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Communication Research: Techniques, Methods and Applications

Communication Research: Techniques, Methods and Applications

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By (author) G.M. du Plooy

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  • Publisher: Juta Legal and Academic Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 446 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 245mm x 28mm | 806g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Kenwyn
  • ISBN 10: 0702177105
  • ISBN 13: 9780702177101
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: tables
  • Sales rank: 1,297,320

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This book deals with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research methodology; the steps followed in the research process; data collection (sampling, measuring, questioning and observing); and the procedures followed when applying a research design and interpreting research data. Various research techniques and methods are applied to conducting research of advertising, mass-media audiences and mass-media efficiency, and to conducting research in organizational and development contexts. The publication ends with a framework of scientific criteria and guidelines that can be used when planning and writing a research report, as well as when analyzing and evaluating published research reports. Against the background of outcomes-based education, the aim of this publication is to enable learners to develop and acquire the following learning outcomes: research skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills, environmental literacy, developing a macro vision, self-responsibility skills, and developing individual, moral and ethical values as part of lifelong learning. Towards achieving these outcomes, and to accommodate different learning styles, the publication follows an interactive approach and contains several learning aids, such as marginal notes, executive summaries, self-evaluation and portfolio tasks, as well as guides with criteria that can be used by learners, teachers or examiners to assess the achievement of learning outcomes and performance.

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Quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication research; steps in the research process; data collection: sampling, measuring, questioning and observing; procedures followed when applying a research design and interpreting research data; research of advertising, mass-media audiences and mass-media efficiency; organisational and development communication research; the research report.