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Literacy Research Methodologies 3/e

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Different research methods can yield unique insights into literacy learning and teaching—and, used synergistically, can work together to move the field forward. Now revised and updated with 50% new material, this definitive text presents widely used methods and provides students and researchers with a clear understanding of when, how, and why they are applied. Leading authorities describe established and emerging methodologies, review the types of questions they are suited to address, and identify standards for quality. Key issues in research design are accessibly discussed. Each chapter offers one or more exemplars of high-quality published studies to illustrate the approach in action. The benefits of using multiple types of methods to more fully investigate a given question or problem are emphasized throughout.

New to This Edition

  • Chapter on a vital new topic: critical race methodologies.
  • New chapters on core topics: design-based research, causal effects, ethnographic case studies, correlational designs, discourse analysis, instrument development, and verbal protocols.
  • Up-to-date coverage of online research methods, neuroimaging, and other rapidly evolving methodologies.
  • Many of the exemplary studies are new.

Marla H. Mallette, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she also serves as Doctoral Program Coordinator. Her research focuses on early literacy, research methodologies, and mixed methods research in literacy. Dr. Mallette has published and presented on literacy research methodologies and the preparation of literacy researchers, and has used various methodologies in her own work.

Nell K. Duke, EdD, is Professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture and in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. She has a strong interest in bridging gaps between educational research, policy, and practice. Dr. Duke is a recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Literacy Association. She has used a variety of research methodologies in her own research and has taught courses on research design.

Foreword, Seth A. Parsons

1. Introduction, Marla H. Mallette & Nell K. Duke

2. Turtles, Tortoises, Ethnographies, and Case Study: Nuances of Difference and Design, Catherine Compton-Lilly

3. Content Analysis: The Past, Present, and Future, Samuel DeJulio, James V. Hoffman, Misty Sailors, Ramón A. Martínez, & Melissa B. Wilson

4. Correlational Designs and Analyses, Michael J. Kieffer

5. Critical Race Methodologies, Alice Y. Lee & Amos J. Lee

6. Research Methods Unique to Digital Contexts: An Introduction to Virtual Ethnography, Christine Greenhow, Sarah Galvin, & K. Bret Staudt Willet

7. Approaches to Discourse Analysis in Language and Literacy Research, Amy Vetter & Melissa Schieble

8. Design-Based Research in Literacy, Gay Ivey

9. Causal Effects: Randomized Trials and Regression Discontinuity, Christina Weiland, Anne Shapiro, & Julia Lindsey

10. Doing Historical Research in Literacy, Norman A. Stahl & Douglas K. Hartman

11. Instrument Development, Sharon Walpole, John Z. Strong, & Meaghan N. Vitale

12. Meta-Analysis, Adriana G. Bus, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, & Suzanne E. Mol

13. Mixed Research Approaches in Literacy Research, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie & Marla H. Mallette

14. Narrative Approaches: Exploring the Phenomenon and/or Method, M. Kristiina Montero & Rachelle D. Washington

15. Neuroimaging, Jessica A. Church & Jack M. Fletcher

16. Single-Subject Experimental Design, Susan B. Neuman

17. Understanding Literacy Trends Through Survey Research, Gwynne Ellen Ash, James F. Baumann, & James J. Bason

18. Verbal Protocol Analysis in Literacy, Byeong-Young Cho

19. Considerations of Methodology and Epistemology in Designing Literacy Studies, Sarah J. McCarthey

20. Conclusion, Marla H. Mallette & Nell K. Duke

Appendix. Alphabetical Listing of the Exemplars

•The definitive text, updated: 50% new material includes eight new chapters and revisions throughout.
•Additional chapter topic (critical race methodologies), plus fresh perspectives on design-based research and causal effects.
•Essential updates on rapidly evolving topics: online research methods, neuroimaging, and more.
•Exemplary studies are cited in each chapter.

“Probably the single most striking feature…is the depth and breadth of the information presented in each chapter and the general liveliness of the text....Whole books have been written about each and every one of the methodologies presented. And yet, these chapters are amazingly satisfying in their fullness....Even a novice researcher, after reading these chapters, can get a very clear sense of the values, applications, procedures, concerns, standards, and complexities of each methodological approach.”

Journal of Curriculum Studies (on the first edition)

“Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, researchers.”

Choice Reviews (on the first edition)

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