For introductory educational research courses that take a research consumer approach. Written in a highly readable, non-intimidating style, this text is designed for graduate students enrolled in an introductory educational research course. It prepares them to read educational research reports and to understand and to evaluate what they read. This book introduces students to the role of research in science and instructs them how to locate and read research reports. It provides extensive coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods and describes how researchers collect and analyze data. It then discusses practical limitations on the ways in which research is used.