Research Methodology

A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Author: Ranjit Kumar

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0857023454

Category: Reference

Page: 440

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Written specifically for students with no previous experience of research and research methodology, the Third Edition of Research Methodology breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable steps and provides plenty of examples throughout to link theory to the practice of doing research. The book contains straightforward, practical guidance on: - Formulating a research question - Ethical considerations - Carrying out a literature review - Choosing a research design - Selecting a sample - Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data - Writing a research report The third edition has been revised and updated to include extended coverage of qualitative research methods in addition to the existing comprehensive coverage of quantitative methods. There are also brand new learning features such as reflective questions throughout the text to help students consolidate their knowledge. The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on qualitative or quantitative research projects.
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Social Work Research in Practice

Ethical and Political Contexts

Author: Heather D'Cruz,Martyn Jones

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 144628722X

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This new edition of Social Work Research in Practice: Ethical and Political Contexts explores the intrinsic connection between knowledge, research and practice in social work. The authors argue that through a better appreciation of research, the highest standards of social work can be achieved. The second edition investigates contemporary approaches which impact on the discourses of social work research, including: - Evidence-based practice - User-led research - Anti-oppressive practice - Practice-based research Each chapter has been fully updated with a rich range of case examples and references. Further reading is also included, so that readers can expand their knowledge. This book is a valuable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners working in the field of social work. Heather D'Cruz works as a Consultant: Research and Professional Education. Martyn Jones is Associate Dean at RMIT University.
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Advanced Research Methods

A Practical Guide for Social Research Projects

Author: Catherine Dawson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472110102

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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This book is suitable for research in social science subjects such as sociology and psychology; humanities subjects such as history and human geography; education, nursing and related fields. It guides the researcher through each stage of the research process and covers issues such as: Generating ideas and justifying the topic. Colecting and analysing data. Producing a thesis and passing a viva. Csting the project and obtaining funding. It also provides practical information along with examples, tips and exercises that will help to move a project forward.
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Doing Case Study Research

A Practical Guide for Beginning Researchers

Author: Dawson R. Hancock,Bob Algozzine

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 080777555X

Category: Education

Page: 115

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Reflecting recent knowledge and developments in the field, this very practical, easy-to-use guide emphasizes learning how to do case study research—from the first step of deciding whether a case study is the way to go to the last step of verifying and confirming findings before disseminating them. The authors show students how to: determine an appropriate research design; conduct informative interviews; record observations; document analyses; delineate ways to confirm case study findings; describe methods for deriving meaning from data; and communicate their findings. Featuring many new examples, the Third Edition offers step-by-step guidance to help beginning researchers through the stages of planning and implementing a thesis, dissertation, or independent project. This succinct “how-to” guide is an excellent place for anyone to begin doing case study research. Book Features: Straightforward introduction to the science of doing case study research. A step-by-step approach that speaks directly to the novice investigator. Many concrete examples to illustrate key concepts. Questions, illustrations, and activities to reinforce what has been learned. “Hancock and Algozzine have developed an important resource for guiding novice researchers to use logical thinking when conducting case study research. The examples and step-by-step approach illustrate the importance of incorporating theory and practice.” —Claudia Flowers, professor, UNC Charlotte “Hancock and Algozzine have written the ‘go-to’ book on case study research. They start out with how case studies fit in with the continuum of qualitative and quantitative research, walk the reader through the stages and methods of case study research, and tie it all together with the “how-to” of preparing proposals and disseminating the results. Each chapter of this easy-to-read text ends with a set of content review questions and activities that guide the reader through applying the material.” —William Owings, professor, Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia “While this comprehensive basic research tool is intended for doing case study research, the book also includes work on research foundations, stages of doing research,? and putting it all together, it is most applicable to a range of research designs, other? than case studies.” —Terry Cicchelli, professor emerita, Fordham University
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Research Methods in Early Childhood

An Introductory Guide

Author: Penny Mukherji,Deborah Albon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473909279

Category: Education

Page: 344

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Packed full of even more examples of research methods in practice, this second edition now comes with a fantastic website giving you all you need to understand research methods in early childhood. With new case studies and reflective tasks throughout, this bestselling textbook covers all you need to know about undertaking research in early childhood, including action research, ethics and doing your research project. Online, you’ll find: - Quizzes to test your methods knowledge - Free journal articles with accompanying activities to broaden understanding and develop critical thinking - Useful web links as well as videos of the authors answering FAQs about research If you are undertaking research in early childhood then this book is for you.
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Doing Qualitative Research

Author: David Silverman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446242315

Category: Social Science

Page: 472

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Lecturers, click here to request an e-inspection copy of this text Written in a lively, accessible style, Doing Qualitative Research, 3rd Edition provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data. He provides practical advice on key issues such as: defining 'originality' and narrowing down a topic; keeping a research diary and writing a research report;and presenting research to different audiences. Doing Qualitative Research, 3rd Edition, is substantially updated and revised. Among its new, attractive features are: - problem-based format, making extensive use of statements and queries by recent research students - two new chapters on data-gathering and ethical issues in student research - material relevant for both Masters and PhD students - examples from many social science disciplines and from Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe - detailed discussion of different analytical models used in research - additional material on the treatment of visual data - an updated chapter on computer-aided qualitative data analysis - boxed tips and links to websites throughout the text - an expanded index and glossary - a companion website which includes further readings and exercises Each stage in the research process is grounded in worked examples based on the experiences of real students, with exercises designed both to test readers' knowledge and to encourage the development of practical skills. This hugely popular textbook is essential reading for anyone planning their own research project. David Silverman is Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College and Visiting Professor, Management Department, Kings College, University of London.
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Focus Groups

