Search results for: Research methodology
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Contemporary Methodological Perspectives in Educational Research on ‘Teachers’ practice’: Assumptions and Shortcomings for ‘Effective Practices’
In the context of the major influence that ‘effectiveness’ is having internationally, this paper studies the contemporary methodological perspectives in educational research when considering teachers’ practice. It shows that current trends can be boiled down to: (1) naturalistic methodology, (2) descriptive methodology, and (3) the nonmethodological solution. It states two main conclusions: first, there is a neat continuity with traditional methodologies, which were in decline long ago; second, contemporary perspectives in educational research fail to provide a consistent methodological model for ‘effective practices’. The author finally draws some conclusions and makes some suggestions for the further development of methodology in educational research and teachers’ practice. This study is noteworthy for teachers’ practice, collaborations and partnerships, and also for the relationship amongst research/practice/policy, which is at the core of the implementation of educational systems.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2019
The present review describes a meta-analysis of findings from 50 controlled evaluations of intelligent computer tutoring systems. The median effect of intelligent tutoring in the 50 evaluations was to raise test scores 0.66 standard deviations over conventional levels, or from the 50th to the 75th percentile. However, the amount of improvement found in an evaluation depended to a great extent on whether improvement was measured on locally developed or standardized tests, suggesting that alignment of test and instructional objectives is a critical determinant of evaluation results.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
This article examines the challenges and the promises of complexity theory as a framework for teacher education research. One purpose is to elaborate the basic tenets of complexity theory, summarize its previous uses, and identify key challenges. A second purpose is to propose a new research platform that combines complexity theory with critical realism (CT-CR) and prompts a new set of empirical questions and research methods. This article concludes that the combination of complexity theory and critical realism offers a unique platform for teacher education research, which has theoretical consistency, methodological integrity, and practical significance.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2016
In this article, the authors argue Experience-sampling methods (ESM) can be particularly enriching for education research by enabling us to ask new and interesting questions about how students, teachers, and school leaders engage with education as they are living their lives and thus help us to better understand how education contexts shape learning and other outcomes. They highlight the value of these approaches for addressing new and exciting questions they may help education researchers to answer as they allow us to uncover experience in new ways.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
This study reviews the current literature on missing data handling methods within the special context of education research. The article summarizes the pros and cons of various methods and provides guidelines for future research in this area.
Updated: May. 05, 2015
This article describes the research method of visual juxtaposition. It explains that visual juxtaposition is inquiry through contrast, facilitated by side-by-side positioning of two images, or images and text. When combined with a theoretical foundation that explores interactions between the material and discursive elements of visual data, juxtaposition creates opportunities for qualitative analysis that are not as readily apparent when individual images are considered.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2015
Multiple Enactments of Method, Divergent Hinterlands and Production of Multiple Realities in Educational Research
The article seeks to discuss how different research methods and approaches influence in practice. It examines how divergent disciplinary hinterlands influence the enactments of research methods. It also explores how the choice of research approach affects the types of knowledge and realities produced in the research process.
Updated: Apr. 30, 2015
This article compares two different procedures for incorporating translation in education qualitative research. Its goal is providing a clear depiction of the complexities involved in translating qualitative data and the strengths and weaknesses of each procedure. Taking into account the resource constraints often faced by novice qualitative researchers, this article provides some strategies that can be employed in similar contexts.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2015
This article reanalyzed research previously conducted with Spanish-speaking childcare providers who participated in an educational literacy program. The women in the program were generally framed as illiterate, immigrant women. Through the process, the authors revealed the inner flame of the participants in the study. Furthermore, through the collision of their own worldviews, they also exposed more deeply the assumptions buried within their epistemologies, methodologies, and positionalities.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2015
This study analyzed the complete publication history of the current top 100 education journals ranked by 5-year impact factor. The results emphasize the importance of third-party, direct replications in helping education research improve its ability to shape education policy and practice.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2015