The authors have written a clearly structured and engaging text which will encourage school and college based teachers to “take the plunge” into small scale research. It will be of immense help as background reading for those contemplating research projects since it covers key principles, methodologies, ethics, analysis and presentation of data and findings in a realistic and accessible format. It will make the “research journey” for those studying for additional qualifications less hazardous as the range of potential pitfalls are discussed at length. I was impressed with the overall structure of the text which will support the developing focus on staff measuring the impact of their work and providing evidence of what is working in promoting learning and social outcomes. I was particularly impressed with the sections on managing research bias, critical reading and writing, data collection and analysis. This book is an excellent resource for staff in schools and colleges who are keen to use research to identify and support the achievement and progress of key groups and the impact of their work.