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.
Chapter 12: Quantitative Data Analysis
Doing your data analysis can be daunting. You know that an orderly sifting of information will be required in order to find the nuggets from the mass of accumulated data. Like any other stage of the research process, data analysis needs to be undertaken systematically. Your role as a researcher is to find answers to your research questions.
If you are a teaching practitioner, you may have distributed a questionnaire to some pupils in your school as part of a small-scale study. Now, all the questionnaires have been completed and returned to you. And your question is ‘What should I do now?’
This section is all about how to approach, manage and analyse your quantitative data. If you have taken a quantitative ...