Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science / Edition 3

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science / Edition 3

by Judith Bell
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335203888
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IPreparing the ground5
1Approaches to educational research7
2Planning the project21
3Negotiating access, ethics and the problems of 'inside' research37
4Keeping records, making notes and locating libraries48
5Finding and searching information sources64
6The literature review90
Pt. IISelecting methods of data collection99
7The analysis of documentary evidence106
8Designing and administering questionnaires118
9Planning and conducting interviews135
10Diaries147
11Observation studies156
Pt. IIIInterpreting the evidence and reporting the findings169
12Interpretation and presentation of the evidence173
13Writing the report198
Postscript214
References216
Index226

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