Research Tool-kit, Volume 2: The how-to guide from practical research for education

Alison Lawson

31 January 2011

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One of a range of research books designed to help practioners run research projects in education.

The regular Tool-kit articles published in the practical research for education journal equip readers with the knowledge and skills to carry out their own research. This book follows the Toolkit Volume 1, which featured six articles on subjects ranging from planning your research to collecting evidence on pupil work.

Gathering together nine articles in one volume for easy access, Tool-kit Volume 2 is useful not only to teachers, educational researchers and education students, but to anyone interested in social sciences research more generally.

Written in accessible language with illustrative examples, this Tool-kit is more digestible than a weighty textbook on research methods.

If you’re thinking about doing your own research, this book will help you every step of the way.


1. Using appreciative inquiry in research
2. Using audience response systems in research with children
3. Using focus groups
4. Using the internet to find educational research
5. Writing up research - some tips to get you started
6. Data - does it really speak for itself?
7. Top research websites for teachers
8. Using letters in research: a novel methodology for reflective practice
9. Doing participative practitioner-based research