The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education stimulates and encourages students, faculty, and educational practitioners, including individuals in education, government, and the private sector who conduct applied and policy-oriented educational research, to place the pursuit of ideas at the epicentre of their research-from framing meaningful problems to identifying and addressing key challenges to the reporting and dissemination of their findings.

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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