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Seale, Jane; Garcia Carrizosa, Helena; Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Hayhoe, Simon – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2021
In this paper, we will describe, justify and critique a participatory approach that we have developed in order to evaluate the success of a participatory research project that was exploring ways of making museum learning experiences more inclusive for adults who have a diverse range of access preferences. Because we were researching in a unique…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Participatory Research, Museums, Adult Learning
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Hanley, Pam; Chambers, Bette; Haslam, Jonathan – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are increasingly used to evaluate educational interventions in the UK. However, RCTs remain controversial for some elements of the research community. This paper argues that the widespread use of the term "gold standard" to describe RCTs is problematic, as it implies that other research methods are…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Educational Research, Case Studies, Elementary School Science
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O'Neill, D. Kevin – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
For almost two decades, there has been growing interest in what design-based research (DBR) can contribute to both educational practice and theory. Since its introduction into the literature, this orientation to educational research has repeatedly been likened to aeronautical engineering as a way to clarify its nature and argue its potential. This…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Design, Aviation Technology, Engineering
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O'Brien, Mark; Varga-Atkins, Tunde; Umoquit, Muriah; Tso, Peggy – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
This article addresses the under-theorization of visual techniques for social science research applications through the cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). The "problem" of "the visual" in research is given an ontological framing by highlighting the ways in which the use of visual techniques as research tools--designed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Participatory Research, Social Science Research, Theories
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Heath, Barbara; Lakshmanan, Aruna; Perlmutter, Aaron; Davis, Lori – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2010
Instrument choice is a crucial part of evaluation of professional development programmes. The use of multiple evaluation methods helps in triangulation, and offers insight into the developmental sequence involved in the changes in teacher beliefs and practice. Most current instruments are self-contained and not designed for use in conjunction with…
Descriptors: Evaluation Needs, Literature Reviews, Evaluation Methods, Professional Development
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Black-Hawkins, Kristine – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2010
This article examines the Framework for Participation: a research tool established to support a recently completed study. The research was undertaken to explore the relationship between achievement and inclusion because headteachers and teachers in some schools continue to resist becoming more inclusive in their student intake on the grounds that…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Academic Achievement, Inclusive Schools, Surveys
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Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2009
The author previously published a paper discussing how to conduct an analysis based on a cluster sample. In that paper, the author outlined several widely adopted alternative approaches, and pointed out that such approaches are anyway not needed for population figures, and not possible for non-probability samples. Thus, the author queried the…
Descriptors: Probability, Misconceptions, Reader Response, Research Methodology
Gorard, Stephen; Cook, Thomas – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This article started as a debate between the two authors. Both authors present a series of propositions about quality standards in education research. Cook's propositions, as might be expected, not only concern the importance of experimental trials for establishing the security of causal evidence, but also include some important practical and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Inferences, Research Methodology, Convergent Thinking
Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This article addresses the perennial issue of the criteria by which qualitative research should be evaluated. At the present time, there is a sharp conflict between demands for explicit criteria, for example in order to serve systematic reviewing and evidence-based practice, and arguments on the part of some qualitative researchers that such…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Evaluation Criteria, Research Problems
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