Navigating the Education Research Maze

Contextual, Conceptual, Methodological and Transformational Challenges and Opportunities for Researchers

  • Dolene Rossi
  • Francis Gacenga
  • Patrick Alan Danaher

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Navigating the Politics, Ethics, Philosophies and Theories of Education Research Mazes

  3. Navigating Mazes in and with Specific Research Methods

  4. Navigating Mazes in and with Specific Research Tasks and Technologies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 275-289

About this book


This book depicts rigorous and vigorous accounts of strategies used successfully by researchers to negotiate their way through the research maze. The metaphor of the maze evokes several different and sometimes contradictory elements of contemporary education research, including complexity, confusion, messiness, multiplicity and risk. While these are not necessarily or wholly negative attributes, it is important for researchers to be able to articulate and implement effective strategies for engaging wholeheartedly with these situations to navigate the education research maze. 

The book is structured around three main themes; politics, ethics, philosophies and theories of education research mazes; mazes in and with specific research methods; and mazes in and with specific research tasks and technologies. Each account develops broader lessons for enhancing the impact, quality, relevance and significance of research in other disciplines as well as education. 


Qualitative Research Quantitative Research Mixed-Methods Research School Principals Practice-led Research Design-Based Research School Curriculum Secondary Data Collaborative Research eResearch literature reviews Research computing Research contexts Research ethics Research methods Research philosophy Research politics Secondary data

Editors and affiliations

  • Dolene Rossi
    • 1
  • Francis Gacenga
    • 2
  • Patrick Alan Danaher
    • 3
  1. 1.Central Queensland UniversityNorth RockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  3. 3.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

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