The Good Research Guide

Author: Martyn Denscombe

Publisher: McGraw-Hill International

ISBN: 0335220223

Category: Study Aids

Page: 349

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As a best-selling introductory book on the basics of social research, The Good Research Guide provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the main approaches to social research and the methods most commonly used by researchers in the social sciences. This edition has been updated to account for recent developments in the field such as: The emergence of mixed methods approaches Increased use of internet research More frequent use of methods such as triangulation and focus groups Developments in research ethics Written for anyone undertaking a small-scale research project, either as part of an academic course or as part of their professional development, this book provides: A clear, straightforward introduction to data collection methods and data analysis Explanations of the key decisions researchers need to take, with practical advice on how to make appropriate decisions Essential checklists to guide good practice This book is perfect for the first-time researcher looking for guidance on the issues they should consider and traps they should avoid when embarking on a social research project.

Ground Rules for Good Research

A 10 Point Guide for Social Researchers

Author: Martyn Denscombe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780335206520

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

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This work provides a user-friendly starting point for people doing small-scale social research projects. It identifies the key ideas and practices that underlie good research and provides clear guidelines to help newcomers and experienced researchers alike to design and conduct projects which meet the basic criteria for success. It is written for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students in business studies, social sciences, health studies, media studies and education who need to undertake research projects as part of their studies. It will also prove invaluable for professionals with little experience of research.

Doing Your Research Project

A Guide for First-Time Researchers

Author: Judith Bell

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335264476

Category: Education

Page: 317

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This is the market leading book for anyone doing their research project. Clear, concise and extremely readable, this book provides a practical, step-by-step guide to doing a research project from start to finish. Thoroughly updated but retaining its well-loved style, this 6th edition includes: information on using online surveys; information on online interviewing and using online platforms for observation, e.g. Skype, Google Hangouts; new chapter on the use of social media in small scale research; thoroughly updated chapter on literature searching; revised and additional pedagogy; and a brand new text design. This practical, no-nonsense guide is vital reading for all those embarking on undergraduate or postgraduate study in any discipline, and for professionals in such fields as social science, education and health.

Keywords in Qualitative Methods

A Vocabulary of Research Concepts

Author: Michael Bloor,Fiona Wood

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446230813

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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An essential companion for students across the social and health sciences, this text provides a wide-ranging coverage of qualitative methods complemented by extended illustration from the array of academic disciplines in which qualitative research is found and employed. Written in a lively and reader-friendly style, the guide covers a comprehensive range of topics, including: - a concise definition of the method - a description of distinctive features - examples to convey the flavour of a technique or principle - a critical and reflective evaluation of the method or approach under consideration - cross references to associated concepts within the dictionary - a list of key readings

Research strategies discussed by Martyn Denscombe in his book 'The Good Research Guide for small - scale social research projects

Author: Rene Tetzner

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638487547

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 8

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Essay from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: A+, University of Bedfordshire (Luton Business School), 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: When we carry out surveys we can not include everyone who belongs to the research group. That is why we select a portion of the group and assume this portion applies equally to others of the group. Mainly two groups of research techniques are used in the social research, namely probability sampling and non-probability sampling. To the group of probability sampling belongs random sampling, systematic sampling, stratified sampling, quota sampling, cluster sampling and multi-stage sampling. They rely on the idea that the researcher has some notion the chosen sample represents the whole of the selection. Included in the group of non-probability sampling are purpose sampling, snowball sampling, theoretical sampling and convenience sampling, basically it means we do not have enough information for the samples to represent a particular portion.

Small-Scale Research

Pragmatic Inquiry in Social Science and the Caring Professions

Author: Peter T Knight

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761968627

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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Written with the needs of students uppermost, Small-Scale Research is a direct, comprehensive guide for students doing theses, dissertations, papers and projects. It systematically works through the central methods of inquiry and demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.

Classroom Control (RLE Edu L)

Author: Martyn Denscombe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136470557

Category: Education

Page: 233

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Survival as a school teacher depends on an ability to achieve classroom control. In the years since this book was first published little has changed in this respect. Classroom control continues to lie at the heart of competent teaching. Teachers know it, pupils know it. They know it implicitly because they experience it as a normal part of their daily lives in schools. But, in this book, the author stands back from our everyday knowledge about how things work in classrooms to ask what control actually consists of. What is it? How is it recognized? How is it challenged by pupils? How is done by teachers? How is it negotiated? Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in three large secondary schools in England Martyn Denscombe explores the meaning of classroom control. He looks at the influence of teacher training and the role of school organization in establishing expectations about control, and then shows how control is played out through the interaction of teachers and pupils in class. His analysis travels well across the many contexts in which teaching occurs and provides an illuminating insight into the work of teaching and the nature of classroom life. His evidence is drawn from ethnographic fieldwork in three schools in England, and secondary sources covering the phenomenon of classroom control in the UK, USA and Australia.

