Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science

Synopsis

An invaluable tool for anyonecarrying out a research project

We all learn to do research by actually doing it,but a great deal of time and effort can be wastedand goodwill dissipated by inadequate preparation. This book provides beginner researcherswith the tools to do the job, to help them avoidsome of the pitfalls and time-wasting false trails,and to establish good research habits. It takesresearchers from the stage of choosing a topicthrough to the production of a well-planned,methodologically sound, and well-written finalreport or thesis on time. It is written in plainEnglish and makes no assumptions about previousknowledge.

This new edition of Doing Your ResearchProject includes:

  • Coverage of latest techniques such asgrounded theory
  • A new chapter on ethics
  • Increased examples from health studies
  • New referencing, library searching, andliterature review chapters
  • Completely updated references throughout

This book serves as a guide to good practice forbeginner researchers in any discipline embarkingon undergraduate or postgraduate study, andfor professionals in such fields as social science,education, and health.

Excerpt

This book is intended for those of you who are about to undertake research in connection with your job, or as a requirement for an undergraduate, certificate or postgraduate course.

Regardless of the topic or the discipline, the problems facing you are much the same whether you are working on a small project, a Master’s or a PhD thesis. You will need to select a topic, identify the objectives of your study, plan and design a suitable methodology, devise research instruments, negotiate access to institutions, materials and people, collect, analyse and present information, and, finally, produce a well-written report. Whatever the size of the undertaking, techniques have to be mastered and a plan of action devised which does not attempt more than the limitations of expertise, time and access permit. Large-scale research projects will require sophisticated techniques and, often, statistical and computation expertise, but it is quite possible to produce a worthwhile study without using computers and with a minimum of statistical knowledge. We all learn how to do research by actually doing it, but a great deal of time can be wasted and goodwill dissipated by inadequate preparation. This book aims to provide you with the tools to do the job, to help you to avoid some of the pitfalls and time-consuming false trails that can eat into your time allowance, to establish good research habits and to take you from the stage of selecting a topic through to the . . .

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