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Practical Research Methods for Educators

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Practical Research Methods for Educators

SKU# 9780826122353

Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner

Author: Ennio Cipani PhD


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This text offers a fresh perspective on developing research skills for educators as well as for students studying to become educators. Practical Research Methods for Educators is unique in identifying the requirements for conducting pragmatic research for everyday instructional personnel.

The book introduces key concepts, such as identifying and measuring dependent and independent variables. It also reviews the three forms of research (descriptive, correlation, and experimental). With this book, educators and students can become well prepared to appropriately conduct research and become wise consumers and critics of research findings.

Each chapter presents a brief description of a research design, figures illustrating the design features with hypothetical data, and real research studies that utilized such a design. Each type of single-case design is discussed in relation to its advantages and limitations.

Key features:

  • Outlines the requisites for single-case research and methodological designs
  • Explains how to measure the dependent variable in single-case research studies
  • Presents a variety of single-case designs for use in classroom research projects
  • Includes an in-depth explanation of the four types of applied research: demonstration, comparative, parametric, and component analysis

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 11, 2009
  • Page Count 192
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122353
  • EISBN 9780826122360

About The Author(s) 

Ennio Cipani, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in California since 1983. He has been doing in-home and in-school behavioral consultation for children with problem behaviors for four decades. Dr. Cipani has published numerous articles, chapters, books, and software in the areas of child behavior management and parent and teacher behavioral consultation. He coauthored Behavioral Classification System for Problem Behaviors in Schools: A Diagnostic Manual (Springer Publishing, 2017).

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Science & the Scientific Method
What is Science?
Science and the Study of Variables
Descriptive Research Studies
Correlation Research Studies
Experimental Research Studies

Chapter 2: Measuring the Dependent Variable
Methodological Requirements for Measuring Student Behavior
Steps to Measuring Student Behavior
Measuring Student Learning

Chapter 3: Basics of Single Subject Designs
Characteristics of Single Case Designs
Requisites for Collecting Single-Case Research Data
Determining a Treatment Effect in Single Case Designs
Contrasting Group Versus Single Case Experimental Designs

Chapter 4: Single Case Designs
AB and Additive Designs
Reversal Designs
Multiple Baseline Designs
Multi-Element Designs (AKA Alternating Dreams Design)
Changing Criterion Designs
Chapter 5: Types of Single-Case Research Studies Deciding on the Type of Research Studies Potential Thesis/Dissertation Research Topics
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D