A Practical Guide for Applied Research

Author: Richard A. Krueger,RICHARD A AUTOR KRUEGER,Mary Anne Casey

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761920717

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

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Focus Group: A Practical Guide for Applied Research was the standard for learning how to conduct a focus group. This highly acclaimed book in its third edition includes numerous updates and improvements: - Vignettes drawn from small and large focus groups that illustrate problems that come up and effective ways to resolve the issues. - Designing questions for asking effective questions to draw out a group and how to refine them based on the group's responses. - Collaborative Approach updated to address the latest ways to implement the empowerment and action research. - Budgeting how to more effectively budget for a focus group - Coding how to more effectively use existing software packages to code and analyze the results of a focus group.
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Social Research Methods

Author: Alan Bryman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199202959

Category: Social Science

Page: 748

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Now in a vivid full-color format, the third edition of Social Research Methods provides students with a uniquely straightforward explanation of the central approaches and techniques in social research methods. Integrating theory with practice, author Alan Bryman demonstrates the contexts in which different research methods are used and also shows how they should be implemented. In clear, student-friendly language, Bryman covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods--and the differences between them--as well as mixed-methods research, a subject on which he is an authority. Avoiding complicated mathematical formulas, he takes a non-technical approach to the range of tools available for the analysis of quantitative data. This approach provides students with a clear guide for creating their own research projects, choosing a method of analysis, interpreting their findings, and writing up their research. Thoroughly revised and updated in this third edition, Social Research Methods features exciting new boxed material, including helpful "Research in Focus" boxes that put real-life research in perspective; reinforcing "Key Concepts" boxes that provide definitions of new terms; handy "Tips and Skills" boxes offering practical advice; and finally, engaging "Thinking Deeper" boxes, which introduce discussion topics and debates on the complexities of social research methods. The text also includes several brand-new chapters. Offering an insightful perspective on the nature of social research and a practical guide to doing it, Social Research Methods, Third Edition, is an ideal text for both undergraduate and graduate courses in social research methods. New to this Edition · New boxed material, including actual student experiences that detail the practices and problems social science students may encounter in the research process · A brand new chapter, "The Literature Review," which introduces the main steps in beginning a research project and conducting a critical review of literature · A revised chapter, "Planning a Research Project and Formulating Research Questions," which takes students through the research process and offers advice on how to best manage it · Fully updated material on using the internet as a source of data and a medium for conducting research · New screen-shots and step-by-step instructions for the latest versions of SPSS and NVivo, which help students analyze quantitative and qualitative data Supplements A Companion Website for both students and instructors. · For instructors, the website offers a test bank, PowerPoint slides, notes to accompany the slides, and case studies with questions. · For students, the site provides instant feedback multiple-choice questions, web links, an online research guide, interactive Excel tutorials, an interactive project guide, and accounts of real-life student research experiences.
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SPSS Survival Manual

A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS

Author: Julie Pallant

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741762421

Category: Reference

Page: 372

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The SPSS Survival Manual throws a lifeline to students and researchers grappling with the SPSS data analysis software. In this fully revised edition of her bestselling text, Julie Pallant guides you through the entire research process, helping you choose the right data analysis technique for your project. From the formulation of research questions, to the design of the study and analysis of data, to reporting the results, Julie discusses basic and advanced statistical techniques. She outlines each technique clearly, with step-by-step procedures for performing the analysis, a detailed guide to interpreting SPSS output and an example of how to present the results in a report. For both beginners and experienced SPSS users in psychology, education, business, sociology, health and related disciplines, the SPSS Survival Manual is an essential guide. Illustrated with screen grabs, examples of output and tips, it is supported by a website with sample data and guidelines on report writing. In this third edition all chapters have been updated to accommodate changes to SPSS procedures, screens and output. A new flowchart is included for SPSS procedures, and factor analysis procedures have been streamlined. It includes extra examples and material on syntax. Additional datafiles are available on the book's support website.
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Media and Communication Research Methods

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452256578

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 365

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Employing his signature style—a practical focus, the use of numerous illuminating examples, an easy to follow step-by-step approach, and engaging humor that makes the material approachable—Arthur Asa Berger updates and enhances his best-selling introductory text, Media and Communication Research Methods: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Third Edition. The new edition combines insightful discussions of qualitative and quantitative media and communication research methods as it covers each topic thoroughly in a fun-to-read style. Ideal for beginning research students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, this proven book is clear, concise, and accompanied by just the right number of detailed examples, useful applications, and valuable exercises that are sure to get your students to want to understand, and master, media and communication research.
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