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Research Methods in Social Studies Education: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
By: Keith C. Barton;
2006 / Information Age Publishing / 9781607525202
This volume fills a significant gap in the scholarship on social studies education by providing thoughtful reflections on research methods in the field. It is not a â€œhow toâ€ guide but an exploration of key issues related to the design and implementation of empirical studies. The authors are active researchers who use varied methods in diverse settingsâ€”including historical research, international comparative studies, survey research, interviews with students and teachers, classroom observations, self-studies and action research, and emancipatory methodologies. They use their own experiences to examine such topics as the conceptualization of research questions, relationships with participants, researchersâ€™ identities, and elicitation of studentsâ€™ and teachersâ€™ thinking. This collection should become indispensable for both beginning and experienced scholars in social studies.
- Ch 1: Introduction
- Ch 2: Notes Toward a Historiography of the Social Studies: Recent Scholarship and Future Directions
- Ch 3: Research, Race, and Social Education
- Ch 4: The Lamp and the Mirror: Action Research and Self Studies in the Social Studies
- Ch 5: Children as Co-Researchers: Developing a Democratic Research Practice with Children
- Ch 6: Donning Wigs, Divining Feelings, and Other Dilemmas of Doing Research in Devoutly Religious Contexts
- Ch 7: Comparative and International Social Studies Research
- Ch 8: Combining Cognitive Interviews and Social Science Surveys: Strengthening Interpretation and Design
- Ch 9: Capturing Candor: Accessing Teachers' Thinking About theCultivation of Historical Empathy
- Ch 10: Oh, the Trouble We've Seen: Researching Historical Thinking and Understanding