Workplace Research

Conducting small-scale research in organizations

Author: Zina O'Leary,Jennifer S. Hunt

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473965608

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Undertaking small-scale applied workplace-based research presents a unique set of challenges including how to conduct good research in time pressured situations and how to thrive in unfamiliar work environments. This book will help you to meet these challenges by setting out a step-by-step guide to planning, conducting and delivering top quality small-scale work-based research projects. In addition this book will help you to adapt quickly to your new surroundings. It will provide a strong strategic skill set that will enable you to navigate the workplace and ensure that your research findings inform organizational decision making. It tackles the challenge of conducting rigorous credible research FOR and WITHIN organizations and provides tangible advice for those looking to complete their research in very short time frames and with limited resources. Written by established academics, with significant experience coordinating industry/government placements and internships, the book will help you to bridge the gap between academic expectations and the requirements of the organisation, including the need to Develop a ‘pitch’ as well as a proposal; Produce powerful visualizations as well as logical narrative; Present practicable recommendations as well as findings/conclusions; Develop persuasive deliverables as well as traditional research reports; Create presentations that persuade as well as inform. Packed full of real-life examples, actionable advice and sensitive pedagogy this book will get you through your placement with confidence and style.

Success with Your Early Years Research Project

Author: Rosie Walker,Carla Solvason

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473905621

Category: Education

Page: 160

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'Action research and Early Years practices go together, as naturally as the new day rising. This book is a celebration of new days. Early Years research is a practice for creative thinking for new tomorrows; the book shows us how to do this, and is to be commended for anyone who wishes to find innovative ways to think and act for all new beginnings.' -Jean McNiff, Professor of Educational Research, York St John University Where do you start with a research project? How do you choose a good question? What are tutors looking for in an outstanding project? This book will help you answer all of the above and that is just the beginning. With examples of real research projects from students just like you, it takes you through each step of the process including: Choosing your question and approach Making sure your research is ethical Gathering and analysing data Reaching conclusions Putting your findings into practice. After each example the authors provide commentary on what made each project so good, or what needed more work, helping you see what a good project really looks like. Suitable for anyone tackling a research project as part of the Early Years course, at foundation or degree level, this book will help you make sure your project is interesting, relevant and impacts on your practice.

Principles of Social Research

Author: Mary Alison Durand,Tracey Chantler

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335263313

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Using examples from a range of settings, this book provides a clear introduction to basic principles in social research.

Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research

Author: Derek Layder

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446290190

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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How do you conduct a small-scale research project? And how do you make it excellent? In this inspiring and engaging book, readers are presented with the key principles and practices of small-scale research. In addition, the book provides a peerless introduction to the key features involved in the process of research design and practice. Written in a clear, accessible way and drawing on exciting up-to-date examples, this book makes for a crucial companion on the way to research excellence. Based on Layder's solid background as a researcher, supervisor and teacher, Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research: - Leads the researcher through the actual process of doing a research project from start to finish - Offers a comprehensive outline of general areas and issues such as preparation and planning, developing research questions, interviewing and sampling - Reflects upon research as a social and human process - Provides systematic guidelines and advice above and beyond technical essentials. This book will be invaluable to both students and researchers interested in social interaction - informing, guiding and inspiring them towards excellent small-scale research.

How to Research

Author: Lorraine Blaxter,Christina Hughes,Malcolm Tight

Publisher: McGraw-Hill International

ISBN: 033521746X

Category: Reference

Page: 287

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Praise for the first edition: "...an excellent choice for any student about to start a research project for the first time." British Journal of Educational Technology Praise for the second edition: "How to Researchis best used as a reference tool to dip in and out of when required. Not only is it an excellent starting point for new researchers and students, but undoubtedly the more experienced researcher will also find it valuable. Furthermore, those involved in teaching research methods or supervising research students would find this a useful source of information, exercises and ideas." SRA News How to Researchis a practical handbook for those carrying out small scale research projects and discusses the practice and experience of doing research in the social sciences. The new edition has been updated throughout and includes extensively revised chapters on introductory thinking about research and data analysis. Building on the strengths of the previous edition, Blaxter, Hughes and Tight include new material on: Writing research proposals Making presentations Researching in your own workplace Data collection software and time management Case studies of small scale research projects It is written in an original, accessible and jargon free style using a variety of different forms of presentation to support the researcher. It is written for all those who are required to complete a research project as part of their studies and is invaluable for those conducting research in the workplace.

