Aimed at helping research students, working full- or part-time in the social sciences, to be as effective as possible in the pursuit of their degrees. Organized in three parts, the book discusses how to undertake a research degree, study and research skills and strategic approaches to research.
What is social science research? How do you do it? What are the pitfalls? What are the tricks of the trade? This book provides answers to these and many other questions which need to be answered by students who seek to develop their research skills, and is an ideal introduction for those about to embark on research for the first time. Adopting a step-by-step approach, the authors clarify such issues as: how to isolate and define a problem; how to frame a hypothesis; how to choose and measure variables; how to choose a research design; how to select a sample. By asking students to grapple with fundamental questions, and by using case studies, they bring research theory and practice alive. The book is ideally suited to students taking courses in social science, social studies, or education. The new edition has been completely updated and includes a new chapter on qualitative research, as well as vital information on using computers in social science research.
With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project. Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers.
`Raymond Mark combine[s] the classical integrity of statistical techniques with the latest problems of planning and implementation.... One hopes this book's use as a teaching instrument, and its application as a research stimulus and guide, will encourage both students and practitioners to work harder at achieving a sounder integration of theory and practice in social work' - From the Foreword by Chauncey A Alexander The full range of methods employed in social science research courses is presented in this practical `how to' guide for the social services. Topics discussed include basic concepts about scientific method, fundamental terms, and the research process from initiation through implementation to comple
A Guide for Practitioners and Students in the Social Sciences
Author: Natalie L. Sproull
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Designed for researchers, managers, and administrators who make research-based decisions, as well as students of the social sciences and business. The entire research process, from variables to final report, is covered step by step.
Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods
Author: Ellen Perecman
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Category: Social Science
A Handbook for Social Science Field Research: Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods provides both novice and experienced scholars with valuable insights to a select list of critical texts pertaining to a wide array of social science methods useful when doing fieldwork. Through essays on ethnography to case study, archival research, oral history, surveys, secondary data analysis, and ethics, this refreshing new collection offers "tales from the field" by renowned scholars across various disciplines.
A practical and authoritative guide to conducting focus group discussions in health and social science research, with particular emphasis on using focus groups in developing country settings. Monique M. Hennink describes the procedures and challenges of each stage of international focus group research. This book demonstrates how to balance scientific rigour with the challenges of the research context, and guides readers to make informed research decisions. It includes unique field perspectives and case study examples of research in practice. Topics covered include: planning international field research; developing a fieldwork timetable and budget; seeking research permissions; translating research instruments; training a field team; developing a culturally appropriate discussion guide; participant recruitment strategies; conducting focus groups in another language; managing discussions in outdoor locations; group size and composition issues; transcription and translation of the group discussions; data analysis and reporting focus group research.
The task of researching and writing a literature review is complex. This text provides comprehensive, practical guidance on the process of researching a range of relevant literature on a subject, then planning and writing a literature review.
A Practical Guide for Students and Researchers in the Social Sciences
Author: Niall Ó Dochartaigh
Category: Social Science
Ideal as a course textbook at undergraduate and graduate level in a range of social science disciplines where doing a research project is an integral part of the course. It will also be of great use to postgraduate students who are about to start research for a dissertation, and for experienced academic researchers who are trying to incorporate the Internet into their research practice.