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.

Conceptualizing and Conducting Meaningful Research Studies in education

Conceptualizing and conducting meaningful research studies in education

The object of research is to understand phenomena in terms of their patterns and idiosyncratic tendencies and to formulate explanations of our experiences. Researchers construct explanations about phenomena from the interplay among their studies' conceptual underpinnings (e.g., frameworks, theories, previous research), the assumptions and methods underpinning scientific inquiry (e.g., what constitutes “evidence,” the procedures and techniques used to collect and analyze data), and the blend of contextual conditions (e.g., cultural beliefs and values, historical situations, settings) in which their investigations are carried out. Obviously, these are in flux as opposed to static, and because research is a human endeavor, examining investigators' choices about the processes underlying a study's conceptualization and ...

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