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Learning From Research

Learning From Research

by Judith Bell, Clive Opie, Clive Opie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335206603

ISBN-13: 9780335206605

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Open University Press

How do I begin to plan my research? How can I be sure that I am collecting useful data and analyzing it appropriately? Do I need a sophisticated understanding of statistics in order to carry out high quality research?

If these are questions that concern you, then you will find great support in this reassuring and down to earth book. It tells the story of five

Overview

How do I begin to plan my research? How can I be sure that I am collecting useful data and analyzing it appropriately? Do I need a sophisticated understanding of statistics in order to carry out high quality research?

If these are questions that concern you, then you will find great support in this reassuring and down to earth book. It tells the story of five postgraduate researchers on their journey to successful completion of Master of Education or PhD degrees. Four of the five were new to research, had demanding full time jobs and so were researching part time - and at a distance. All four undertook quantitative studies and even though two of them claimed to be 'afraid of stats' at the beginning, they all succeeded in producing quality theses. The fifth researcher had previous relevant research experience and had an award that enabled her to carry out a full time qualitative investigation at doctoral level. All five faced sharp learning curves at various times but they learnt from their experiences, as we all do. They discuss very openly some of the mistakes they made, the lessons they learned and, with hindsight, how they might have done things differently.

A comprehensive glossary, key quotations in boxes and detailed annotated further reading combined with a straightforward writing style make this an invaluable text for any researcher.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335206605
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

Part one: The descriptive study

Background to the study and critics of descriptive studies
The preparation
Moving on to data collection
Using computer statistical packages

Part two: The evaluation study

Background to the study, obtaining permission and reviewing the literature
The preparation
Operationalization of the concepts
The questionnaire
The findings

Part three: The experimental study

Background to the study
The literature review
Obtaining permission and ethical dilemmas in experimental research
Aims and purpose of the study
The plan for data collection and analysis
The results

Part four: The ethnographic study

Statement of the problem and purpose of the study
Setting the scene and the analysis of documentary evidence
The review of the literature
The research contract and the principle of informed consent
The fieldwork
Analysing the data
A solution to the problem?

Part five: The survey

Background to the study
The preparation and the planning
The staff questionnaire
Discussion of the findings
Glossary
References
Index.

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