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Proffitt, Merrilee; Michalko, James; Renspie, Melissa – OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2015
What began with a few libraries' early application of ethnographic methods to learn more about user behaviors and needs has grown to become a significant body of work done across many institutions using a broad range of methods. User-centered investigations are increasingly influential in discussions about the shape and future of the research…
Descriptors: Use Studies, Research Libraries, Library Role, Library Research
Vincent, Carol – Institute of Education - London, 2012
Professor Carol Vincent gets the 2012 Professorial Lecture series underway with a thought provoking talk drawing on research projects conducted over the last twelve years. The lecture will explore factors identified in current policy, media, and other social and political forums as the risks and responsibilities of contemporary parenting, with a…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Risk, Ethnic Groups, Social Class
Babchuk, Wayne A. – Online Submission, 2011
This study traces the evolution of grounded theory from a nuclear to an extended family of methods and considers the implications that decision-making based on informed choices throughout all phases of the research process has for realizing the potential of grounded theory for advancing adult education theory and practice. [This paper was…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Educational Theories, Adult Education, Research Methodology
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Brooks, Gordon P. – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2011
As lines between research paradigms continue to blur with the ever-increasing popularity of mixed methods research, there are useful, and occasionally oxymoronic, opportunities for educational researchers to juxtapose tools from opposing methods. The gold standard is just not possible in so much of what we do with small-scale research, nor is it…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Educational Researchers, Models
National Academies Press, 2010
"Report of a Workshop on the Scope and Nature of Computational Thinking" presents a number of perspectives on the definition and applicability of computational thinking. For example, one idea expressed during the workshop is that computational thinking is a fundamental analytical skill that everyone can use to help solve problems, design…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Design
Fulmer, Gavin W. – Online Submission, 2010
School accountability decisions based on standardized tests hinge on the degree of alignment of the test with a state's standards. Yet no established criteria were available for judging strength of alignment. Previous studies of alignment among tests, standards, and teachers' instruction have yielded mixed results that are difficult to interpret…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Hypothesis Testing, Accountability, Criterion Referenced Tests
Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is committed to bringing together museums and libraries across the country for conversations dedicated to developing a better understanding of the roles of libraries and museums as providers of public service to communities. The Future of Libraries and Museums in the 21st Century Planning…
Descriptors: Library Role, Museums, Libraries, Library Services
Herman, William E. – Online Submission, 2008
This paper outlines a qualitative research tool designed to explore personal identity formation as described by Erik Erikson and offers self-reflective and anonymous evaluative comments made by college students after completing this task. Subjects compiled a list of 200 myths, customs, fables, rituals, and beliefs from their family of origin and…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Identification (Psychology)
Nevin, Ann; Smith, Robin – Online Submission, 2007
The authors support role changes for educational practitioners who work with children and youth with disabilities as they make important transitions. Principles from critical pedagogy and disability studies are summarized to provide a new theoretical framework to support role changes. Rather than needs-based services that focus on helping those…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Disabilities, School Psychologists, Elementary Secondary Education
Bunning, Frank, Ed.; Zhao, Zhi-Qun, Ed. – UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 2006
The UNESCO International Meeting on Innovation and Excellence in TVET Teacher Education took place in Hangzhou/China in November 2004. The main aim of this conference was to establish a platform for discussion about improving the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The focal point was the development and…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Sustainable Development
Rathbun, Amy; West, Jerry; Walston, Jill – Online Submission, 2005
This study compares various approaches for incorporating family risk factors in explanatory models of children's achievement over the first 4 years of school. Living in poverty, in a single-parent household, in a household whose primary home language is non-English, and having a mother with less than a high school diploma are well-known risk…
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Risk, At Risk Persons, Family Environment
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard University, 2005
On September 22-23, 2005, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and the C.S. Mott Foundation convened the After School Evaluation Symposium, with over 100 researchers, evaluators, policymakers, and practitioners, in Washington, DC. The goal of the interactive 2-day meeting was to bring together the perspectives of diverse stakeholders to inspire…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Quality, Professional Development, Educational Improvement
Andrews, Sandra Sutton; Jannasch-Pennell, Angel; DiGangi, Samuel A. – Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2005
The existence of a "digital divide" in which portions of society do not have sufficient access to technology or the information and skills that technology use imparts was of concern for educators and policy makers even before home computers were easily connected to the Internet. As new technologies (such as broadband Internet access),…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Technology Integration, Self Efficacy, Low Income Groups
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Vulliamy, Graham – Compare A Journal of Comparative Education, 2004
This is a revised version of the 2003 British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) Presidential Address delivered at the 7th Oxford International Conference on Education and Development. The processes of globalisation have been viewed by some as a major threat to the qualitative research tradition in education. Two main…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research
Acker, Jon Charles; Hughes, William W.; Fendley, William R., Jr. – Online Submission, 2004
Alabama's primary competitor in recruiting is in-state rival Auburn University which lures away roughly one in eight of UA's admitted students. Two factors stand above all others in attracting students to UA--academic reputation and social activities reputation. Factors following distantly are a visit to the UA campus, financial assistance and the…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Choice, Student Recruitment, Enrollment Management
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