The nature of educational research is analogous with the nature of research itself, which is systematic, reliable and valid to find the “truth”, investigates knowledge, and solves problems (William Wiersma, 1991). Moreover, educational research process involves steps to collect the information in order to investigate problems and knowledge. However, the educational research is more complex because it can use various approaches and strategies to solve problems in educational setting. It also can involve many disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, behaviour, and history. In addition, educational research is important because of contributing knowledge development, practical improvement, and policy information (John W.Creswell, 2005). Therefore, educators can use those research findings to improve their competences and teaching and learning process.
Furthermore, the characteristics of educational research are a part of its nature. According to Gary Anderson (1998), there are ten characteristics of educational research. I tried to classify those into three categories, which are the purpose of research, the procedures of research, and the role of researcher. The purposes of research are to solve the problems, investigate knowledge, and establish the principles in educational phenomena. In short, it focuses on solving the problems and developing knowledge. Furthermore, procedure is an important characteristic of educational research, which involves colleting data with accurate observation, objective interpretation, and verification. Finally, researchers need to be experts and familiar with their field of study, using the data to develop solutions and increase knowledge. The researchers also need to be patient and careful to use every step of research’s procedures to achieve the purpose of research.
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Hi, Ernestina..hope not to late…please let me know which part that you need . I have several good references on it..just send an email..;))
I want to know the following:
1. Why is it important to conduct educational research?
2. The are at least five ways to acquire knowledge; Why is the scientific method of acquiring knowledge regarded as the most reliable method?
3. What are the two major types of research and why each type is so labelled?
Thanks for the questions..it must be long answer. In the Research Method that I teach, these questions are parts of the assignments. We can discuss it through my email on email@example.com, especially on the discussion of why scientific method becomes hegemony in acquiring knowledge :))
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we students are so nuch confused between research and scientific method.
what are the basic characteristics of educational research?
nature and characteristic of education
I want to know about:
FOUNDATION OF EDUCATIONAL RESECH inclouding :
1-Nature , structure and assumptions of science
2-Various tools of science: concepts, constructs, definition, hypothesis, theoriees, laws and models.
i want to know the steps in research,and types of research?
Please,i need answers to this question: “Discuss the purpose of educational research” and if possible in Ghana.
hi! i just want to know what are the natures and characteristics of learning..thank you!
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Pls i need more on *the NATURE of research with references
It is intresting and educative
It is intresting and educative.but is educational research art or science or combination of both.
i want to know how does research in education assist in policy maker in making education more responsive?
What are the base characteristics of educational research
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Hie can you please assist me on this question.”Discuss the characteristics of educational research.”I also need some references.
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My questions are as follows» what are the features of a good research? How can I collect data differently and arrived with the same result when dealing with one problem?
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