Your Research Project: Designing and Planning Your Work / Edition 3

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Overview

In the third edition of this bestselling book, you'll find everything you need to embark upon your research project with confidence. Written with the needs of students at undergraduate, Masters and postgraduate level in mind, Doing Your Research Project will guide you through the process of formulating a research question, choosing your research methods, planning your research, and getting started.

Fully updated and revised, the new edition features:

- A comprehensive introduction to the purpose and nature of research

- Expanded coverage of writing a research plan or proposal

- Advice on finding and managing information

- An overview of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, as well as more on mixed methods research designs

- New sections on digital media and online research methods

- Brand new exercises and examples to provide students from across the social sciences with the practical tools needed to succeed in their project

The new edition is essential reading for students at all levels across the social sciences who want a lively, straightforward guide to planning their research project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849204620
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Series: SAGE Study Skills Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 841,226
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Walliman is a qualified architect and Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University and a researcher associate in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. After many years of practice in architecture in the UK and abroad, he returned to academic life to do his Ph D. This experience raised his interest in research theory and methods, and he was subsequently asked by the university to write a distance learning course to guide postgraduate students embarking on research degrees. This course provided the raw material and incentive for writing this book. He has subsequently published several other books on research theory and methods for students and practitioners at various levels of expertise.

He is currently conducting research with a team of architects and environmental scientists as part of the Oxford Brookes Institute for Sustainable Development. They are engaged in nationally and internationally funded projects on a range of aspects of building technology, such as energy saving building envelope design, mitigation of the effects of floods on buildings and advanced construction methods. He has published numerous research papers on aspects of architectural technology. He is also supervising several Ph D and Masters students. Despite this emphasis on science and technology, his work with research students covers many other aspects of architecture and its relationship to society, such as vernacular architecture, the effects of westernisation, architectural education, conservation, administration and sustainable design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Research and the Research Problem
Aims
Introduction
What Is Research?
What Is It for: The Objectives of Research
Types of Research
The Research Process
Starting Your Own Research
Planning a Research Project
The Next Steps: Finding Your Research Problem Area
Further Reading
Research Theory and the Nature of Knowledge
Aims
Philosophy and the Debate About the Structure of Science and the Nature of Knowledge
Hypothesis
Approaches to Social Research
Conclusions
The Next Steps: The Theoretical Basis of Your Research Project
Further Reading
Concepts, Language and Argument
Aims
Introduction
Concepts and Theory
Language and Argument
Conclusions
The Next Steps: Which Type of Research for Your Topic?
Further Reading
Information and How to Deal With It
Aims
Introduction
Finding the Literature
Dealing With Information
Doing a Literature Review
Conclusions
The Next Steps: Devising your Own Information System and Writing Your Literature Review
Further Reading
Research Methods
Aims
Introduction
Data Collection and Analysis
Collecting Secondary Data
Analysing Secondary Data
Collecting Primary Data
Combined Data Generation and Analysis
Analysing Data
Conclusions
The Next Steps: Which Research Methods Will You Use?
Further Reading
Honesty and Research Ethics
Aims
Introduction
Honesty In Your Work
Situations That Raise Ethical Issues
Ethics Policies, Permissions and Committees
Conclusions
The Next Steps: Plan Your Code of Ethics
Further Reading
Preparing the Research Proposal and Starting to Write
Aims
Introduction
The Recipe for a Successful Research Proposal
Types of Research Proposal
The Main Ingredients and Sequence
Finalizing Your Proposal
How To Get Started With Writing
Conclusions
The Next Steps: Your Research Proposal
Further Reading
Answers to Exercises
Key Words Glossary
References
Index

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