This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.

The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.

This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.

What Is Research?

What is research?

In this chapter we discuss what is meant by research, particularly in education. We examine the idea of ‘practitioner research’ and what it might mean for teachers, lecturers and other education professionals. This chapter introduces you to some of the key terms that will be used later in the book and gives you a sense of how best to make use of the book for your own setting.

Research, Education and Practitioner Research

The word ‘research’ carries many meanings and can produce strong reactions.

‘Research is just a load of theory.’

‘I'd like to research this properly but I really don't have the time.’

‘I'm an experienced teacher and I know what works in my classroom – I don't think research can do anything for ...

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