Getting Started with Education Research
By: Dr. Natascha Buswell, Co-Director of the UCI Education Research Initiative and Dr. Adrienne Williams, Director, Teaching and Learning Research Center
Big Idea: Education research should be based in literature. You should be able to answer the following questions about your work:
- What have others done to examine your question?
- What evidence do you have that would lead you to believe what you are going to do is going to work?
- What evidence do you have that states that what you are going to do needs to be done?
Setting up the Context
- What is the target group/population of interest?
- Who will benefit from your work?
- What is your Research Question (RQ) / Hypothesis?
- Keywords for your RQ
What have others done to examine your question/hypothesis? Consider the following possible ways of framing your literature review
- Major theories or perspectives on the topic
- Historical development of the topic
- Major researchers’ contributions to the topic
- Controversies or conflicts in the topic
- Answering a research question that requires a synthesis of prior research
- Other contexts in which the topic been explored
- Previous successes related to the topic
Answer the following questions:
- Why should you answer the question you have posed?
- Why will your intervention/implementation work?
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