How to Do a Research Project: A Guide for Undergraduate Students / Edition 1

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Overview

In How to do a Research Project, Colin Robson has created an essential tool for students. Written specifically to address the needs and concerns of the undergraduate, this tightly focused volume guides students through the process of conducting and completing a research project and is relevant to all disciplines that require the use of social research methods. Friendly and accessible, this text includes a number of accompanying support materials to further aid students. Closely integrated sets of end-of-chapter tasks covering all aspects of research projects from design to completion, as well as lists of suggested further readings, enhance each chapter. Additionally, an extensive associated website gives students access to a wide range of helpful materials relevant to their particular needs, making this book an invaluable resource. In How to do a Research Project, Colin Robson has created an essential tool for students. Written specifically to address the needs and concerns of the undergraduate, this tightly focused volume guides students through the process of conducting and completing a research project and is relevant to all disciplines that require the use of social research methods. Friendly and accessible, this text includes a number of accompanying support materials to further aid students. Closely integrated sets of end-of-chapter tasks covering all aspects of research projects from design to completion, as well as lists of suggested further readings, enhance each chapter. Additionally, an extensive associated website gives students access to a wide range of helpful materials relevant to their particular needs, making this book an invaluable resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent, succinct, comprehensive, one-stop resource. Studentsand tutors will appreciate the book's accessibility, clarity, easeof use and practical suggestions for how to conduct a well informedand rigorous research project. " Saul Becker, Director ofResearch, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University ofNottingham

"As someone responsible for an honours thesis seminar inanthropology, where undergraduates are to undertake their ownresearch projects, I found this newest contribution by Colin Robsonto be of substantial value and special merit. Robson is keenlyaware of the many difficulties encountered by students in makingthe transition from consumers to producers of knowledge. This workdraws in readers with illuminating guidelines and it educates eventhose with an advanced knowledge in research methods. As usual,Robson is able to synthesize and present knowledge distilled notjust from personal experience but also from his coverage of thevast methods literature. He does so in a manner that, far fromoverwhelming students, furnishes students with an invitation toundertake exciting projects in social research that will surelyleave them with a lasting impression." Dr Maximilian Forte,Department of Sociology and Anthropology, ConcordiaUniversity

"Colin Robson has produced a practical guide for undergraduatesconducting research projects. The text is clear and accessible andincludes material on planning, conducting and writing-up projects.It will be a valuable guide for beginners." Bob Burgess,University of Leicester

"Having just graduated, I wish this book had been available whenI was pursuing my undergraduate degree. Research projects can bevery daunting for undergraduate students when they are let loose ona project of their own in the third year. This book provides somehandholding during these times with its very clear and logicalstructure... This book’s main purpose is to aid final-yearundergraduate students, but it would also benefit levels one andtwo as it explains the basics of conducting research projects andgeneral information, such as ethics and plagiarism in a clear andaccessible way... This book levels the playing field of informationso that all students have the same basis for their projects, e.g.,a clear understanding of design and research types... Lecturerscould use this book as a primer to save time explaining the basics,thereby allowing more time for expert guidance... How to Do aResearch Project brings clarity, simplicity, and brevity to themethodology behind research projects. I suggest thathigher-education institutions recommend this accessible andpractical book to students as prerequisite reading whereapplicable.' Tamsin Shaw, University of Leeds (in 'QualitativeResearch In Psychology')

"How to Do a Research Project...is a highly readable,engaging guide that provides the necessary technical detail minusthe dryness. ... This volume...represents a comprehensive yetconcise primer for anyone contemplating undertaking research. It isalso a constructive resource for instructors and supervisors ofstudent research. ... Drawing on his lengthy career in research andteaching, Robson interjects the mundane realities, potentialpitfalls, and other considerations likely to arise during theresearch process. ... After reading the text in its entirety,students will find these handy reference tools [text boxes] usefulto return to when conducting a live research project. ...Included also is a valuable section on searching, reviewing, andsummarizing the literature that will be useful for students. ...forthe novice or tentative researcher Robson's commonsense style ofwriting conveys an intuitive grasp of the process that brings thereader into the "feel" of the project, breaking the researchprocess down into logical, manageable stages, which is empoweringand encouraging, rather than presenting the process as a dauntingone that can dissuade students. ... At a cost of $24.95 (US/Cdn)this book is accessible to students and it is not justanother dry, dull research methods textbook." Lynn Eldershaw,PhD, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology,University of Alberta (in International Journal of QualitativeMethods 6 (2) June 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405114905
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 521,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Robson is a Professor in the Centres for Applied Childhood Studies and Evaluation Studies at Huddersfield University, and chief consultant to a major international project on the education of children with disabilities, difficulties and disadvantages, OECD, Paris. He is the author of the bestselling Real World Research, (second edition, Blackwell, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledegments.

