Introduction to Research in Education,
10th Edition

Christine K. Sorensen Irvine, David Walker, Donald Ary, Lucy Cheser Jacobs

ISBN-13: 9781337566001
Copyright 2019 | Published
720 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Become a more competent consumer and producer of research with INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION, 10th Edition. Known for its exceptionally clear writing style and comprehensive coverage, this research methods text helps you master the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others -- as well as plan and carry out your own research. The authors familiarize you with common research problems in a step-by-step manner through examples that clarify concepts, supported by end-of-chapter exercises that allow you to practice your new skills. The text covers both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and is a must-read for anyone planning to conduct research or interpret the research of others.


1. The Nature of Research in Education.
2. The Research Problem.
3. Reviewing the Literature.
4. Ethics in Educational Research.
5. Measurement.
6. Validity and Reliability.
7. Descriptive Statistics.
8. Sampling and Inferential Statistics.
9. Experimental Research.
10. Experimental Research Designs.
11. Ex Post Facto Research.
12. Correlational Research.
13. Survey Research.
14. Interpreting and Reporting Results of Quantitative Research.
15. Defining and Designing Qualitative Research.
16. Types of Qualitative Research.
17. Data-Collection Tools in Qualitative Research.
18. Rigor and Ethics in Qualitative Research.
19. Analyzing and Reporting Qualitative Research.
20. Action Research.
21. Mixed Methods Research.

  • Christine K. Sorensen Irvine

    Christine K. Sorensen Irvine (M.S., Ph.D., professional studies in education, Iowa State University) is a professor in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she teaches research methods courses in the doctoral program and mentors doctoral candidates. She also co-directs a U.S. Department of Education grant working with entities across the Pacific on educational program planning, evaluation, and assessment. She was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii from 2007 to 2012 and Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Sorensen has an extensive record in grants; her research areas have focused on technology integration in education. She has taught courses in research, evaluation, and higher education, and has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. She has more than 30 publications, well over 100 presentations, and has chaired over 40 completed dissertations. She has co-authored INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION since the seventh edition.

  • David Walker

    David A. Walker (M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology), is a Professor of Educational Research, Technology, and Assessment and an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Prior to NIU, he served on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and was a post-doctorate researcher at Iowa State's Research Institute for Studies in Education. Dr. Walker has an extensive research record with 108 refereed publications, 30 technical and program reports, 146 refereed conference presentations, 40 invited presentations/lectures, and 215 statistical computer program creations. A majority of these scholarly works pertain to the themes of statistical methodology and/or research methods in areas such as effect sizes, reliability measures, and the general linear model. He has been involved in numerous federal and state-based grants, and as an evaluator in projects affiliated with teacher education. Dr. Walker has taught courses in research methods, assessment, testing, measurement, and statistics and has expertise in quantitative methods of research.

  • Donald Ary

    In addition to co-authoring the first eight editions of INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION, Donald Ary (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) co-authored INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS: PURPOSES AND PROCEDURES (with L. C. Jacobs), and ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATION DATA (with H. K. Suen). He also co-authored the educational psychology text, READINGS IN CLASSROOM LEARNING AND PERCEPTION (with R. J. Mueller and E. C. McCormick). He wrote chapters for three books and published 35 journal articles, six of them in Behavioral Assessment. He presented papers at professional conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for Behavioral Analysis. Dr. Ary taught research design, statistics, measurement, and educational psychology, first at Indiana University, then at Northern Illinois University, where he was director of the Educational Psychology and Special Education Research Office and interim chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. He served as consultant to various educational offices in Illinois and to the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Office of Education. He also served on the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities. Early in his career, Dr. Ary was an elementary teacher.

  • Lucy Cheser Jacobs

    Lucy Cheser Jacobs has a B.S. in chemistry from Catharine Spalding College in Kentucky, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Indiana University–Bloomington. She received a John H. Edwards fellowship during graduate study. Dr. Jacobs taught research methodology, statistics, measurement, and educational psychology courses at Indiana University. She served as Director of the Bureau of Evaluative Studies for several years, where she conducted institutional research studies. Before beginning graduate studies, she taught high school chemistry in Kentucky. She has co-authored INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN EDUCATION (nine editions) and INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (both with D. Ary), and DEVELOPING AND USING TESTS EFFECTIVELY (with C. Chase). She held membership in AERA and NCME and presented papers at their annual conferences.

  • Qualitative research methods are integrated throughout the text to emphasize the similarities and differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods in the field of education.

  • Strong end-of-chapter exercises expose students to intriguing research problems and help develop critical thinking skills.

  • The authors familiarize students with typical problems encountered in conducting and analyzing educational research in a logical and step-by-step manner.

  • The book is a respected classic introduction to research methods for education, known for its comprehensive topic coverage and exceptionally clear writing style. Praised by reviewers for reliability and accessibility, it has also gained a reputation for accuracy and logical presentation of topics.

  • "Think About It" exercises, which conclude major discussions, require students to apply and think critically about material covered in every major section of each chapter. These exercises serve as concept checks for students.

  • Current "Research in the Public Eye" boxes link chapter content to examples of research appearing in mass media.

  • Chapter 21, "Mixed Methods Research," features coverage of the philosophical basis of mixed methods research, the purposes for conducting mixed methods research, how to differentiate between different mixed methods designs, the reasons why a mixed method study might be conducted, and the limitations of mixed methods research.

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