Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Welcome to the companion website for the second edition of Introduction to Research Methods in Education by Keith Punch and Alis Oancea.

Take advantage of a range of further resources, including:


For students

  • Free chapters giving you access to content that will help develop your understanding of the research process
  • Links to further online resources relevant to those carrying out research
  • Suggestions for further reading to expand your learning
  • Video tutorials to help you get to grips with SPSS


For instructors

  • Teaching notes from Keith Punch giving suggestions for how to use the book alongside your lectures
  • PowerPoint slides that can be edited to fit your needs


About the Book:

Based on Keith Punch’s bestselling Introduction to Social Research Methods, this book introduces the research process in a range of educational contexts. In this updated second edition, you’ll find guidance on every stage of research, with chapters on developing research questions, doing a literature review, collecting data, analysing your findings and writing it all up.

With a new chapter on ethics and additional coverage of Internet research and mixing methods, the second edition contains everything you’ll need if you’re studying on a research methods course or doing a research project for yourself.

Introduction to Research Methods in Education provides you with:

  • Balanced coverage of the range of methods employed by educational researchers
  • Practical advice on collecting and analysing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data
  • A range of examples from student projects to show how research is done in real-life educational settings
  • A companion website with additional resources for lecturers and students.


Keith F Punch is Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia.
Alis Oancea is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Research in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.


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