This fully updated sixth edition of the international bestseller Research Methods in Education covers the whole range of methods currently employed by educational research at all stages. It is divided into five main parts: the context of educational research; planning educational research; styles of educational research; strategies for data collection and researching; and data analysis. The book also contains references to a comprehensive dedicated website of accompanying materials.

The sixth edition includes new material on:

  • complexity theory, ethics, sampling and sensitive educational research
  • experimental research, questionnaire design and administration with practical guidance
  • qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with practical examples
  • internet based research.

Research Methods in Education is essential reading for the professional researcher and continues to be the standard text for students and lecturers in educational research.

To access the dedicated website of accompanying materials, please visit: www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415368780.

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Part 1 The context of educational research

part |2 pages

Part 2 Planning educational research

chapter 3|22 pages

Planning educational research

chapter 4|19 pages


chapter 5|14 pages

Sensitive educational research

chapter 6|32 pages

Validity and reliability

part |2 pages

Part 3 Styles of educational research

chapter 7|24 pages

Naturalistic and ethnographic research

chapter 8|14 pages

Historical and documentary research

chapter 10|27 pages

Internet-based research and computer usage

chapter 11|11 pages

Case studies

chapter 12|8 pages

Ex post facto research

chapter 14|18 pages

Action research

part |2 pages

Part 4 Strategies for data collection and researching

chapter 15|32 pages


chapter 16|35 pages


chapter 17|12 pages


chapter 18|18 pages


chapter 19|21 pages


chapter 20|13 pages

Personal constructs

chapter 21|11 pages


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Part 5 Data analysis

chapter 22|14 pages

Approaches to qualitative data analysis

chapter 23|26 pages

Content analysis and grounded theory

chapter 24|58 pages

Quantitative data analysis

chapter 26|7 pages

Choosing a statistical test