Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners / Edition 3

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Research Methodology: A step-by-step guide for beginners, second edition, is designed specifically for students with no previous experience or knowledge of research and research methodology. It links theory with eight practical steps central to any research process. It focuses on developing research skills by providing practical examples from both qualitative and quantitative research for a balanced and comprehensive grounding in research methodology.
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Editorial Reviews

Dr Liane Purnell
This edition contains essential information for beginning researchers and it is presented in a clear and coherent way which engages the reader. The reader is carefully supported through references to research, questions posed and very well thought through examples. This is a publication which is a pleasure to read cover to cover, although it can be dipped into as necessary. Careful and appropriate support is provided to enable a beginning researcher to start research with an appropriate level of confidence.
Inspection Copy Feedback - Dr. Claire Collins
This is a very good book for people who are unfamiliar with the research process. It steps the student through the rationale of doing research in the social sciences and the step by step approach to building up the research capability that masters or early doctoral students will need. It does not cover some areas of the foundations of research, for example the philosophy behind conducting this type of research and, therefore this would have to be supplemented by other texts. However, I have added this to our reading list and would recommend it particularly to those who have been out of academia for a while and have not conducted empirical research in the past.
Mark Barnett
Excellent book, explains research methodology really well, clear and easy to follow. I will be using this book on a number of programmes to develop students understanding of research methodology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849203005
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/2010
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia for 30 years. He is currently a freelance research and evaluation consultant in Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

1 Research : a way of thinking 1
2 The research process : a quick glance 15
3 Reviewing the literature 29
4 Formulating a research problem 39
5 Identifying variables 54
6 Constructing hypotheses 72
7 The research design 83
8 Selecting a study design 92
9 Selecting a method of data collection 117
10 Collecting data using attitudinal scales 143
11 Establishing the validity and reliability of a research instrument 152
12 Sampling 163
13 Writing a research proposal 187
14 Considering ethical issues in data collection 209
15 Processing data 219
16 Displaying data 247
17 Writing a research report 265
18 Research methodology and practice evaluation 273
App Developing a research project - a set of exercises for beginners 305
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