Chapter 1

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| RESEARCH METHODS |
|Course Notes Writer: Prof. Dr. Abdul Razak Habib |

Course Leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr Abdullah Mohd Noor

TOPIC 1: OVERVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

1. Introduction

This topic will give you the overview of research, research in education and research report. After completing this topic, you should be able to: (a) define research and educational research; (b) explain stages in research; (c) explain research as a problem-solving model; (d) explain the chapters/sections and contents of a research report; and (e) identify stages of research in a research article (Figure 1.1).

Figure 1.1: Topic Contents

1.2 Definition of Research and Educational Research

• This section will explain the basic meanings of “research” and “educational research”, and examples will be given to reinforce your understanding of educational research in with respect to “educational fact” and “educational theories” (Figure 1.2). Stages of research and research as a problem-solving process will be explained in later sections.

Figure 1.2: Research and Educational Research

• Research generally can be defined as “a process of searching again the truth about certain facts or existing theories in a particular area which is guided by intellectual curiosity and systematic planning of data collection and analyses that ends up with a research report about the research and also the new facts, new theories or verification of the existing theories”.

• Educational research can be defined as “a process of searching again the truth about educational facts or existing educational theories which is guided by intellectual curiosity and systematic



References: Ary, D., Jacobs, L.C. & Razavieh, A. (2012). Introduction to Research in Education. U.S.: Wadsworth Thomson Learning. Hanson, E.M. (2013). Educational Administration and Organizational Behaviour (5th edition). New York: Allyn and Bacon. Polya, G. (1962). How to solve it. New York: Doubleday.

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