section of the RCBN website contains resources and links to support research
capacity-building. It includes access to: a catalogue of non-RCBN resources
compiled by the RCBN (see below); resources commissioned, developed and/or
prepared by the RCBN; RCBN Recommended References, including access to
a downloadable database of methodological references; RCBN Publications,
including access to the RCBN journal Building Research Capacity; and links
to other key organisations in teaching and learning research. Use the
menu to the left to navigate around these pages.
is the Research Resources Catalogue?
How to use the Research Resources Catalogue?
resources by subject:
Design (about this subject)
Collection Methods (about this subject)
Data (about this subject)
Analysis (about this subject)
and Dissemination (about
Development Needs (about this subject)
is the Research Resources Catalogue?
is a web-based catalogue of resources relating to educational research
compiled by the RCBN. In addition to methods training courses it includes
publications, software and other resources available directly from other
organisations, typically via their web sites. The resources catalogued
here are drawn from across the social sciences, although we attempt to
emphasise their educational research relevance. We also very much welcome
other suggestions for this Research Resources Catalogue. If you have any
such thoughts, ideas or suggestions to improve and extend this catalogue
then please contact us.
to use the Research Resources Catalogue?
Research Resources Catalogue is presented in two ways. First all resources
are listed alphabetically.
Secondly, the Research Resource Catalogue has been subdivided
by 'Subject area' - reflecting
different parts of research methodology and career development. Each resource
has then been classified a 'Resource type'
- indicating the form that this resource is provided. A
resource may cover more than one 'subject area' and/or 'resource type'
and so will be listed under several headings. As
with any catalogue of resources this is neither exhaustive nor can the
categories be easily defined.
When searching for specific resources users are therefore advised to browse
related 'subject areas' in the catalogue. If
you cannot find what you are looking for
you can search by keyword across
the whole of the RCBN website. (Return
Design (return to top)
Resources relating to general research design issues are included
in this section. This covers specific areas such as sampling, for example,
but also discussions and debate about wider issues relating to methodology.
Collection Methods (return to top)
All resources specifically focusing on particular methods of data
collection (rather than analysis) are listed under this subject area.
'Data collection' is defined in its widest sense but, where possible,
research design and data analysis resources have been separated for inclusion
in their respective categories.
Data (return to top)
This section is primarily concerned with documenting sources of secondary
data available to the educational research community. These may take many
different forms, from large-scale numerical datasets to ethnographic observational
accounts. Resources addressing the collection or analysis of such data
are not included in this section but can be found under other subject
Analysis (return to top)
Resources in this section are those that are specifically related
to the analysis of all types of data. This includes the analysis of text
and visual data as well as numerical and statistical analysis. Although
issues of research design and data collection may impact on analytic strategies,
where possible resources in this section are primarily concerned with
Included under this subject heading are not only databases and literature
retrieval systems such as ERIC and SOSIG, but also resources relating
to all stages of reviewing and writing about educational research literature.
This includes referencing software such as EndNote and other resources
which are in any way linked to reading and writing documents. Websites
and other resources that are predominantly useful because the bibliography
or documents they contain, but are linked to a specific methodological
area, are not included in this section and can be found under other headings,
with the 'resource type' listed as 'Publications and References'.
and Dissemination (return
includes all resources concerned with disseminating research findings
and contributing to (and assessing/evaluating) their impact. Resources
relating to debates and discussion surrounding issues of dissemination
and strategies for impact are also covered.
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This section includes information on resources relating to the career
development of educational researchers. This does not include methods
or research training, which are listed in other sections but, rather,
other aspects of professional development.
Organisations regularly offering methods related training courses will
fall into this category. One-off training courses will not usually be
included in the Research Resources Catalogue but will be posted on the
RCBN website's Noticeboard.
Resources that are available to use on-line (or be downloaded) are included
in this category. The emphasis is on interactive resources, rather than
simply information posted on websites.
Research related organisation that are judged to be important, but which
do not offer 'resource types' covered under the other category headings
are listed here. This does not include very large, well-known organisations,
such as the ESRC, BERA and EPPI-Centre, for example, whose details are
available from the Other Links section of the website.
Software available for download on-line is included in this section, in
addition to websites or organisations providing information about software
packages useful for educational and social research.
Websites publishing material that is available to view on-line or download
are included under this heading. Organisations listing references of their
own material or that published in related areas are also included in this