Research for Educators,
3rd Edition

Lisa Kervin, Steven Howard, Rachel Jones, Anthony McKnight

ISBN-13: 9780170460446
Copyright 2024 | Published
224 pages | List Price: USD $68.00

Research plays a powerful role in shaping effective teaching and learning experiences. By demystifying the research process, Research for Educators assists you to develop and use research skills in a range of educational contexts. This introductory text steps you through the research process from identifying an initial question for research through to communicating the findings. It encourages you as an educator to become a discerning consumer of research, as well as an active participant, in order to make informed decisions about classroom practices. Using examples from their own work in a range of educational fields, the authors explore the practices required to conduct quality research that is valid, reliable, ethical, useful and socially responsible. Throughout, they emphasise the link between reflective practice and being a researcher in the classroom. This is a text that you will refer to throughout your studies and into your professional working life.


1. Research and inquiry for educational professionals
2. Mapping the research process
3. Approaches to educational research
4. First steps in the research and inquiry process
5. Planning your research
6. Collecting data: techniques and principles
7. Preparing and organising data
8. Analysing data: principles and techniques
9. Communicating research
10. Educators and research: a final word

  • Lisa Kervin

    Lisa Kervin is a Professor in Language and Literacy in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wollongong, where she also leads research on Play, Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Start. Lisa’s current research interests are focused on young children and how they engage with literate practices and she is currently involved in research projects funded by the Australian Research Council focused on young children and writing, digital play and interaction. She has researched her own teaching and has collaborative research partnerships with teachers and students in tertiary and primary classrooms and prior-to-school settings.

  • Steven Howard

    Steven Howard is an Associate Professor in Educational & Developmental Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong, where he leads a research collective on Self-Regulation and Cognitive Development. He has led or contributed to research funded by the Australian Research Council, National Health & Medical Research Council, government, industry and philanthropy, each of which focused on how to playfully pinpoint children’s developmental progress and use that information to support children’s continued growth. He has conducted research using a variety of research designs and data capture methods, from large randomised controlled trials to survey research to case studies.

  • Rachel Jones

    Rachel Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Wollongong and is the co-convenor of the Food and Movement research group. She has extensive experience working in large research teams on complex research projects involving a variety of data collection methods and data analysis procedures. Her research has been funded by National Health and Medical Research Council and focuses primarily on the health and well-being of young children. In addition to her research, she specialises in teaching research methodology to diverse groups of postgraduate students.

  • Anthony McKnight

    Anthony McKnight is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Anthony’s research is about identifying how and why teachers, students and people connect to country to enhance educational practice. Anthony has expertise in Country inspired and informed methodologies and how these contribute to decolonising and reculturalising educational systems and practices. Anthony’s research has been acknowledged with the 2019 VC Award for Excellence in Community Engagement and the Betty Watts Indigenous Researcher Award (AARE) in 2015.

  • NEW author Anthony McKnight, has embedded a focus on Aboriginal methodologies and perspectives into each chapter to build and enhance knowledge systems. Across all chapters is the theme for research that is ethical, responsible and respectful

  • Updated to include recent research examples and topics of interest in education research including mixed methods. The greater focus on mixed methods is based on aspects of Rachel Jones’ research experience

  • NEW Scenarios encourage students to consider problem-based and problem-led approaches to research

  • Enhanced layout and NEW full-colour visual design for improved student navigation of the key issues, theories and concepts covered in this valuable resource for pre-service and graduate teachers

  • NEW Summary at the end of each chapter connects students back to the original focus questions of the chapter and reflect on their learning. NEW worked examples for instructors help support student connection of theory to practice

  • Qualitative and quantitative methods and connection to educator practice continue to feature prominently in this edition

  • Cengage's core learning design principles ensure a pedagogical approach that is authentic, inclusive, intentional and personalised. This includes 'Focus questions' at the beginning of each chapter to orientate readers to key content. Activities in each chapter encourage students to apply their learning of the main concepts. Local examples throughout illustrate the research practices and processes. 'Review and reflect' questions at the end of chapters encourage students to critically consider their own research and assist with revision

  • To help readers learn new terminology, key terms are highlighted and their definitions are located in the margins for easy reference

  • Instructor Website. Your #1 resource for your course. This tailored collection of teaching tools includes downloadable PowerPoint lecture slides, instructor's guide, and artwork. New to this edition is the instructor’s guide. The instructor's guide is packed with content that helps you set up and administer your class: a guide to the chapter, worked examples and more. Log in or request an account to access instructor resources at for Australia or for New Zealand

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