Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education


Paul Connolly, Andy Biggart, Dr. Sarah Miller, Liam O’Hare & Allen Thurston

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    Research Methods in Education

    Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher.

    Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Masters-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas.

    Titles in the series:

    Atkins and Wallace, Qualitative Research in Education; Brooks, Te Riele and Maguire, Ethics and Education Research; Connolly, Biggart, Miller, O’Hare and Thurston, Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education; Hamilton and Corbett-Whittier, Using Case Study in Education Research; McAteer, Action Research in Education; Mills and Morton, Ethnography in Education.

    About the Authors

    Paul Connolly is Director of CESI. He is Professor of Education and Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is also Director of the Campbell Centre for the UK and Ireland.

    Andy Biggart is the Lead for the Educational Attainment Research Programme within CESI. He is a Lecturer in Education within the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast.

    Sarah Miller is the Lead for the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Research Programme within CESI. She is a Lecturer in Education within the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast and is also Deputy Director of the Campbell Centre for the UK and Ireland.

    Liam O’Hare is the Programme Manager for Innovation Zones within CESI, with a focus on working with local communities and service providers to develop innovative and effective programmes. He is also a Senior Research Fellow within CESI.

    Allen Thurston is Deputy Director of CESI and the Lead of the What Works for Schools Strand. He is Professor of Education within the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast.


    SAGE would like to thank the following reviewers for their comments on the proposal of this book:

    • Tom Clark, University of Sheffield
    • Alex Sutherland, University of Cambridge
    • Toby Greany, Institute of Education, University of London
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