Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science

Overview

Since it was first published in the late 1980s, Doing Your Research Project has become something of a 'bible' for first-time researchers in social science. This third edition reflects advances in technology and methodology and positions the book to support researchers in the twenty-first century. However, the book's formula remains essentially the same because of its unmatched ability to deliver two key benefits: it will enable you to get through your first research projects successfully and without wasting lots ...
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Overview

Since it was first published in the late 1980s, Doing Your Research Project has become something of a 'bible' for first-time researchers in social science. This third edition reflects advances in technology and methodology and positions the book to support researchers in the twenty-first century. However, the book's formula remains essentially the same because of its unmatched ability to deliver two key benefits: it will enable you to get through your first research projects successfully and without wasting lots of time in trial and error; in the process, it will help you to develop sound techniques and good practice which will serve you well in future research projects.

Discusses planning/keeping records/review of lit./ analysis/designing questionnaires/conducting interviews/etc.

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A practical guide for beginning researchers embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study, and for professionals such as teachers, nurses, and social workers involved in production of research projects. Explains the entire process of a research project, from choosing a topic through production of a report or dissertation, with sections on preparing, selecting methods of data collection, and interpreting and reporting findings. This third edition reflects advances in technology and methodology. The author has worked as a university lecturer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335159888
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 2/28/1987
  • Pages: 160

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Preparing the ground 5
1 Approaches to educational research 7
2 Planning the project 21
3 Negotiating access, ethics and the problems of 'inside' research 37
4 Keeping records, making notes and locating libraries 48
5 Finding and searching information sources 64
6 The literature review 90
Pt. II Selecting methods of data collection 99
7 The analysis of documentary evidence 106
8 Designing and administering questionnaires 118
9 Planning and conducting interviews 135
10 Diaries 147
11 Observation studies 156
Pt. III Interpreting the evidence and reporting the findings 169
12 Interpretation and presentation of the evidence 173
13 Writing the report 198
Postscript 214
References 216
Index 226
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