Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners / Edition 1

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Overview

This immensely practical book is designed for anyone new to research and planning to undertake a research project. The textbook is organized around eight operational steps that constitute the research process: formulating a research problem; conceptualizing a research design; constructing an instrument for data collection; selecting a sample; writing a research proposal; collecting data; processing data; and writing a research report.

Ranjit Kumar has drawn on 20 years of teaching experience to demystify the research process and give students a helpful and informative guide.

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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: 9780761962144
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Social Research Methods Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.58 (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

Research A Way of Thinking The Research Process A Quick Glance Reviewing the Literature Formulating a Research Problem Identifying Variables Constructing Hypotheses The Research Design Selecting a Study Design Selecting a Method of Data Collection Collecting Data Using Attitudinal Scales Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a Research Instrument Sampling Writing a Research Proposal Considering Ethical Issues in Data Collection Processing Displaying Data Writing a Research Report

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