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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book introduces the research process with the focus on planning a research study.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide researchers in planning a study, from question development to the actual proposal. These are useful objectives in light of the effort needed to develop a research proposal.
Audience: Beginning researchers are the primary audience, but experienced researchers can use it as a resource.
Features: The authors stress the importance of writing a researchable question in the first chapter. The remaining chapters are the usual for a research book, such as problem identification, purpose, definition of terms, design, etc. What makes this book different is the focus on planning the study. The authors show readers how the entire process fits together. The final chapter details how to write a research proposal. Chapters have learning objectives and include many examples specific to the chapter topic. Seven appendixes provide exemplars of studies and proposals.
Assessment: This is a must for beginning researchers and a resource for experienced researchers. It guides researchers through the process from developing the research question to completing the proposal. The authors stress that rather than a comprehensive research text, this is a book that focuses on empirical or scientific research. Other resources are to be consulted for other philosophical research methods.