Research methods in Education and the Social Sciences

Introduction and contents

The materials listed below are presented on the following pages of this unit in pdf format.

  • Block 1 Principles of social & educational research

    • Unit 1/2 What is social research

    • Unit 3/4 Assessing social research

  • Block 2 Principles of social & educational research

    • Unit 5 Problems, cases and the logic of research studies

    • Unit 6 Experiment and the logic of comparison

    • Unit 7 Case study

    • Unit 8 Sample surveys

    • Unit 9 Varieties of survey and their problems

    • Unit 10 Assessing research designs

  • Block 3 Principles of social & educational research

    • Unit 11 Asking questions

    • Unit 12 Observational research

    • Unit 13 Documentary sources, statistical records and data bases

    • Unit 14 What is done with data

    • Unit 15 Extracting and presenting statistics

    • Unit 16 The politics of operationalization

  • Block 4 Principles of social & educational research

    • Unit 17/18 Analysis of unstructured data

    • Unit 19/20 Analysis of structured data

    • Unit 21 Critical analysis of text

  • Block 5 Principles of social & educational research

    • Unit 22 Producing and evaluating reports

    • Unit 23 In conclusion

  • Other materials (not included in OpenLearn Works)

    • Offprint booklets 1-4

    • AV handbook

    • Computing guide

    • Statistics handbook

    • Assignments booklet

    • Exam book

Learning outcomes