Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton


Book on Practical Research Methods launched

On 28 March 2019 the Education Observatory supported the launch of an exciting new book for budding education researchers. ‘Practical Research Methods in Education: An Early Researcher’s Critical Guide’ published by Routledge.


On 28 March 2019 the Education Observatory supported the launch of an exciting new book for budding education researchers. ‘Practical Research Methods in Education: An Early Researcher’s Critical Guide published by Routledge.

“It was a pleasure to edit this book. The work of Routledge was speedy and efficient throughout and has resulted in a distinctive and significant publication.  Readers in the UK and across the world are already showing substantial interest and we can be confident that Practical Research Methods in Education will make a major contribution to understanding and practice of research.”

Mike Lambert, Editor, @MikeLambert3

The launch event was attended by academics, researchers and students, as well as chapter authors and publisher representatives. Routledge Education Editor Sarah Tuckwell gave some insight from the publisher perspective.

“By examining knowledge, sharing best practice and providing strategies to strengthen engagement, this book paves the way for more inclusive educational research learning experience.”

Sarah Tuckwell, Routledge Higher Education & Research Methods in Education Commissioning Editor, @SarahTEditor

Dr Brendan Bartram, author of the book’s first chapter ‘Using Questionnaires’, gave his opinions of the book and some insight into working as an author.

“The book helps us to reconsider the merits and demerits of particular research approaches. It deals effectively and seriously with the various rationales for selecting particular research methods, and does so in a very accessible and engaging way.”

Dr Brendan Bartram, chapter author, University of Wolverhampton

Other contributions at the launch event came from Professor Michael Jopling, Head of the Education Observatory, who gave context to the book from the University of Wolverhampton, and Marte Blikstad-Balas, University of Oslo, author of a chapter on ‘Using video as data’, who had sent a video message to be played, congratulating all involved and speaking about the development of her chapter.

Aurora Evans, a student at the University of Wolverhampton, gave some insight into how she found the book from various perspectives.

“I was delighted to get an early copy. The book covers a broad range of perspectives and critical reflection and I find it very thorough and insightful. I appreciate the thought-provoking study tasks and supportive reading suggestions and am looking forward to having this book as a companion as I prepare for my undergraduate research project. I am sure it will be of huge benefit to all students who are doing research.”

 Aurora Evans

About the book

Practical Research Methods in Education is a hands-on guide which critically explores and scrutinizes research methods used in educational enquiry. Drawing on the research, practical experience and reflections of active researchers, each chapter offers explanations, examples, tasks for students to undertake and suggestions for further reading, all of which are designed to strengthen understanding of practical methods of data collection in educational and social-science research. Read more on the Routledge website.

If you have any enquiries about this book please email

Quotes from chapter authors

“We try throughout the chapters to give good examples, to problematize the possibilities and challenges and to provide some reflections along the way for the reader. I think the book provides both valuable critical insight and practical advice, which is a very rare combination.”

Marte Blikstad-Balas, University of Oslo

“The book went straight on the ‘Required Reading’ list for our EdD. The important bit of the title is ‘practical’ – the book gives readers the confidence to pursue their educational research with methodological rigour, whilst at the same time reflecting on method itself as a problematic idea. Early-career researchers, students and others will be well supported by this collection, and also rightly challenged by its critical and reflexive flavour.”

Julian McDougall, Bournemouth University

“This book will appeal to both first-time and more experienced researchers. It will also be invaluable to busy lecturers who seek inspiration for conversation, debate and instruction in their modules and courses. I look forward to using the book in my own teaching and recommending it to students for many years to come.”

Jyothsna Latha Belliappa, international educator and researcher, India (writer of the Foreword):

Photos from the event

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