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This paper presents an introduction to basic concepts of educational research for preschool, elementary, and secondary teachers at the Escuela Internacional Sampedrana (EIS) in Honduras who expressed interest in pursuing graduate education in the United States. EIS is a private bilingual (Spanish-English) K-12 school in Honduras. In the first part of the paper, teachers are introduced to the characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and later to a blending of the two methods into an approach known as "disciplined inquiry." The second part of the paper presents an active introduction (including sample worksheets) to reviewing research and synthesizing findings from pertinent research studies into an integrative overview. Specific techniques for constructing such a literature review are noted, including the basic rules of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Three appendixes provide a profile of EIS, the EIS professional development seminar series schedule, and a brief guide for APA writing style. (Contains 11 references.) (MDM)

Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Preschool Teachers, Qualitative Research, Research Skills, Secondary School Teachers, Statistical Analysis

Author: Evans, Thomas J.


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