On Mixed Methods

Approaches to Language and Literacy Research

Author: Robert C. Calfee,Melanie Sperling

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780807750940

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 111

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This book examines the use of mixed methods for conducting language and literacy research, defining how and why this approach is successful for solving problems and clarifying issues that researchers encounter. Using research findings, the authors explore how an intermingling of multiple methods expands the possibilities of observation and interpretation and, ultimately, leads to more robust validity and deeper understanding. Mixed methods approaches address the challenges of our contemporary language and literacy environment, with its increasing student diversity and technological advances. On Mixed Methods builds bridges between quantitative and qualitative research, highlighting the conceptual similarities and offering a practical guide to researchers; presents multiple examples of key concepts and offers an annotated list of studies for further reading; and emphasizes the importance of validity in the ever-changing environments in which researchers work.

School-based Research

A Guide for Education Students

Author: Elaine Wilson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526414171

Category: Education

Page: 416

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Focused on the needs of the new classroom researcher, and those studying education on Masters-level courses, this is a thorough and thoughtful guide to the research process, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. It guides you through research design, data collection and analysis and how to write up your research findings. This third edition has been updated to provide further coverage on the best ways to approach, construct and carry out educational research within the classroom including: a new chapter on disseminating research knowledge expanded coverage of formulating research questions a reworked chapter structure better reflecting the research process This is essential reading for students on education degree programmes including a research methods component, including education studies, undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS) and postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, Teach First, SCITT) initial teacher education courses, MEd and professional development courses. Online resources expanding on and complementing the contents of the book can be found at: study.sagepub.com/wilsonsbr3e

Research Made Real

A Guide for Students

Author: Mark Walsh

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748758418

Category: Psychology

Page: 112

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This is a practical, student-focused text that gets students through a research project using a step by step approach. Containing a balance of theory and practice materials, the text has plenty of learning support and activity features as well as short case study materials focused on how and why researchers have conducted investigations in the past.This book aims to meet the needs of students of Health and Social Care, Sociology, Social Policy and Psychology, and those doing a research project for the first time as part of an HND or similar course.

Successful Qualitative Research

A Practical Guide for Beginners

Author: Virginia Braun,Victoria Clarke

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446289516

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

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*Shortlisted for the BPS Book Award 2014 in the Textbook Category* *Winner of the 2014 Distinguished Publication Award (DPA) from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP)* Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners is an accessible, practical textbook. It sidesteps detailed theoretical discussion in favour of providing a comprehensive overview of strategic tips and skills for starting and completing successful qualitative research. Uniquely, the authors provide a 'patterns framework' to qualitative data analysis in this book, also known as 'thematic analysis'. The authors walk you through a basic thematic approach, and compare and contrast this with other approaches. This discussion of commonalities, explaining why and when each method should be used, and in the context of looking at patterns, will provide you with complete confidence for your qualitative research journey. Key features of this textbook: Full of useful tips and strategies for successful qualitative work, for example considering the nervous student not just the beginner student. Skills-based, utilising a range of pedagogical features to encourage you to apply particular techniques and learn from your experience. The authors use the same dataset throughout - reproduced in full (with associated research materials) on the companion website - to help you make comparisons across different analytical approaches. A comprehensive suite of student support materials, including practice exam questions, can be found online at www.sagepub.com/braunandclarke. This textbook will be an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course in qualitative research or using qualitative approaches in a research project. Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here

Studying Students

The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester

Author: Nancy Fried Foster,Susan L. Gibbons

Publisher: Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr

ISBN: 0838984371

Category: Education

Page: 90

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This book provides a view into the groundbreaking application of ethnographic tools and techniques to the understanding of undergraduate students and their use of information. The publication describes findings of the work at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and provides insight into how academic librarians might use these techniques on their own campuses.

Research Methodology

A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Author: Ranjit Kumar

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446297829

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Lecturers - request an e-inspection copy of this text or contact your local SAGE representative to discuss your course needs. Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners has been written specifically for those with no previous experience of research or research methodology. Written in a logical and accessible style and providing helpful techniques and examples, it breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable operational steps. The book guides you through your project from beginning to end by offering practical advice on: formulating a research question ethical considerations carrying out a literature review choosing a research design selecting a sample collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data writing a research report. The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.