Review Essay: Encouraging Students to Think About Research as a Process

  • Mark A. Earley Bowling Green State University
Keywords: research design, experimental research, longitudinal research, cross-sectional research, case study research, research methods


In Research Design in Social Research, David DE VAUS presents a wonderful opportunity for research design students and practitioners to think more about the planning and process of research design. DE VAUS structures his text by presenting introductory research design tools followed by sections on experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional, and case study designs. Each section presents types within each category, issues in conducting these types of research, and data analysis recommendations. The text is accessible to a variety of audiences, from beginner to experienced, regardless of the discipline. What makes this text stand out as highly useful for the classroom is the author's continued insistence that "there is no right way of developing ideas" (p.23), and that researchers must continue to think about what they are doing rather than blindly doing it. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs020420


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Author Biography

Mark A. Earley, Bowling Green State University
Mark A. EARLEY is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Education at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. His research interests currently involve statistics education, statistics classroom environments, and student understandings in statistics. He teaches courses in introductory statistics and research design as well as an introductory qualitative research course. EARLEY has also presented qualitative research papers at the Midwest Qualitative Research meeting in Minneapolis, MN and at the 2nd Statistical Reasoning, Thinking, and Literacy Forum in Armidale, NSW, Australia.
How to Cite
Earley, M. A. (2002). Review Essay: Encouraging Students to Think About Research as a Process. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(4).
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