EDU 9804 : Quantitative Methods of Administration II

Books in the Main Stacks

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Most of the titles located in the Main Stacks can be delivered to the Brookhaven Campus. Simply click on the “Place Hold” button above each title, enter your name and barcode number (from the back of your ID card), and choose “Brookhaven Circulation Desk” as a pick-up location.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

Reference Books

Lanham, MD. (2006). Almanac of American education. Bernan Press.
Helps you understand and compare “the quality of U.S. education at the national, state, and county levels.” Data compiled from the U.S. government and private sources, this volume provides current and historical perspectives on a wide range of topics: school enrollment, per-student expenditures, educational attainment, standardized test sores, and county data. An appendix contains links to useful websites.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference LA 217.2 .A45 2006

Freed, M.N., Hess, R.K., & Ryan, J.M. (2002). The educator’s desk reference (EDR): A sourcebook of educational information and research. Westport, CT: Praeger.
This volume is meant to aid researchers in the field of education in locating both print and electronic resources. Also includes a concise guide to educational software, educational publishers, and books and journals that are staples of the field.
Reference LB1028.27.U6 F74 2002

Guthrie, J. W. (Ed.). (2003). Encyclopedia of education. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.
This eight-volume set seeks to provide a comprehensive look at the “institutions, people, processes, roles, and philosophies found in educational practice.” Signed entries are arranged alphabetically and contain brief bibliographies. Indexed.
Reference & Brookhaven Ref. LB15 .E47 2003

English, F. (Ed.). (2006). Encyclopedia of educational leadership and administration. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Brookhaven Reference LB 2805 .E527 2006

Moore, M.G., & Anderson, W.G. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of distance education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
This volume includes essays written by leading “thinkers and practitioners” of distance education and is meant to provide an overview of the latest research in this rapidly-evolving field.
Brookhaven Ref. LC 5800 .H36 2003

Patten, M.L. (2001). Questionnaire research: A practical guide. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
Patten provides “step-by-step guidance on how to write and use questionnaires in research.” This slim, easy-to-follow handbook will have you conducting meaningful research in no time at all.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference H 62 .P32 2001
Main Stacks H 62 .P32 2001

Patten, M.L. (2002). Understanding research methods: An overview of the essentials. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
Research methods defined! This book provides a brief overview of various research methods as well as explanations of sampling, measurement, and experimental design. Also includes a chapter on understanding statistics and writing a literature review. This short volume would be a good place to start as you begin the proposal process.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference Q 180.55 .M4 P38 2002

Pyrczak, F. (2003). Making sense of statistics: A conceptual overview. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
If numbers give you a headache, this book is for you. The author explains statistics in straight-forward language and illustrates how descriptive and inferential statistics are derived and used.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference QA 276.18 .P97 2003

Reference Books about Writing Dissertations

Glatthorn, A.A., & Joyner, R.L. (2005). Writing the winning thesis or dissertation: A step-by-step guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
The authors “demystify the writing of theses and dissertations” by providing step-by-step guidance, from laying the groundwork to defending the final document.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference LB2369 .G56 2005

Mauch, J.E., & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: A handbook for students and faculty. 5th ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.
Though useful for faculty, this book was primarily written for students. The authors provide an overview of the purpose of the thesis, the role of advisors and committees, and help with writing the manuscript itself. In addition, you’ll find a chapter on what to expect during the defense…and some guidance for how to take your dissertation research further.
Brookhaven Reference LB 2369 .M377 2003

Pan, M.L. (2004). Preparing literature reviews: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
The literature review provides essential background information and puts your research in context. This book will help you decide between qualitative or quantitative reviews as well as determine a topic and write your first draft. The “Checklist of Guidelines” in the back will help keep you on track and seven model literature reviews are also included.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference Q180.55 .E9 P36 2004

Patten, M.L. (2005). Proposing empirical research: A guide to the fundamentals. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.
For students “who are writing their first proposals for empirical research.” Begins with a definition of empirical research and includes chapters on proposing methods of instrumentation and analysis. Students may find the exercises helpful for getting started with the research process and can also look to the sample proposals for further guidance. Very user-friendly and can make a seemingly impossible task much more manageable and much less stressful.
Reference & Brookhaven Reference H62 .P316 2005

Pyrczak, F., & Bruce, R.R. (2003). Writing empirical research reports. 4th ed. Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing.
Recommended for graduate students working on serious papers (theses and dissertations) as well as those who need to write “research-based term papers that resemble journal articles.” This is not a style manual (you’ll need the APA for that), but a series of guidelines that will help you compose the major elements of a research paper, including formulating a hypothesis and writing a literature review.
Brookhaven Reference LB 2369 .P97 2003

Rudestam, K.E. (2007). Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
Brookhaven Reference LB 2369 .R83 2007

How to Locate Peer-Reviewed Journals and Empirical Studies

Peer reviewed is defined by EBSCO Publishing as follows:

  • Blind Peer Reviewed - articles appearing in a journal are sent outside of the journal’s publishing or sponsoring organization for review by external reviewers) who are unaware of the author’s identity.
  • Editorial Board Peer Review - articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by an internal board of editors, not solely by one editor. The author’s identity may be known or unknown.
  • Expert Peer Review - articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by experts whose credentials are known and who are considered experts on the subject matter.

If you are using ERIC EBSCO, to make sure that the journal is peer reviewed you need to check the journal title in the Ulrich’s database. While in ERIC, open the database called “Ulrich’s” (go to the Dowling library homepage, click “databases”; click on the letter “u” at the top, and click on “Ulrich’s”). When you open Ulrich’s, do a quick search for the journal title as keyword (you will find the search box on the top right corner). Read the legend in the box on the right to understand the codes next to your journal title.

Usually, empirical studies include:

  • Methodology
  • Research questions
  • A particular group that is being studied
  • Process used to study a group, maybe a questionnaire/survey instrument for example

To search for empirical studies in ERIC FirstSearch,

  • Type “Reports Research” with the quotation marks in the search box
  • Select “Publication Type” from the drop-down box on the right-hand side.

To search for empirical studies in ERIC EBSCO,

  • Use the advanced search; scroll down until you see “Publication Type”; Select “Reports - Research/Technical”

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