Methodology of Educational Research

Methodology of Educational Research

Authors : Lokesh Koul

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About the Author

Lokesh Koul :-
He is a holder of Masters degree in Mathematics, M.Ed. (Gold Medalist) and Ph.D in Education. He has been conferred the status of Professor Emeritus in view of his significant contributions in teaching and research in Education and other allied disciplines.
He worked as a Professor, Head and Dean, Faculty of Education, and Dean of Studies and Academic Affairs of Himachal Pradesh University. He served as an Expert Member of various bodies, viz., UGC Panel on Education, Distance Education Council (IGNOU), Research Council (IGNOU), Education Research and Innovation Committee (NCERT), Research Advisory Board (NIOS), ICSSR and Commonwealth Higher Education Management Service (London). He has also been the UGC Visiting Professor in a number of universities.
Prof. Koul has been regularly contributing research papers to various national and international journals. He has also been associated with editing Encyclopedia of Indian Education, Indian Educational Abstracts, and Surveys of Educational Research (NCERT) along with resource instructional materials, project reports and seminar documents of IGNOU. He has also directed and supervised a number of major NCERT, NIEPA and UGC research projects.

About the Book

Knowledge of research methodology is essential for all who either play an active role in conducting research or desire to keep themselves updated in the field of knowledge. Keeping this in mind, this edition has been thoroughly revised. The book contains an up-to-date account of the methods and techniques suited to the field of education and other allied disciplines and thus provides an understanding of significant research problems that need to be tackled. The book elaborates the quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques; use of descriptive and inferential statistics; reporting of the results of research along with the characteristics and uses of historical, descriptive, ethnographic and experimental methods. Case studies form an important part of the text. It also provides priority areas of educational research in India in the context of National Education Policy (1986) and its Program of Action (1992), UGC, DEC-IGNOU (2006), NCERT (2005), and UNESCO initiatives and policies as well as the Surveys of Research in Education (1997 and 2006).

Designed and written mainly for the students of M.A. (Education, Psychology and Sociology), M.Ed. and M.Phil. (Education, Psychology and Sociology), the book will be of immense value to the Ph.D. students and other researchers of Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Management, Legal Studies, Humanities and Languages.


New in this Edition

  • Thoroughly revised and updated keeping in view the NCFTE framework/guidelines as recommended by the NCTE.
  • Research problems highlighting examination stress, skill development, inclusive education, RTE, quality teacher education, and so on.
  • Enhanced treatment of qualitative data collection approach.
  • Need for mixed methods strategies, keeping in view the limitations of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Table of Content

1.  Introduction                                                                              

2.  Areas of Educational Research                                                   

3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Nature and Methods     

4.  Historical research                                                                    

5.  Descriptive Research                                                                  

6.  Experimental Research                                                                

7.  Review of the related literature                                               

8.  Identifying and tackling the research problem                          

9.  Data Collection: Sampling, Tools and Techniques                      

10. Qualitative data collection and analysis                                  

11. Quantitative data analysis                                                         

12. Statistical Methods                                                                   

13. Inferential statistics                                                                 

14. The research report