Multiple ways of knowing: Quantitative and qualitative research methods in education

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Review of the Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research

Reviewer: Fayth M. Parks, Cordelia Zinskie, and Dorothy A. Battle

Reviews the book, Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research , edited by Judith L. Green, Gregory Camilli, and Patricia B. Elmore (see record 2006-05382-000 ). In 1978, the American Educational Research Association first initiated the development of a comprehensive resource for alternative research methods as a series of tape recordings. The first book, Complementary Research Methods (Jaeger, 1988), developed from the tape series. The revised Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research is yet another step. This handbook, which balances both positivist and qualitative inquiry methods, attempts to capture a very broad knowledge base within a not-so-costly volume to serve as a comprehensive resource on research. Cordelia D. Zinskie notes that one goal of this book was to include chapters that emphasize the application of these methods in education research; however, some authors do a better job than others in terms of presenting their respective research method in context. Overall, the book is an excellent resource for introducing students and faculty to the diversity of research methods that are available for exploring and investigating educational phenomena. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


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