producers) of research. Creswell (2002) notes the following reasons, describing
the various purposes of educational research.
the basic types of research in education.
Research (QUANT): descriptive and inferential
statistics. This type of research
design is best for “What?” questions.
Research (QUAL): descriptive and
thematic analysis. This type of
research design is best for “How?” and “Why?” questions.
Methods (MIXED): integrated, synthesis, and
multi-method approaches. This type of
research design is good for any questions you can think of, particularly those
that can’t be answer easily with numbers alone. Consider the “best” way to
evaluate student achievement.
RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED IN EDUCATION
improving practice that have been verified with many applications and by many
different types of people, which is difficult for practitioners.
about how people learn and what we can do help facilitate the learning process.
Address Gaps in Knowledge
which little is know, like perhaps the effects of online versus traditional
what we know in ways we never conceived.
verify previous findings.
Voices of Individuals to Knowledge
perspective for different learning types. Much of the educational research
prior to the Eighties is based on able, white, middle-to-upper class males.
This is certainly not reflective of our increasingly heterogeneous students,
and research helps revise theory and practice to reflect different student