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Patricia M. McDonough & R. Evely GILDERSLEEVE

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

Chapter 4: All Else is Never Equal: Opportunity Lost and Found on the P–16 Path to College Access

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All Else is Never Equal: Opportunity Lost and Found on the P–16 Path to College Access
All else is never equal: Opportunity lost and found on the p–16 path to college access

The imperatives of good research design include asking precise and answerable research questions, gathering appropriate data, and making and substantiating claims. These imperatives often propel us to focus more and more narrowly on a topic, more and more narrowly on a specific research question or questions, more and more narrowly on a specific methodology.

Yet what are the implications of attending to methodological rigor in individual research studies while neglecting the perspectives and needs of the state of the art of knowledge of the field of inquiry? How often do we as a field assess ...

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