Researching Real-World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquiry / Edition 1

Researching Real-World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquiry / Edition 1

by Zina O'Leary
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412901952

ISBN-13: 9781412901956

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This is the perfect book for any student new to Research Methods. It is brilliantly written, witty, and always easy to understand.

Taking as her starting point the need for students to conduct research for themselves in the 'real world', Zina O'Leary guides those new to research through the whys and how-tos of the entire research process. Always student-focused,

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This is the perfect book for any student new to Research Methods. It is brilliantly written, witty, and always easy to understand.

Taking as her starting point the need for students to conduct research for themselves in the 'real world', Zina O'Leary guides those new to research through the whys and how-tos of the entire research process. Always student-focused, this book offers a hands on and practical guide to the research process from the initial process of coming up with a good question, via methods of gathering information, through to the writing process itself.

Researching Real-World Problems:

- Makes the entire research process a meaningful experience

- Provides a jargon-busting hands-on guide to the entire research process

- Is illustrated throughout with real-life examples

- Speaks directly to the needs of the new researcher

- Locates the researcher and research process at heart of a complex web of social structures

- Provides via the Companion Website link above, Power Point slides that cover all 12 chapters of the book. They can be printed out as separate transparencies or used in Power Point based lectures. They would also be suitable for applications in e-learning/ web-based teaching.

O'Leary draws her examples from the full range of the Social Sciences, and this is the perfect text for any student in Health, Education or Applied Social Science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412901956
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,006,496
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: ORIENTATION TO RESEARCHING REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS
Researching Real-World Problems
PART TWO: LAYING FOUNDATIONS
From Real Problems to Researchable Questions
Preparing to Research Real-World Problems
Striving for Integrity in the Research Process
The Quest for 'Respondents'
Selecting Appropriate Data Collection Methods
PART THREE: RESEARCHING PROBLEMS
Understanding Problems
The Quest for Solutions
Research that Moves from Knowledge to Action
Evaluating Change
PART FOUR: MAKING MEANING/MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Producing Research 'Deliverables'

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