Our #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘The Mixed Methods Reader,’ edited by Vicki L. Plano Clark and John W. Creswell

This week’s #NewBookoftheWeek at Murray State Univerisity is The Mixed Methods Reader, edited by Vicki L. Plano Clark and John W. Creswell.

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The Mixed Methods Reader

What are “Mixed Methods”?
When you learn how to conduct research, your instructors will often discuss one of two methods: qualitative or quantitative. Qualitative research is based on personal observations of a study and quantitative research relies on information collected. For example, let’s say we want to study child obesity. A qualitative approach would be to conduct interviews and observe a group of children and see what environmental factors lead some to become obese and others not. A quantitative approach would be to take blood tests and analyze what is different between the children that become obese and those that are not. A mixed methods approach would be to incorporate both research methods in a study.

A number of books have been published recently that incorporate mixed methodologies; however, Plano Clark and Creswell’s book address the history of mixed methodologies developing over the past 30 years (SAGE Publications ). According to SAGE Publications:

The Mixed Methods Reader, edited by two leading researchers in mixed methods research, offers students and researchers a rich balance of foundational works and exemplary studies across a range of disciplines.

You can find a copy of The Mixed Methods Reader on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

Our #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘Why We Teach Now,’ edited by Sonia Nieto

Why We Teach Now is Sonia Nieto’s follow-up to the bestseller Why We Teach You can find a copy of the book on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

‘Why We Teach Now’

Why We Teach Now dares to challenge current notions of what it means to be a “highly qualified teacher” á la No Child Left Behind, and demonstrates the depth of commitment and care teachers bring to their work with students, families, and communities. This sequel to Nieto’s popular book, Why We Teach, features powerful stories of classroom teachers from across the country as they give witness to their hopes and struggles to teach our nation’s children. Why We Teach Now offers us the voices of teachers like 42-year veteran Mary Ginley, who wonders, “Why would anyone with any brains and imagination ever want to be a teacher?” Who then answers her own question affirmatively, “It’s because somehow, even today, even with all the insanity, all the rules, all the poorly designed textbooks, all the directives to teach to the test, there are kids out there who need good teachers.”

At a time when politicians, policymakers, and philanthropists are quick to denigrate teachers’ work and arrogantly speak for the profession,Why We Teach Now offers teachers the room and respect to speak for themselves. Once again, Nietogives teachers and those who care about education the inspiration and energy to embrace their role as advocates—a role that is vital not only for the well-being of students but also for the future of the profession and our nation.  — Teacher’s College Press

Our #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning After the Death of a Student,’ by Rick Ayers

An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning After the Death of a Student is our #NewBookoftheWeek at Murray State University. The book is available on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

‘An Empty Seat in Class’

The death of a student, especially to gun violence, is a life-changing experience that occurs with more and more frequency in America’s schools. For each of these tragedies, there is a classroom and there is a teacher. Yet student death is often a forbidden subject, removed from teacher education and professional development classes where the curriculum is focused instead on learning about standards, lesson plans, and pedagogy. What can and should teachers do when the unbearable happens? An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of student death and suggests ways of dealing and healing within the classroom community. This book weaves the story of the author’s very personal experience of a student’s fatal shooting with short pieces by other educators who have worked through equally terrible events and also includes contributions from counselors, therapists, and school principals. Through accumulated wisdom, educators are given the means and the resources to find their own path to healing their students, their communities, and themselves. — Teachers College Press

Profesor Rick Ayers is a professor of education at the University of San Francisco and is the co-author of the bestseller, Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom with William Ayers.

MSU Featured Author: Ajay Das

224Dr. Ajay Das, Asst. Professor in Adolescent, Career and Special Education, is our Featured MSU Author. His article, “Perceptions of ‘inclusion’ and perceived preparedness among school teachers in Sri Lanka,” is featured in Teaching and Teacher Education.

Volume: 43         Pages: 143-153         Published: OCT 2014

To read more information on the article, click here. On behalf of everyone at University Libraries, we want to congratulate Dr. Ajay Das on his published work.