Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.

Sampling Decisions in Educational Research

Sampling Decisions in Educational Research: Criteria, Designs, and Challenges
Kathleen M. T. Collins

The researcher's underlying intention when conceptualizing educational research is to conduct high-quality research, in which the design is defensible, the research process transparent, the outcomes justified, and the conclusions are viewed as relevant by the research consumer (Collins, 2015). Also contributing to the conduct of high-quality research is the transparency of the logic underpinning researchers’ sampling decisions, and the degree that the resulting sampling design (that is, sampling scheme and sample size) will provide an adequate sample to address the research question.

However, the reality of conducting educational research in practical contexts can be compromised by multifaceted situational contexts and the inquiry's evolving ...

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