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Nieminen, Timo A.; Choi, Serene Hyun-Jin – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
Quantitative behaviour analysis requires the classification of behaviour to produce the basic data. This can be challenging when the theoretical taxonomy does not match observational limitations, or if a theoretical taxonomy is unavailable. Binary keys allow qualitative observation to be used to modify a theoretical taxonomy to produce a practical…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Science Research, Classification, Identification
Spindler, John – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
This article argues that fictional writing has the potential to make a distinctive contribution to educational scholarship but brings challenges to conventional ways in which educational research is judged. It focuses on the discipline required by fictional writing and on the interplay between reader and text. It is argued that the rigour and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Figurative Language, Professional Education, Fiction
Bai, Haiyan; Pan, Wei – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
Resampling methods including randomization test, cross-validation, the jackknife and the bootstrap are widely employed in the research areas of natural science, engineering and medicine, but they lack appreciation in educational research. The purpose of the present review is to revisit and highlight the key principles and developments of…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Educational Research, Program Validation, Statistical Surveys
Shaker, Paul; Ruitenberg, Claudia – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
The US Federal Government is forcefully prescribing a narrow definition of "scientifically-based" educational research. US policy, emerging from contemporary neoliberal and technocratic viewpoints and funded and propagated on a large scale, has the potential to influence international thinking on educational research. In this article we continue a…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Research, Definitions, Public Policy
Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This paper presents an argument against the wider adoption of complex forms of data analysis, using multi-level modeling (MLM) as an extended case study. MLM was devised to overcome some deficiencies in existing datasets, such as the bias caused by clustering. The paper suggests that MLM has an unclear theoretical and empirical basis, has not led…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Research Methodology, Error of Measurement, Error Correction
Wall, Kate; Higgins, Steve – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper describes a research tool which aims to gather data about pupils' views of learning and teaching, with a particular focus on their thinking about their learning (metacognition). The approach has proved to be an adaptable and effective technique to examine different learning contexts from the pupils' perspective, while also acting as an…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Research Tools, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Parker, Andrew; Tritter, Jonathan – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper considers the contemporary use of focus groups as a method of data collection within qualitative research settings. The authors draw upon their own experiences of using focus groups in educational and "community" user-group environments in order to provide an overview of recent issues and debates surrounding the deployment of focus…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Data Collection
Whitworth, Andrew – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper develops a critical methodology which could be applied to the study and use of e-learning environments. The foundations are, first, an ontological appreciation of environments as multiple, dynamic and interactive: this is based on the environmental theories of Vladimir Vernadsky. The next step is then into epistemology, and here use is…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Environment, Computer Mediated Communication, Epistemology
McMurtry, Angus – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper explores the similarities and differences between complexity science's and cultural-historical activity theory's understandings of human learning. Notable similarities include their emphasis on the importance of social systems or collectives in understanding human knowledge and practices, as well as their characterization of systems'…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Learning Processes, Social Systems, Cognitive Processes
Gasman, Marybeth; Payton-Stewart, Lucretia – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
In this article, the authors engage in a conversation about outsider research around issues of African American history and education. They focus on issues of agency, respect, and core cultural knowledge. The authors also develop an ethical code by which outsider researchers, in collaboration with insiders, can explore the history, culture, and…
Descriptors: Sororities, African American History, African American Education, Ethics
Gibbs, Paul; Costley, Carol – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
The ethical considerations that university students have to be concerned about when undertaking research projects are a matter for a range of publications and committees. This article considers the terms of reference of ethical considerations in students' research projects, given the number of researchers who are now doing research within their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Graduate Students, Research Projects
Hahs-Vaughn, Debbie L. – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
Oversampling and cluster sampling must be addressed when analyzing complex sample data. This study: (a) compares parameter estimates when applying weights versus not applying weights; (b) examines subset selection issues; (c) compares results when using standard statistical software (SPSS) versus specialized software (AM); and (d) offers…
Descriptors: Multivariate Analysis, Sampling, Data Analysis, Error of Measurement
Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper reconsiders long-term, national or socially contextualized trends in a number of important education areas commonly addressed by policy interventions. These include widening participation, teacher training, school performance, the use of targets, and student assessment. In each case, it is very difficult to sustain an argument that…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Educational Policy, Intervention, Policy Analysis
Sikes, Pat – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper considers some of the decisions that researchers take and raises issues around researcher reflexivity, identity, values and ethics. It focuses attention on researchers and reflects on how the research they do, the topics they investigate, the methodologies they espouse, the methods they use and the writing/reporting styles they adopt,…
Descriptors: Researchers, Integrity, Ethics, Educational Research
Cooper, Barry; Harries, Tony – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2005
Children of 10-11 years of age were interviewed while undertaking a range of mathematic problems, most of which embedded mathematical operations in textually represented realistic settings. One problem, concerning a lift moving people in the morning rush, comprised a division-with-remainder problem in which children are required, conventionally,…
Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Working Class, Interviews, Preadolescents
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