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Ross, Karen; Call-Cummings, Meagan – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2020
Across our combined 15 years of experience as methodologists and research methodology instructors, we have found that the concept of 'failure' is only a small portion of methodological literature and is similarly missing from scholarship on teaching and learning social science research methodology. We define failure in terms of our inability as…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Research Methodology, Failure, Social Science Research
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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
Wang, Jianjun – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
As an alternative to statistical testing, effect size has a non-monotonic linkage with practical importance. Besides random variance and systematic bias, a proper interpretation of effect size hinges on its implication to outcomes of deductive and/or inductive enquiries. Consequently, a small effect size might suggest an important finding, and the…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Statistical Significance, Statistical Inference, Evaluation
Hutchison, Dougal; Schagen, Ian – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
A recent issue of "International Journal of Research & Methods in Education" (IJRME) contained a challenging article by Stephen Gorard ["The Dubious Benefits of Multi-Level Modelling," "International Journal of Research & Method in Education," Vol. 30 (2), p221-236 (2007)] in which he attacks aspects of current practice in statistical modelling,…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Models, Criticism, Reader Response
Hammersley, Martyn – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2008
There has been considerable discussion in recent years about the role in educational research of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews (SR). Advocacy of these methods arose partly as a result of the spread of the notion of evidence-based practice from medicine into other fields, and of the rise of the "new public…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Models, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
Seale, Jane; Abbott, Chris – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This paper argues that if education practitioners, policy-makers and researchers are to gain insights from new forms of online self-representations, there is a need to take stock of research involving homepages in order to identify important methodological issues and lessons that need to be addressed in future research. Home page authorship…
Descriptors: Ethics, Classification, Research Methodology, Research Problems
Oancea, Alis – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This article is a reflection on an area of particular interest in the current research environment, but which has not yet been explored satisfactorily in the education literature: the evaluation of educational research. The particular focus is on the UK context, but the article is informed by comparative evidence from six countries (gathered…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Evaluation Research, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
Tobin, Joseph – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
In the USA there is a contemporary discourse of crisis about the state of education and a parallel discourse that lays a large portion of the blame onto the poor quality of educational research. The solution offered is "scientific research." This article presents critiques of the core assumptions of the scientific research as secure argument.…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Educational Change, Educational Research, Research Problems
Macnab, Natasha; Thomas, Gary – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
Calls for the quality of educational research to be monitored more carefully are examined in the context of the most widely used and trusted form of quality screening, namely, that afforded by peer review. The serious limitations of peer review for this purpose, especially in education, are outlined before discussing the place of peer review…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Peer Evaluation, Quality Control, Holistic Evaluation
Carr, Wilfred – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
This article offers a philosophical contribution to recent debates about the assessment of quality in educational research. It shows how criticisms of the quality of educational research--pointing to its failure to meet epistemic criteria of rigour and practical criteria of relevance--are an inevitable manifestation of the flawed assumption that…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Rhetorical Criticism
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
Waltz, Mitzi – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2007
To look for the answers of "What is the relationship between "ethics" and "quality" in education research?," this article explores factors that bind the two too tightly together for extrication, including representation of subject and researcher mindsets, the setting of research agendas, research design and funding. Using research in autism as a…
Descriptors: Autism, Ethics, Educational Research, Research Design
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
Schwandt, Thomas A. – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2005
In the US debate over science-based educational research, experimentation is again coming to the fore as ideal for establishing an evidence base of what works in educational interventions thus contributing to the climate of accountability in educational research and practice. Mixed methods research is being positioned in this discussion as a…
Descriptors: Methods Research, Educational Research, Accountability, Scientific Research
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