Challenging the formality and idealized settings of conventional methods teaching and opting instead for a real world approach to social research, this book offers frank, practical advice designed to empower students and researchers alike.
Theoretically robust and with an exhaustive coverage of key methodologies and methods the title establishes the cornerstones of social research. Examples reflect research conducted inside and outside formal university settings and range from the extremes of war torn countries to the complexities of school classrooms.
Supported by a wealth of learning features and tools the textbook and website include:
- Video top tips
- Full text journal articles
- Interviews with researchers conducting field research
- Links to external websites and blogs
- Student exercises
- Real world case studies
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Table of Contents
IntroductionPART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONSChapter 1: Research design: Planning for the unknowable, the unexpected and the undesirableChapter 2: How to do a literature review: Using existing evidence and ideas to build a foundationChapter 3: How to be an ethical researcherPART TWO: IN THE FIELDChapter 4: How to manage risk: Protecting yourself and your equipmentChapter 5: How to find a representative sampleChapter 6: How to gain research participationPART THREE: DATA COLLECTION METHODSChapter 7: How to do Survey ResearchChapter 8: How to do interviews and focus groupsChapter 9: How to use existing data: Challenges and opportunitiesPART FOUR: MANAGING AND ANALYZING DATAChapter 10: How to manage your dataChapter 11: How to do qualitative data analysisChapter 12: How to do quantitative data analysisPART FIVE: PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCHChapter 13: How to Write up your ResearchConcluding Thoughts