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Field-Based Education

This guide is designed for use by SNHU field-based Master's of Education programs.

Data Collection

Outcome Data


Observational Data


Little Green Books:

  • Weller, S. C., & Romney, A. K. (1988). Systematic data collection. SAGE Publications, Inc.,
  • Behling, O., & Law, K. S. (2000). Translating questionnaires and other research instruments. SAGE Publications, Inc.,

Perceptual Data


See subpage in tab at left - Finding Tests, Surveys & Tools

  • Surveys fit under perceptual data for your research projects. Also on that page are existing surveys/measures to gather ideas for your own research, if it would be of benefit to you.




Identifying Methodologies

SAGE Research Methods Database

The SAGE Research Methods database (Link below) provides definitions, tutorials, videos, cases, etc. about all the different types of research methodologies.

SAGE Research Methods Research Tools

 Click on the Research Tools tab at the top of the screen to see the following tools to help you learn about the different methods and select the tools you need to conduct your research study.

SAGE Research Methods "Research Tools" drop-down menu with Methods Map, Project Planner and Which Stats Test? circled in red.

The Methods Map This link opens in a new window is a tool designed to help you understand how method concepts relate to one another using visualization to understand the world of research methods more easily. The map has an entry for every method concept in SRM. It shows the definition of that term, and provides a link to the content on that subject. To the left of the term are any broader concepts related to the term, and to the right are any narrower concepts related to the term. There are also sometimes related terms below the selected entry. Clicking on a particular concept makes that concept central on the page, and shows broader, narrower and related terms for that particular concept. 

Project Planner This link opens in a new window provides step-by-step guidance to students and researchers in designing and completing a research project. This tool is divided into chronological sections, allowing the user to start from the beginning of the research process or to navigate to specific stages. Just beginning your research project? Try Why Do Research? This link opens in a new window or Developing a Researchable Question This link opens in a new window. Problems collecting data? Navigate to Data Collection This link opens in a new window. Each section starts with a brief synopsis describing what will be covered in that stage and ends with an interactive checklist to ensure all necessary steps have been taken. Throughout the planner, links to helpful content such as videos, the Methods Map, books, and journal articles are included.

Knowing which statistical test to use to answer your question is tricky. Use this simple tool to help narrow down the options!

Video: Using the SRM Methods Map