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The Field Research Survival Guide
     

The Field Research Survival Guide

by Arlene Rubin Stiffman
 

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This collection of field research narratives from veteran social and behavioral science researchers acknowledges the unpredictability of managing a project and candidly illustrates real-world problems and solutions. Unlike standard research methods texts, each chapter in this book has practical import for the researcher, ties together extant literature, and

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This collection of field research narratives from veteran social and behavioral science researchers acknowledges the unpredictability of managing a project and candidly illustrates real-world problems and solutions. Unlike standard research methods texts, each chapter in this book has practical import for the researcher, ties together extant literature, and illustrates the issues with concrete examples from the authors' own experience. Chapters cover scenarios such as creating an interdisciplinary research team, hiring and training research staff and interviewers, developing the instrument, preparing data for analysis, navigating the IRB and ethical dilemmas, maintaining cultural sensitivity, evaluating the intervention, and disseminating results.

Doctoral students, junior faculty, and research assistants will appreciate this insider's look at the reality of conducting a research project. Designed to supplement traditional textbooks on research methods, The Field Research Survival Guide will be an ideal addition to doctoral courses in departments of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and public health, and an indispensible field guide for those managing a research project.

- An insider's guide to managing the reality of conducting a research project

- Filled with straightforward advice from seasoned researchers

- Chapter outlines summarize and map each scenario for quick reference

- Addresses real-world research dilemmas candidly and knowledgeably

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the experiences of seasoned behavioral science and social researchers in the area of field research.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide examples of issues related to field research from the researcher's perspective. This is a useful goal as it allows new researchers the opportunity to possibly avoid these issues in their research projects.
Audience: The target audience includes new and experienced researchers desiring to learn form experienced researchers. The authors recommend this book for doctoral research courses. Each chapter is authored by recognized leaders in the difference aspects of field research.
Features: This book goes through the steps of the research process from developing the research question to the dissemination of the results. Experienced researchers discuss their experiences at the various steps of the research process and provide realistic recommendations to deal with these issues.
Assessment: While research books normally provide the theoretical foundations of research, this book allows readers to experience the realities of research. It should be useful as a supplementary text for research classes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195325522
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Rubin Stiffman, PhD, is a Senior Scholar and the Barbara A. Bailey Professor of Social Work, Emeritus, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis.

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