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Research Methods Reading List

Research Methods Training


Led by Dr. Justine Mercer




Core Reading – you should buy this book.

* Briggs, A., Coleman, M. and Morrison, M.(eds.) (2012) Research Methods in Educational Leadership, Third Edition, London, Sage.

Recommended Reading: - entries in bold are highy recommended.

Bassey, M. (1999) Case Study Research in Educational Settings, Buckingham, Open University Press.

Bennett, N., Glatter, R., and Levacic, R. (eds.) (1994) Improving Educational Management through research and consultancy, London, Paul Chapman Publishing Limited


BERA (2011) Revised Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research, Southwell, BERA.


Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (1996) How to Research, Buckingham, Oxford University Press.


Coffey, A, and Atkinson, P. (1996) Making Sense of Qualitative Data: complementary research strategies, California, Sage Publications Incorporated


Cohen, L. and Manion, L. (1994) Research Methods in Education, London, Sage.


Cresswell, J. W. (1996) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: choosing among five traditions, California, Sage Publications Incorporated.


Denscombe, M. (2002) Ground Rules for Good Research, Maidenhead, Open University Press/McGraw-Hill.


Drever, E. (1995) Using Semi-structured Interviews in Small-Scale Research, Edinburgh, The Scottish Council for Research in Education.


Eisner, E. (1998) The Enlightened Eye: qualitative inquiry and the enhancement of educational practice, New Jersey, Prentice Hall Incorporated.


Hammersley, M. (ed.) (1993) Educational Research: Volume One; Current issues, London, Paul Chapman Publishing Limited/Open University.

Hargreaves, D. (1996) ‘Educational research and evidence-based educational practice – a response to critics’ in Research Intelligence, Number 58 November 1996 pp.12-16.

Hartas, D. (Ed) (2010) Educational Research and Enquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Continuum

Johnson, D, (1994) Research Methods in Educational Management, London, Pitman.


Kemmis, S. (1993) Action research, in: M. Hammersley (Ed) Educational research: current issues (London, Paul Chapman Publishing Limited/The Open University).


Lincoln, Y.S. and Guba, E.G. (1985) Naturalistic Inquiry, Beverley Hills, CA, Sage.


Mercer, J. (2007) The Challenges of Insider-Research in Educational Institutions: wielding a double-edged sword and resolving delicate dilemmas, Oxford Review of Education 33(1), 1-17.

Middlewood, D. and Abbott, I. (2011) Achieving Success with Your Leadership Project, London, Sage.

Miles, M. B. and Huberman, A. M. (1984) Qualitative Data Analysis: a handbook of new methods, California, Sage Publications Incorporated.


Phillips, D.C. (1993) ‘Subjectivity and objectivity: an objective inquiry’ in Hammersley, M. (ed.) Educational Research: Volume one: current issues, London, Paul Chapman Publishing Limited/The Open University.


Platt, J. (1981) “On interviewing one’s peers”, The British Journal of Sociology, 32 (1), pp.75-91.


Powney, J. and Watts, M. (1987) Interviewing in Educational Research, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul Limited.


Pring, R. (2001) Philosophy of Educational Research, London, Continuum.


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


Robson, C. (1993) Real World Research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, Oxford, Blackwell Publishers Limited.


Schon, D. (1983) The Reflexive Practitioner, London, Temple Smith


Silverman, D. (2006) Interpreting Qualitative Data: methods, for analysing talk, text and interaction, third edition, London, Sage Publications.


Silverman, D. (2010) Doing Qualitative Research: a practical handbook, third edition, London, Sage Publications.


Stake, R. E. (1995) The Art of Case Study Research, London, Sage.


Strauss, A. and Corbin, J. (1990) Basics of Qualitative Research: grounded theory procedure and techniques, California, Sage Publications Limited.


Tooley, J. and Darby, D. (1998) Education Research - a critique: a survey of published educational research, London: Office For Standards In Education.


Walford, G. (2001) Doing qualitative educational research: a personal guide to the research process, London, Continuum.


Yin, R.K. (1993) Applications of Case Study Research, London, Sage.


Quantitative Methodology:

Gorard, S. (2001) Quantitative Methods in Educational Research: The role of numbers made easy, London : Continuum.


Kinnear, P.R and C.D.Gray, (1994) SPSS for Windows Made Simple, Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Muijs, D. (2004) Doing Quantitative Research in Education, London : Sage Publications.