Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research by John W. CreswellI am currently taking a Research Design and Analysis course as part of my doctoral studies, and Ive literally devoured every single word in Creswells book. Ive also shown it to faculty at various graduate schools and to recent Ph.D. graduates and they just about salivate over Creswells 4th edition of Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research book. The answer I often receive is that they wish this 4th edition had been around when they were going through their doctoral studies as it would have saved them from having to buy a number of books in order to get what this one book contains.
From the very first words in the introduction, Creswell (2012) invites us to go on a journey, Consider research your personal journey. It will be challenging but also exciting. Pack along for your journey a toolkit. In chapter 1 you will be introduced to the basic supplies. In your pack, place a solid understanding of research. Also include a map--the six steps in the process of conducting research. Realize that on this journey you need to respect people and the places you visit. Enjoy the process using your natural skills such as the ability to solve puzzles, use library resources, and write... (p. 1).
What an invitation! And Creswell is good to his words. Chapter after chapter complex issues were clearly described, both in the narrative and with copious examples that illustrated the concepts being explained. The book if full of some of the best figures and tables ever. They summarize in one page what several pages of narrative and examples explained. So once you understand the concept, the table is an absolute time saver as a go-to page. My Creswell book looks like a colorful porcupine! LOL. Ive got little sticky tabs marking all the pages that have critical information Ill need to refer to time and time again.
The only problem I had with Creswells 4th edition tome is that I wanted to underline just about every line in the book! ha! And this, of course, would devalue the idea of highlighting important concepts. So I paced and controlled myself in the highlighting but did end up with a tome thats more yellow and red underlined than not. :-)
Educational Research : Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research
The clear and practical writing of Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research has made this book a favorite. In precise step-by-step language the book helps you learn how to conduct, read, and evaluate research studies. Key changes include: expanded coverage of ethics and new research articles. John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology and teaches courses and writes about educational research design, mixed methods research, and qualitative methodology.
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