Educational Research Design

Before publishing, educational research must undergo a careful review from every angle. Analyzing the article thoroughly for validity and the ability to be replicated is an important process to ensure the reliability of the research content. Researchers have created guidelines to assist in evaluating educational researcher that covers to following; Identifying the research question, research design must match research question, examining how the study was conducted, finally detecting rival explanations for the results (Lauer, 2006, p. 41-52).

The guidelines previously mentioned will be used to evaluate research review by Dr. Darling Hammond and Dr. Richardson on the importance of professional development (Darling-Hammond & Richardson, 2009).
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Due to lack of experimental research design, the research design for this article would fall under descriptive research design. The explanation of each review research on the article does not provide a group onto which the results can be compared. It only states that a group of teacher attended professional development over the summer and due to the hours they spend and content of the workshops, they saw an increase in student’s achievement. Equally, important was the findings of the research under the title Design: active, continued learning. This section can be identified as an experimental research design. Once again, maintaining the topic, but having two groups in which they will compare the hours of professional development to student achievement (Lauer, 2006,). The results were encouraging, the most hours’ teachers spend on sustain, and intense professional development saw an increase in their student achievement. On the other hand, the educators who attended fewer professional development hours indicated that there was no improvement in student achievement (Darling-Hammond & Richardson, 2009, p. …show more content…
Does the study facilitate sufficient information to replicate it, who were the subjects, was there a basis for putting participants together, if there was, what was the determining factor to group them together? The information states that participants are teachers, it does not go into specifics as to their grade level, their race, characteristics, experience and certifications (Lauer, 2006, p. 44). Furthermore, this research does not provide specific methods of carrying out the research. It does not disclose, whether the schools were in close distance from each other nor whether it was a random assignment of teachers to participate in professional

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