18 July, 2013 Volume 6, Number 41

meta-analysis2LAUNCH YOUR RESEARCH
The CLIC librarians created this Meta-Analysis LibGuide for participants in  the Meta-Analysis workshop sponsored by Curry and led by Dr. Elizabeth Tipton. They hope it will be useful for you, too!

 

writer-at-work-160THE ROLE OF THEORIES IN SCIENTIFIC WRITING
“Theories are formulated to explain, predict, and understand phenomena and, in many cases, to challenge and extend existing knowledge, within the limits of the critical bounding assumptions. The theoretical framework is the structure that can hold or support a theory of a research study. The theoretical framework introduces and describes the theory which explains why the research problem under study exists.”
USC Libraries. (n.d.). Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper: The Introduction, Theoretical Framework. Retrieved from http://libguides.usc.edu/content.php?pid=83009&sid=618409

So where do you find a theory that explains why the research problem you are studying exists.  If you have mused that there must be a book outlining the various theories researchers have developed, you are correct.  Below are some handbooks and books that can help you locate and understand these theories.  Also, most research handbooks contain a chapter or chapters discussing the various theories that apply to the area of study discussed in the handbook.

handbookofcontemporaryTitle: Handbook of Contemporary Learning Theories
Location: There is an online copy and a print copy. The print copy is located in the CLIC’s Handbook Area, room 306, Bavaro Hall
The call number is: LB 1060 .H3457 2001

There is an online version of the book, Handbook of Contemporary Learning Theories. Once you click on the link to access the book, the CLIC librarians suggest that you click on the link, “Download the Ebook” which is located in the left column as this makes it easier to read this book online!

professionalTitle: Professional School Counseling: A Handbook of Theories, Programs, and Practices
Location:
The CLIC’s Handbook Area, room 306, Bavaro Hall
The call number is: LB 1027.5 .P6593 2004
Table of Contents  

 

 

sourcebookTitle: Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods
Location:
The CLIC’s Handbook Area, room 306, Bavaro Hall
The call number is: HQ 728 .S638 1993
Table of Contents

 

 

In addition, you can search databases to locate theories you could consider using in your research or writing. For example, the Seven EBSCO Education databases (which you can search simultaneously) or the PsycINFO database would be potential databases you can use.

 

Cover of the Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th Edition NEW PRINT REFERENCE BOOK
Title: The Hodges Harbrace Handbook, 18th edition
Location: The CLIC’s Reference Area, room 306, Bavaro Hall
The call number is:  PE 1112 .H5 2013
Table of Contents

Note: Reference books in the CLIC may not be checked out, but may be scanned for free or photocopied for 8 cents per page in the CLIC.

 

 

HOOS YOUR  Data spelled out in lights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving research data. See this week’s featured data information below.

 

ipedsTUITION RATES: A REPORT
Are you doing research that looks at tuition rates? If so, this publication is for you! It is rich in data and will definitely be useful to include in your paper or manuscript.

This First Look Report, Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2012-13; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2011-12; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2011-12 presents findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall 2012 data collection, which included three survey components: institutional characteristics for 2012-13—such as degrees offered, type of program, application information, and tuition and other costs; the number and type of degrees conferred from July 2011 through June 2012; and 12-month enrollment data for the 2011-12 academic year.

 

UVa BoxFREE CLOUD-BASED STORAGE FOR YOUR FILES
Are you filling up your Home Directory account and need more storage space for your files?  Do you need to share your files?  Then UVa Box may be the answer to your needs.  UVa Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration service that gives eligible members of the University community the ability to access, store, and share a wide range of non-sensitive/moderately sensitive University files securely—anywhere, anytime, on any device.

This service provides 50 GB of storage and is free to current faculty or staff and degree-seeking UVa students (see eligibility info) for as long as the person is at UVa.  Note: UVa Box is not appropriate for certain types of data, including highly sensitive data (see UVa Box User Responsibilities for more information). Federal/state laws and UVa information policies apply to the use of this service.  For additional information, see the UVa Box FAQs.

 

private-schoolsPRIVATE SCHOOLS DATA
The report, Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results From the 2011–12 Private School Universe Survey, summarizes findings from the 2011-12 Private School Universe Survey.

The Private School Universe Survey (PSS) was developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education and is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The PSS is administered every two years to the universe of private schools in the United States.

 

superintendentsGALLUP  POLL: SUPERINTENDENTS PANEL SURVEY
While many of the nation’s superintendents are optimistic about the potential of the common-core standards and new technology to improve what goes on in classrooms, a healthy percentage are also skeptical about such developments, according to results from the first Gallup-Education Week Superintendents Panel survey.

 

Cover of the NCES report, Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2010–11 (Fiscal Year 2011)  Revenue and Expendi NCES RELEASES REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011
This report, Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2010–11 (Fiscal Year 2011), presents state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2010-11. State education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia provide the data to the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Young child next to a tree trunk with the words America's Children along the bottom.AMERICA’S CHILDREN, 2013  NOW ONLINE
America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well Being, 2013 is a compendium of indicators highlighting the latest data and recent trends on children and their families prepared by the 22 federal agencies of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The 16th in an ongoing series, America’s Children, 2013 contains 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives and features 7 domains—family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

Browse the ChildStats website for additional information.

 

This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians,
Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman, for the Curry School
of Education to support digital scholarship and research.

 

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