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Research Foundations for Education - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of research used in the education field. Short and informative lessons refresh your knowledge of basic, applied, formal, correlational and action research. Lessons also help you get reacquainted with the definition of scientific research, research methods and clinical studies.
Each lesson in this chapter is accompanied by a short quiz you can use to ensure you fully comprehend the research concepts it covers. A practice exam is also available to provide a comprehensive review of this chapter.
How It Helps
- Offers foundational information: Lessons refresh your knowledge of fundamental scientific research concepts, including the scientific method and the purpose of research.
- Strengthens research methods: This chapter explores a variety of research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, correlation and observation to boost your knowledge and improve your personal research methods on the job.
- Makes studying convenient: All teacher resources are available 24/7 and can be conveniently accessed using any computer, smartphone or tablet.
Exploring this chapter ensures you have the ability to:
- List the steps and discuss the terms associated with the scientific method
- Define and list components of scientific research
- Explain the purposes of research and define the exploratory, descriptive and explanatory approaches
- Identify and describe different kinds of research methods
- Differentiate between quantitative, qualitative and mixed method research methodologies
- Describe formal research and discuss its characteristics and methods
- Share differences between basic research and applied research
- Provide the definition of a clinical study
- Detail methods of action research in education
- Discuss the purpose and limitations of correlational research
1. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.
2. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
3. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory
There is a parallel between how people come to understand something and the process of researching an idea. This lesson explores the purposes of research as well as three approaches to research in psychology: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.
4. What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?
This lesson will go over some important research methods, including observation, correlation, and experimentation, as well as examples of each type of methodology.
5. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method
While there are many ways to conduct an experiment in psychology, there are only so many ways you can describe it. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.
6. What Is Formal Research? - Definition & Methods
Learn about formal research and its important characteristics. Learn about the methods involved in completing formal research along with a real life research study example.
7. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences
In this lesson, we look at the difference between basic and applied psychological research and discover why there is a separation. Through examples, we'll answer the questions, 'What is the purpose of research if it doesn't apply to the real world?' and 'How are the two interrelated?'
8. What is a Clinical Study? - Definition & Explanation
Clinical studies help scientists and medical professionals discover and test new treatments. Learn more about the definition, importance and process of clinical studies and test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. Action Research in Education: Methods & Examples
Action research is often used in the field of education. The following lesson provides two examples of action research in the field of education, methods of conducting action research and a quiz to assess your understanding of the topic.
10. Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples
This lesson explores, with the help of two examples, the basic idea of what a correlation is, the general purpose of using correlational research, and how a researcher might use it in a study.
11. Limitations of Correlational Research
Many researchers use correlations in their studies, but it is not without risk. This lesson explores some of the issues that researchers may experience if they use correlations.
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Other chapters within the Research Methods in Special Education course
- Developing a Research Plan
- Data Collection Methods & Techniques
- Single-Subject Research Designs
- Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Designs
- Sampling and Generalization
- Overview of Measurement in Research
- Internal Validity in Research
- External Validity
- Statistical Analysis: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design
- Issues in Ethical Research