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Research Methods in Education (6th Edition) [Paperback]

Louis Cohen , Lawrence Manion , Keith Morrison
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15 Feb 2007 0415368782 978-0415368780 6

This fully updated sixth edition of the international bestseller Research Methods in Education covers the whole range of methods currently employed by educational research at all stages. It is divided into five main parts: the context of educational research; planning educational research; styles of educational research; strategies for data collection and researching; and data analysis. The book also contains references to a comprehensive dedicated website of accompanying materials.

The sixth edition includes new material on:

  • complexity theory, ethics, sampling and sensitive educational research
  • experimental research, questionnaire design and administration with practical guidance
  • qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with practical examples
  • internet based research.

Research Methods in Education is essential reading for the professional researcher and continues to be the standard text for students and lecturers in educational research.

To access the dedicated website of accompanying materials, please visit:

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 6 edition (15 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415368782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415368780
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Research Methods in Education contains much theoretical material, but this is supported by many practical examples and down-to-earth guidance. It is very clearly written, and demystifies the theory aspects of education research. The 200 pages of supplementary material are particularly practically focused, and are a substantial improvement on the previous edition of the book - if you already have a copy of the 5th edition, I would suggest you consider upgrading ... If you plan to undertake serious educational research in your discipline, Research Methods in Education is an invaluable addition to your bookshelf.' - Bioscience Education, The Higher Education Academy

'This great book (in both senses) now reaches its sixth edition - and that marks real progress ... The strength of the book remains its highly detailed account of many research methods. This new edition sees that account taken yet further - with new contents of w-based research as well as on sampling, interviews and surveys, and extra on various other kinds of approach.' - British Journal of Educational Technology

'I believe 'Research Methods in Education' is a very impressive volume. Detailed, instructive,rigorous, engaging; graduate students as well as their professors will surely learn a lot from it' - International Journal of Research and Method in Education

About the Author

Louis Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Education at Loughborough University. Lawrence Manion was former Principal Lecturer in Music at Didsbury School of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University. Keith Morrison is Professor of Education at the Inter-University Institute of Macau and formerly Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Durham.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is very long book 638 pages with 26 chapters, but the book is a textbook for researchers.It is full of bullet points and says it is backed up by a website, but the website is just a repeat of what is in the book.

Chapter 6, for example, describes validity and reliability, but does not define validity: Accuracy and precision are not defined and hardly mentioned.The relationship between all 4 is not mentioned and the book is very light on what statistical techniques are needed to measure validity.

Despite my reservations, the book is good starting point for researchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 12 May 2009
A Must Have book for any education studies students, really helpful and informative book will be used through all 3 years of your degree and later in any other research you may do. A definate must have buy, value for money and you will use again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 7 Dec 2010
Research Methods in Education was recommended to me by my BA(Hons) tutor. He had used various editions of the book in his teaching and as I was looking for guidance to help me through my final year found the edition I used as the solution. May I recommend it to all students aiming to take their degree in education, I am sure you will find it most useful, the book hits the parts others do not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive 26 Jun 2014
By jeela
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What I like about this book is that it almost addresses every aspect pertaining to research. This saves you the time searching other methodology books to understand and know about the different designs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 April 2014
By rach
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Fabulous for my final action research. Has been helpful for advice, guidance and references. Definitely look out for other books by these authors too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive 29 Sep 2013
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This book was very helpful to me when I was writing my paper on research methods in preparation for my dissertation in education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 5 Aug 2013
By Tya
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Such a good book, I bought it for my PhD and I really like it. It covers most of related areas also the references are pretty useful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars research methods in education 21 July 2012
By juju24
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this is an easy to read book, giving extensive methods of research in education. I found it had everything I needed to complete my university assignments. A must have for my degree.
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