipe book’ by its authors, this resource book draws substantially on Salmon (2000, 2002), Stephenson (2001) and Garrison and Anderson (2003) in offering practitioners: the underpinning theories in a reader-friendly language, detailed guidelines akin to lesson plans for the facilitation of online learning,...
Book review: Making space for creativity
This is a book review of Making space for creativity, edited by Paul Martin and published online in 2010, ISBN 9781905593125. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is about The Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton which undertakes research into aspects of creativity and its effective practice and application. It begins with an interesting discussion in relation to learning and...
Book Review: Non-western Educational Traditions: Indigenous Approaches to Educational Thought and Practice (Sociocultural, Political & Historical Studies in Education)
I opened Reagan’s new edition of ‘Non-Western Educational Traditions’ eagerly as his second edition (Reagan, 2000) had indicated that a future area of study should be ‘the interaction between traditional forms of educational thought and practice and imposed Western ones’ (p.253 this volume). The last few years have seen a welcome upsurge in indigenous writings on epistemological ethnocentrism which are beginning to give us a rich insight into the...
Book Review: Reading Educational Research and Policy
The aim of Reading Educational Research and Policy is simply stated as extending and developing the educational literacy of its readers. The intended readers are student teachers, teacher trainers (sic) and inservice teachers. Its starting point is that all educational texts are constructed in certain ways and on the basis of certain (usually powerful) interests and therefore need to be read as such if they are to be properly understood and used....
Book Review: Reflective Practice in Educational Research
The book addresses major and current issues in educational research: that most of it is not of very good quality and that it has little impact on policy and practice. However, this is not a diatribe against research and researchers. Rather it is a reasoned rationale for the need to pay attention to critical issues in the research process. The author uses her own professional development as a researcher and her own research data and findings to...
Book Review: Rethinking Schooling (Education Heritage)
The co-authors of Rethinking Schooling describe their work as “An important resource for students of Curriculum Studies.” Reviewing the volume in the persona of one such student I find this to be a legitimate claim. Delving in to the text my senses were immediately aroused as I was immersed in the musty wooden smell and atmosphere of 17th century schoolrooms. Rather amusingly, the author of the first chapter on origins and development of the...
Book Review: Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of Place: An International Perspective
In this collection lifelong learning is linked to social capital, the development of regions and the management of place. Presentations made at the third international PASCAL Observatory conference in October 2005 are drawn on and developed so that research which looked at those policies and practices implemented at local and regional levels can be explored further. The collection reflects the far reaching changes that are taking place in...
Book Review: Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. (3rd edition)
As the title suggests, the aim of this book is to bring together, in a single volume of modest size, a discussion of the issues, methods and processes of social research. This entails examining not only social theory, methodology and method, but also, importantly, the relationships between them in terms of, for example, the place of values and ethics in research practice
Book Review: Teaching And Learning A Second Language: A Guide To Recent Research And Its Applications
This is an excellent book and I recommend it strongly to any teachers looking for clear guidance on what research currently tells us about the complex processes involved in learning a second or foreign language. Macaro’s focus is on providing teachers with the research support they need in order to make informed choices about their classroom practice, and his primary concern is not EFL/ESL (English language learning and teaching) but teachers and...
Book Review: The Human Rights Handbook: A Global Perspective for Education
It would be preferable if this excellent handbook could be rendered totally superfluous to anyone involved in policy relating to human rights and dignity. However the content covers issues that are critical to populations in every part of the world. These vital humanitarian policy areas are placed soundly in a regulatory context with wide reference to associated authorities and interest groups. This is definitely a practical guidebook which is...
Book Review: Theory of Education
Professor David Turner has a strong point of view on educational theory and research, and he argues his case clearly, drawing on ideas and examples from philosophy, science and mathematics, as well as his own classroom experiences as a secondary school teacher of physics, to illustrate his position. For researchers or policy-makers who want to re-examine their assumptions about educational theory and research, this challenging book may provide...
Book review: Winning the H factor : the secrets of happy schools
This is a book review of Winning the H factor : the secrets of happy schools by Alistair Smith, Joanna Reid and Sir John Jones, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781855395701. It was reviewed by Helen Jelfs of the University of Bristol on behalf of ESCalate. This book argues that enough is known about the positive benefits of happiness for individuals, groups and communities to be happier. The authors argue that positivity is central to...