Introduction.

PART I: Making preparations:.

Project planning checklist.

1 Preliminaries.

Recognizing realities.

As a student on a course.

If you are by yourself.

If you are doing this as part of your job.

To everybody.

Making it worthwhile.

Considering your audience(s).

Individual or group research?.

Types of group research.

Support groups.

Working together successfully.

Project milestones.

The structure of the book.

End-of-chapter tasks.

Further reading.

Chapter 1 tasks.

2 Approaches to research.

A concern for truth.

Different purposes of research.

Description.

Exploration.

Explanation.

Emancipation.

Research design.

The qualitative/quantitative divide.

Fixed and flexible designs.

Fixed designs.

Flexible designs.

Overview of some different research traditions.

Action research.

Case studies.

Documentary analysis.

Ethnographic research.

Evaluation research.

Experiments.

Grounded theory studies.

Surveys.

A note on feminist research.

Choosing an approach.

Further reading.

Chapter 2 tasks.

3 Developing your ideas.

Selecting a topic.

Replication research.

From a topic to research questions.

From research questions to a research design.

Do I really need research questions?.

Hypotheses.

Developing the design.

Finding and using sources.

Planning the search for sources.

Internet searching.

Library searching.

Asking the author.

Dealing with the sources.

Ethical considerations.

Ethics committees.

Ethics guidelines.

Avoiding the unethical.

Confirming your choices.

Further reading.

Chapter 3 tasks.

4 Selecting the method(s) of collecting data.

Trustworthiness and credibility.

Reliability.

Validity.

Research arguments.

Data collection methods.

Interviews.

Fully structured interviews.

Semi-structured interviews.

Unstructured interviews.

Group interviews.

Telephone interviews.

Using interviews in your project.

Questionnaires and diaries.

Questionnaires.

Diaries.

Using questionnaires or diaries in your project.

Tests and scales.

Using tests or scales in your project.

Observation – structured and participant.

Structured observation.

Participant observation.

Using observation in your project.

Using documents and other secondary sources.

Library research.

Unobtrusive measures.

Using documents in your project.

Other methods.

Using multiple methods.

Which method?.

Further reading.

Chapter 4 tasks.

PART II: Doing it:.

5 Practicalities of data collection.

Sampling and sample sizes.

Representative samples.

Non-probability samples.

Informed consent.

Laboratory research.

Gaining access for field research.

Formal and informal contracts.

Getting on and getting out.

Insider research.

Pilots.

Collecting the data.

What to do if you run into difficulties or out of time.

Further reading.

Chapter 5 tasks.

PART III: Making something of it:.

6 Analysing and interpreting your findings.

What this chapter tries to do.

Preparing for analysis.

Quantitative (numerical) data.

Categorical variables.

Ordered categorical variables.

Summarizing and displaying categorical data.

Continuous variables.

Calculating summary statistics with continuous variables.

Calculating variability.

Displaying continuous variables.

Statistical tests and statistical significance.

Effect sizes.

Clinical significance.

What test do I use?.

Qualitative data.

Data reduction and organization.

An example – the grounded theory approach to analysis.

Using specialist computer packages for qualitative dataanalysis.

Summary of qualitative data analysis.

Interpretation - what is going on here?.

Further reading.

Chapter 6 tasks.

7 Writing the report.

Planning and drafting.

Research arguments.

Claims.

Reasons and evidence.

Considering your audience(s) again.

Avoiding plagiarism.

Professional standards.

Language matters.

References.

Abstracts and executive summaries.

The first full draft.

Revising and polishing.

The final version.

Other forms of presentation.

A final word.

Further reading.

Chapter 7 tasks.

References and author index.

Subject index

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