Research Methods : The Basics
233 p. 20 cm
This second edition provides an expanded resource suitable for students and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Research Methods: The Basics is an accessible, user-friendly introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice. This second edition provides an expanded resource suitable for students and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Structured in two parts - the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research and how to propose, plan, carry out and write up a research project - this book covers: * Reasons for doing a research project * Structuring and planning a research project * The ethical issues involved in research * Different types of data and how they are measured * Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data in order to draw sound conclusions * Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research * Devising a research proposal and writing up the research * Motivation and quality of work. Complete with a glossary of key terms and guides to further reading, this book is an essential text for anyone coming to research for the first time.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Research theory and practice 1. Research basics 2. Research theory 3. Structuring the research project 4. Research ethics 5. Finding and reviewing the literature Part II: The main research methods 6. The nature of data 7. Collecting and analysing secondary data: modern, historical and archival 8. Collecting primary data 9. Quantitative data analysis 10. Qualitative data analysis 11. Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research 12. Writing the proposal and planning the research project 13. Writing up the research