The updated Fourth Edition of Rossman and Rallis’s popular introductory text leads the new researcher into the field by explaining the core concepts through theory, research, and applied examples. Woven into the chapters are three themes that are the heart of the book: first, research is about learning; second, research can and should be useful; and finally, a researcher should practice the highest ethical standards to ensure that a study is trustworthy. The Fourth Edition includes an elaborate discussion of systematic inquiry as well as a nuanced discussion of developing a conceptual framework.

The Researcher as Competent and Ethical


Marla, Ruth, and Anthony are at the point in their learning when they question the processes they might use in their studies. They aim to be competent researchers—that is, to use the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct studies that produce meaningful findings that are trustworthy and useful. But they are confused by what makes a study trustworthy and useful. They are wondering how the setting will influence what they do and in turn how their research will affect the setting and the participants. They have read about standards for practice established by various groups (institutional review boards [IRBs]; the National Research Council [NRC]; and various professional groups such as the American Educational Research Association, the ...

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