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Module Reading List EDUC 5060

Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Peter Hart
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EDUC 5060 Module Reading List

General Reading

Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. And Hedges, L.V. (eds.) (2012) Research methods and methodologies in education . London: Sage.

Bell, J. Doing your research project : a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science . Maidenhead: Open University Press 

Bloor, M. and Wood, F. (2006). Keywords in qualitative methods : a vocabulary of research concepts. Google eBook.

Burton, N., Brundrett, M., & Jones, M. (2008) Doing your education research project London: Sage.

Clegg, F. (1982) Simple Statistics: A course book for the social sciences . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2007). Research methods in education . London: Routledge-Falmer. 

Conteh, J., Gregory, E., Kearney, C. and Mor-Sommerfeld, A. (2005) On writing educational ethnographies : the art of collusion Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. 

Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. Palgrave.

Deane, M. (2010) Academic research, writing and referencing Harlow: Longman

Denscombe, M., (2002) Ground rules for good research : a 10 point guide for social researchers Buckingham: Open University Press

Flick, U. (2006) An Introduction to Qualitative Research (3rd Ed.). London: Sage

Foddy, W. (1993) Constructing questions for interviews and questionnaires : theory and practice in social research . Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Freebody, P. (2003). Qualitative research in education : interaction and practice. London: Sage. Chapter 2.

Golafshani, N. (2003) 'Understanding Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research'. The qualitative report [electronic resource]. 8 (4), 597-607.

Gorard, S. (2003) Quantitative methods in social science , London: Continuum.

Hammersley, M. (2007). The issue of quality in qualitative research. International journal of research & method in education.. 30 (3),pp.287-305. 

Hammersley, M., and Atkinson, P. (1983). Ethnography: Principles in Practice. London: Tavistock .

Hart, C. (1988). Doing a literature review : releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage.

Hitchcock, G. and Hughes, G. (1995) Research and the teacher : a qualitative introduction to school-based research . London: Routledge.

Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. (2004) Educational research : quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches . Boston: Pearson.

Lutrell, W. (ed.) ( 2010) Qualitative educational research : readings in reflexive methodology and transformative practice . London: Routledge.

Maxwell, J. A. (2004) 'Causal Explanation, Qualititative Research, and Scientific Inquiry in Education'. Educational researcher. 33, 3-11.

Munn, P. & Drever, E., (2004) Using questionnaires in small-scale research : a beginner's guide . Glasgow: SCRE Centre, University of Glasgow

Nisbet, J. (2005). What is Educational Research? Changing Perspectives through the 20th Century. Research papers in education.. 20 (1) pp.25-44.

Oliver, P. (2003) The student's guide to research ethics . McGraw Hill/Open University Press.

Oppenheim, A. N. (2000) Questionnaire Design, Interviewing and Attitude Measurement. London: Pinter. 

Peshkin, A. (1988). In Search of Subjectivity. One’s Own. Educational researcher.. 17 (7), pp.17-21.

Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers . Oxford: Blackwell.

Robson, C. (1994) Experiment, Design and Statistics in Psychology (3rd edn).

Silverman, D. (ed) (2011) Qualitative research : issues of theory, method and practice , 3rd. edn. London: Sage.

Stenhouse, L. (1975). An introduction to curriculum research and development. London: Heinemann. pp.5-44.

Stenhouse, L. (1984). Evaluating curriculum evaluation. Chapter in Adelman (ed), The politics and ethics of evaluation. London: Croom Helm.

Thomas, G. (2007) Education and theory : strangers in paradigms . McGraw Hill/Open University Press.

Trochim, W.M. (2007) The research methods knowledge base , 3rd Edition.

Wallace, M., & Wray, A. (2009). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates . Los Angeles, sage. (chapter 5)

Wellington, J.J. (2000).Educational research : contemporary issues and practical approaches. London: Continuum.

Wilkinson, D. (2000) The researcher's toolkit : the complete guide to practitioner research . London: Routledge-Falmer. 

Wolcott, H. (1995). The art of fieldwork. London: AltaMira Press.

Yates, L. (2004). What does good education research look like? : situating a field and its practice. Maidenhead: UOP.

Yin, R. K. (1994) Case study research: design and methods. London: Sage.

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Further reading

Session 1

Key learning theorists

Illeris, K. (multiple dates). The three dimensions of learning : contemporary learning theory in the tension field between the cognitive, the emotional and the social . Roskilde: Roskilde University press.

