This is a new edition of one of our best-selling textbooks. The authors have thoroughly updated the fourth edition and included more text on current developments in research practice, action research, developments in ICT, questionnaire design, ethnographic research, conducting needs analysis, constructing and using tests, observational methods, reliability and validity, ethical issues and curriculum research.
The entire text has been redesigned to cater for the increasingly sophisticated needs of the educational researcher. The new edition is more comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly, with increased accessibility. The authors, who are experienced teachers in the field, have produced a better written book (if that's possible) containing readable and realistic views of research and methodology, and show how to interpret the data.

part |2 pages

Part one

chapter 1|44 pages

The nature of inquiry

part |2 pages

Part two

chapter 3|19 pages

Research design issues: planning research

chapter 4|13 pages


chapter 5|30 pages

Validity and reliability

part |2 pages

Part three

chapter 6|21 pages

Naturalistic and ethnographic research

chapter 7|11 pages

Historical research

chapter 9|10 pages

Case studies

chapter 10|14 pages

Correlational research

chapter 11|6 pages

Ex post facto research

chapter 13|17 pages

Action research

part |2 pages

Part four

chapter 14|22 pages


chapter 15|26 pages


chapter 16|12 pages


chapter 17|12 pages


chapter 18|20 pages


chapter 19|12 pages

Personal constructs

chapter 20|21 pages

Multi-dimensional measurement

chapter 21|11 pages


part |2 pages

Part five

chapter 22|13 pages

Recent developments