Reviews: Research

13 reviews found for "Research"
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 : Writing for academic journals
This is a book review of Writing for academic journals by Rowena Murray, published by the Open University Press in 2005, ISBN 9780335213924. It was reviewed by Linda Barlow-Meade of Northumbria University on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to develop academic writing skills and thereby increase the likelihood of successful submissions of academic papers. Murray makes the point that there is an assumption that writing is what academics ‘do’....
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 in Teaching and Learning: A practical guide to conducting pedagogical research in universities
Book Review: Action Research in Teaching and Learning: A practical guide to conducting pedagogical research in universities
Book Review: Analysing Discourse - Textual analysis for social research
The focus of this book is explicit: it is on analysing texts with a view to their social effects. The author looks at texts 'dynamically' by examining how social agents make or 'texture' their texts by setting up relations between their elements. Fairclough takes us through the various aspects of textual or discourse analysis. Part One examines texts, social events and social practices as well as intertextuality and assumptions. Part Two focuses...
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: 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: Life History Research in Educational Settings: learning from lives
This is the eighth volume in an excellent series on aspects of qualitative research in educational settings. The books provide the background to, and rationale for, a particular method, and, perhaps more importantly, a critical examination of its value in reconceptualising research problems. In that way they are as much about methodology as about method, and serve as a timely reminder that the distinctive aspects of qualitative research concern...
Book Review: Qualitative Educational Research in Action: Doing and Reflecting
For a book concerned with research methods, this is a surprisingly good read. It consists of nine chapters by researchers who had used a qualitative strategy in their research plus a chapter that gives an editorial perspective. The researchers were all postgraduate students and the quality of their work is a testament to the excellence of their training. What is particularly valuable about these presentations is that each shows the interplay...
Book Review: Qualitative Research in Education: Interaction and Practice
If you are looking for a 'how to' text on qualitative research then you would be better advised to choose another book. While Freebody's book does give some guidance on the selection and application of method, it rests on foundations that are as much about an argument for a qualitative research paradigm. How far this reflects the Australian context in which the author works is not clear. What is apparent from this book (and Qualitative...
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: Research Methods in Educational Leadership and Management
It must be said at the outset that the title of the book reflects its provenance rather than its content. Although the majority of contributors are, or have been, involved in the teaching of leadership and management, especially at the University of Leicester, its contents have relevance for all types of research in the field of education except perhaps for controlled experimental studies. The approaches covered included surveys and sampling...
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