Miller, P.H. (2011). Theories of developmental psychology. W.H. Freeman.

See also a number of various resources from the BERA website:  http://www.bera.ac.uk/resources


Calhoun, C., LiPuma, E. and Postone, M. (eds),(1993). Bourdieu: Critical perspectives. Cambridge: Polity.

Lauder, Hugh., Brown, Phillip. & Halsey, A.H. (2009). Sociology of education: a critical history and prospects for the future. Oxford Review of Education., Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 569-585.

Murphy, Mark (Ed.) (2013). Social theory and education research : understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida. London: Routledge.

British journal of sociology of education. Issue 2, (1996). pp. 125-247. Special Issue: International Perspectives on the Sociology of Education


Thorne, B. (1993). Gender play : girls and boys in school. Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Willis, P. (1977). Learning to labour : how working class kids get working class jobs. New York: Columbia University Press.

Hammersley, Martyn and Atkins, Paul. (1995). Ethnography: Principles in practice. London, England: Routledge.


John J. Gumperz and Jenny Cook-Gumperz, (2008). "Studying language, culture, and society: Sociolinguistics or linguistic anthropology? ". Journal of sociolinguistics.12(4),: 532–545.

Blommaert, J. (2005). Discourse : a critical introduction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Gass, S. & Mackey, A. (2012). The Routledge handbook of second language acquisition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Lantolf, J. (ed.) (2000). Sociocultural theory and second language learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

History, Philosophy, Economics and Politics

Noddings, N. (1995).Philosophy of education. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Young, M.F.D. (Ed.) (1971). Knowledge and control : new directions for the sociology of education. London: Collier-Macmillan.

Kingdon, J. (1995). Agendas, alternatives, and public policies. Harlow, England: Longman.

Steinberg, Shirley R. and Kincheloe, Joe L. (Eds.) (2006). What you don't know about schools [electronic resource]. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ball, Stephen J. (2003). Class strategies and the education market : the middle classes and social advantage. London: Routledge Falmer.

Chitty, C (2002). Understanding schools and schooling. London: Routledge.

Tyack, David and Cuban, Larry. (1995). Tinkering towards Utopia : a century of public school reform. London: Harvard University Press.

What does good educational research look like

Farnsworth, V. and Solomon, Y. (2013). Reframing educational research : resisting the 'what works' agenda London: Routledge.

Kincheloe, J.L. and Berry, K.S. (2004). Rigour and complexity in educational research : conceptualizing the bricolage. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.

Session 2

Gewirtz, Sharon and Cribb, Alan. (2009). Understanding education : a sociological perspective. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Kuhn, Thomas. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions. Third Edition. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.

Lather, P. (2006). Paradigm proliferation as a good thing to think with: teaching research in education as wild profusion. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19 (1), 35-57.

Being Reflective and Reflexive

Finlay, Linda. (2002). Negotiating the swamp: the opportunity and challenge of reflexivity in research practice. Qualitative research., 2: 209-230.

Session 6

Conteh J (2012) “Families, pupils and teachers learning together in a multilingual British city”, Journal of multilingual and multicultural development.. 33.1: 101-116 .

YANG, M., BADGER, R. G. & YU, Z., 2006, A comparative study of peer and teacher feedback in a Chinese EFL writing class. Journal of second language writing., 15, 3, 179.

Research Methods Textbooks

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2000). Research Methods in Education . London: Routledge-Falmer.

Dyer, C. (1995). Beginning research in psychology : a practical guide to research methods and statistics. Oxford: Blackwell.

Punch, K.F. (2009). Introduction to research methods in education. London: Sage.

Robson, C. (2002). Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers. Oxford: Blackwell.

Thomas, G. (2011). Doing research. Pocket Study Skills Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wilkinson, D. (Ed.) (2000). The researcher's toolkit : the complete guide to practitioner research. London: Routledge-Falmer.


BERA Ethical Guidelines for Education Research: http://www.bera.ac.uk/system/files/3/BERA-Ethical-guidelines-2011.pdf

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/information/research-ethics.aspx

University of Leeds: Research Ethics Guidelines: http://researchsupport.leeds.ac.uk/index.php/academic­_staff/good_practice/


Some educational journals

British educational research journal.

British journal of sociology of education.

Educational researcher.

Educational theory.

Oxford Review of Education.


This list was last updated on 04/10/2013