Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers / Edition 2

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Overview

This successful text on carrying out research in 'real world' situations has been thoroughly revised and updated in order to make it as useful as possible to teachers and students from a range of behavioral and social science disciplines.

  • Includes new examples from applied psychology, applied social science, health studies, social work and education.
  • Provides more coverage of qualitative methods.
  • Pedagogical material has been updated to include a glossary and detailed cross-referencing across chapters.
  • Bases the quantitative analysis section around version 10 of SPSS and the section on qualitative analysis around the NUD*IST software.
  • Situates material more clearly within theoretical conceptualizations of the nature of social science research, pointing to the advantages of a critical realist approach.

For sample chapters please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/robson

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Practitioners and professionals working with people (e.g. in education, health, and the social services, as well as in industry) are not infrequently called on to become involved in studies outside the laboratory, often in complex, messy, poorly controlled situations. The emphasis here is on achieving rigor and trustworthiness in such research through systematic procedures appropriate to the task, e.g. multi-method case study alongside field experimentation and the survey. Includes coverage of qualitative and quantitative approaches. Paper edition (17689-6), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213055
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Regional Surveys of the World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Robson is a Professor in the Centres for Applied Childhood Studies and Evaluation Studies at Huddersfield University. He is chief consultant to an international project on special educational needs, statistics and indicators, at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD, Paris.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Acknowledgements
Ways of Using the Book
Pt. I Before You Start 1
1 Real World Enquiry 3
2 Approaches to Social Research 16
3 Developing Your Ideas 45
Pt. II Designing the Enquiry 77
4 General Design Issues 79
5 Fixed Designs 95
6 Flexible Designs 163
7 Designs for Particular Purposes: Evaluation, Action and Change 201
Pt. III Tactics: The Methods of Data Collection 223
8 Surveys and Questionnaires 227
9 Interviews 269
10 Tests and Scales 292
11 Observational Methods 309
12 Additional Methods of Data Collection 346
Pt. IV Dealing with the Data 385
13 The Analysis of Quantitative Data 391
14 The Analysis of Qualitative Data 455
15 Reporting on the Enquiry 500
Afterword 524
App. A Writing a Project Proposal 526
App. B The Roles of Practitioner-Researchers, Researchers and Consultants in Real World Research 534
Glossary 545
References and Author Index 554
Subject Index 587
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