How to Research

How to Research

How to Research

How to Research

Synopsis

This second edition is about the practice and experience of doing research in the social sciences as well as in related subjects such as education, business studies and health and social care. It is aimed at those involved in small-scale research projects at college or at work.

Excerpt

IntroductionThe first time researcher • Getting a flavour of possibilities •
Why am I doing this research? • Will I have anything new to say? • In whose
interests is this research?
At last, writing upHow to use this book •
What's different about this edition? • Summary • Exercises • Further
reading

This book focuses on the processes of research as well as research methods. It aims to demystify research, recognizing the everyday skills and techniques involved. It encourages you to think of research as a kind of spiral through which you revisit the various stages of the process, but always with different and developed insights. The book is multidisciplinary in scope. It is designed to be suitable for those undertaking research in the social sciences, as well as in related subjects such as education, business studies and health and social care.

Are you currently feeling all at sea and not knowing in which direction to turn with your research project? Or is your research going swimmingly and you are steaming ahead sure in the knowledge that you are doing a good job? Per- haps you are fluctuating between the ends of this spectrum. You have a sense of drowning at one moment in the size of the task ahead, and then floating serenely along at the next moment content with the work you have produced so far. Maybe you are treading water and feeling your work has come to a stand- still. Or perhaps you are at the stage of dipping your feet into icy cold waters for a . . .

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