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Making Sense of Research

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Informationen zum Autor Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional developm... Lire la suite
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Informationen zum Autor Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What's Good, What's Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001). McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.McEwan lives with her husband and business partner, E. Raymond Adkins, in Oro Valley, Arizona. Between them, Elaine and Ray have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Klappentext In this book, the authors bring the best of two worlds to the writing of this book - the "real" world where education is practiced daily and the "research" world where the "disciplined search for knowledge" (Smith & Glass, 1987, p.6) is ongoing. This book is for those who make decisions - from the seemingly smallest teacher-made decision regarding time allocation during reading instruction to major national policy decisions such as reducing class size. When carefully read and thoughtfully considered, quality research can inform, enlighten, and provide direction to practitioners that will save time and money, but more importantly enhance the effectiveness of schools and increase the opportunities for student. Making sense of research is also about doing your own site-specific, user-driven research as a way of sustaining school improvement, keeping vision alive, and attaining your mission. Zusammenfassung This book is for practitioners at all levels! from teachers making site-specific decisions to administrators making schoolwide and policy decisions. Inhaltsverzeichnis Foreword - Henry M. Levin Preface The Goals of This Book Who This Book Is For What This Book Is Not Overview of the Contents A Few Words of Explanation About the Authors 1. Asking the Right Questions What Is Our Approach to Making Sense of Research? Five Questions About Research Four Case Studies of Education Research Further Reading 2. Behind the Scenes in the World of Education Research The World of Education Research Who Does Education Research? Who Pays for It? Where Is It Published? Can You Trust Education Research? What Does the Future Hold for Education Research? Does Education Research Really Matter? Further Reading 3. The Causal Questions: Does It Work? (Part I) The Causality Conundrum Simple (Minded) Methods of Establishing Causality What Can Go Wrong With Experiments? Why Are Experiments So Unpopular With Education Teachers ...

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In this book, the authors bring the best of two worlds to the writing of this book - the "real" world where education is practiced daily and the "research" world where the "disciplined search for knowledge" (Smith & Glass, 1987, p.6) is ongoing. This book is for those who make decisions - from the seemingly smallest teacher-made decision regarding time allocation during reading instruction to major national policy decisions such as reducing class size. When carefully read and thoughtfully considered, quality research can inform, enlighten, and provide direction to practitioners that will save time and money, but more importantly enhance the effectiveness of schools and increase the opportunities for student. Making sense of research is also about doing your own site-specific, user-driven research as a way of sustaining school improvement, keeping vision alive, and attaining your mission.



Résumé
This book is for practitioners at all levels, from teachers making site-specific decisions to administrators making schoolwide and policy decisions.

Contenu

Foreword - Henry M. Levin
Preface
The Goals of This Book
Who This Book Is For
What This Book Is Not
Overview of the Contents
A Few Words of Explanation
About the Authors
1. Asking the Right Questions
What Is Our Approach to Making Sense of Research?
Five Questions About Research
Four Case Studies of Education Research
Further Reading
2. Behind the Scenes in the World of Education Research
The World of Education Research
Who Does Education Research?
Who Pays for It?
Where Is It Published?
Can You Trust Education Research?
What Does the Future Hold for Education Research?
Does Education Research Really Matter?
Further Reading
3. The Causal Questions: Does It Work? (Part I)
The Causality Conundrum
Simple (Minded) Methods of Establishing Causality
What Can Go Wrong With Experiments?
Why Are Experiments So Unpopular With Education Teachers
Further Reading
4 The Causal Question: Does It Work? (Part II)
Quasi-Experiments and Non-Experiments
The Researcher's Bag of Tricks
Quasi-Experimental Approaches
Non-Experimental Approaches
Further Reading
5. The Process Question: How Does It Work?
What Is Qualitative Research?
The Qualities of Qualitative Research
The Power of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research Methods
From Whence Comes the Quality in Qualitative Research?
Further Reading
6. The Cost Question: Is It Worthwhile?
The Concept of Costs
The Ingredients Method of Cost Analysis
Two Important Cost Questions
Further Reading
7. The Usability Question: Will It Work for Me?
Will it Work in My Setting?
Some Rules of Thumb for Making Generalizations
Research Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Special Considerations for Qualitative and Cost Studies
Making Trade-Offs
Further Reading
8. The Evaluation Question: Is It Working for Me?
What Is User-Driven Research?
User-Driven Research at Lincoln Middle School
Asking the Right Questions
Refocusing on Outcomes
Defining the Problems
Exemplars of User-Driven Research
Further Reading
Resource: Bibliographies for Case Studies
Class Size Reduction
Phonics Instruction
Private-School Vouchers
Whole-School Reform
References
Index

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Making Sense of Research
Sous-titre: What's Good, What's Not, and How To Tell the Difference
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9780761977087
ISBN: 978-0-7619-7708-7
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: SAGE Publications Inc
Genre: Sciences naturelles en général
nombre de pages: 200
Poids: 380g
Taille: H254mm x B177mm
Année: 2003