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In: The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry

Section Two: Identifying Meaningful Problems and Approaches to Inquiry Across and Within Fields

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Identifying Meaningful Problems and Approaches to Inquiry Across and Within Fields
Identifying meaningful problems and approaches to inquiry across and within fields
Introductory Essay

Fruitful research in education examines issues that have enduring (i.e., past as well as present) significance. It is also heuristic, stimulating further inquiry. According to a search at the Barnes & Noble Web site, more than 1,469 book titles contain the following three key words: research, design, and education. Many of these books undoubtedly provide important guidance about the essential components of the research process, including how to identify a research problem. Yet relatively few such resources offer suggestions for identifying potentially “fruitful” areas of educational research.

The 13 chapters in Section Two of the Handbook explore exemplars of “research problems”—past, present, and future—both ...

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