Researcher Coach has been written with a sole purpose in mind: to give researchers sufficient theoretical and practical support so that they gain a sense of self-direction and autonomy in the process of formulating and conducting their research. From the core notions of paradigm, ontology, epistemology, axiology, methodology, methods, and research questions; researchers are guided through the fundamental elements involved in planning and executing their research. This book is not only concerned with supporting researchers in the process of formulating a valid and sound inquiry that is viable and methodologically rigorous, but it also emphasizes the importance of community impact. The reader will learn how to conduct the literature review that grounds their inquiry as well as provides context and justification for the execution of the study. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including methods and data analysis techniques, are presented in great detail as well as describing the sequential approach for presenting the study’s results and how to support those with tables and/or figures. The book closes with chapters devoted to the interpretation and discussion of the results, as well as general items related to formatting and project completion for publication.
Ximena P. Suarez-Sousa is a professor of the Department of Leadership and Learning at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is core faculty and coordinator of the Doctor of Education degree program.
Boyd L. Bradbury is a professor and chair of the Department of Leadership and Learning at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a core faculty member in the Doctor of Education degree program.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Research
Chapter 2: Writing the Introduction
Chapter 3: The Literature Review
Chapter 4: Methodology
Chapter 5: Writing the Results
Chapter 6: Writing the Discussion
Chapter 7: Qualitative Research Designs
Chapter 8: Quantitative Research Designs
Chapter 9: General Research Items
Chapter 10: Conclusion
About the Authors
A publishing effort that is clear, concise, current, and also profound and instructional in the face of the abundant production in the field of research methodology is difficult to find. This is achieved by the authors of Researcher Coach, who have incorporated updated concepts and current trends applied to the educational field with rigor and sophisticated clarity.
This book guides the reader through the research process in a way that is honest, down-to-earth, and applicable. It is clear the authors genuinely want to help others understand the research journey and succeed in their academic endeavors. The resource is scholarly, yet simple enough in its language to be inclusive and inviting to all levels of research expertise. The authors provide meaningful insight while giving relatable examples that break through the barriers of abstraction and fear that often paralyze novice researchers and their mentors/coaches.
Researcher Coach reflects the authors' experience and expertise with research. In addition, the book has the quality of being a document that deals with complex issues in a simple and friendly way, without losing its rigor and remaining useful for any discipline. It is a book that fills a gap in the academic literature, highly recommended and easy to read for English and Spanish speakers.
Writing a dissertation can be a long, exhausting, and often confusing process. This book serves as a metaphorical North Star to guide one towards the successful completion of their research journey. This book is a must-have for all who are embarking into the world of research.
With blended backgrounds as accomplished teachers and researchers, Dr. Bradbury and Dr. Suarez-Sousa offer a practical, real-world guide for navigating the vast sea of techniques and approaches to academic research. The Researcher Coach is a must-have for every new researcher or anyone starting out their doctoral dissertation journey!