Norman Blaikie's popular and accessible text on preparing researchdesigns and proposals for students in the social sciences has beenfully revised and updated, taking in the burgeoning literature inthe field.
The author places particular emphasis on the formulation ofresearch questions and the selection of appropriate researchstrategies to answer them. He argues that other design decisions,such as the selection of data sources and methods of datacollection and analysis, must be made in the light of theparticular assumptions associated with each research strategy. Aswell as reviewing these assumptions, the book includes:
- a new section on the use of mixed methods
- additional material on the use of case studies
- an expanded discussion of the relationship between theory andresearch; and
- annotated suggestions for further reading and detailed pointsummaries at the end of each chapter
The basic requirements for research designs and researchproposals are laid out at the beginning of the book, followed bydiscussion of the major design elements, and the choices that needto be made about them. Four sample research designs at the end ofthe volume illustrate the application of the researchstrategies.
Designing Social Research will continue to be aninvaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduatestudents planning their own research. The new edition dovetailswith Blaikie's Approaches to Social Enquiry and together the twobooks offer an innovative and comprehensive guide to research forsocial scientists.
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About the Author
Norman Blaikie, Formerly RMIT University Melbourne and Universiti Sains, Malaysia
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables.
1 Preparing Research Designs.
2 Designing Social Research,
3 Research Questions and Purposes.
4 Strategies for Answering Research Questions.
5 Concepts, Theories, Hypotheses and Models.
6 Sources and Selection of Data.
7 Methods for Answering Research Questions: Data Gathering andAnalysis.
8 Sample Research Designs.
What People are Saying About This
"The revised edition of this valuable guide to designing research in the social sciences maintains its hallmark qualities: it is clearly organized yet broad ranging, and identifies the key issues which all robust social science research must confront while sharpening its approach to some of the most intractable and perennial research design questions. Above all, it is readable, versatile and intuitively applicable."
Randall Germain, Carleton University
"Blaikie's book is a manifesto for rigorous and successful design in social research, showing how forms of logic are actually used to produce new knowledge. It is a rich reference volume for every aspect of research design, accessing with clarity the complex and important terrains of research methodology. This is an invaluable resource. Read it twice - at least!"
Erica Hallebone, RMIT University