Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods

Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods


By (author) Martin Brett Davies

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 20mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403993793
  • ISBN 13: 9781403993793
  • Sales rank: 163,013

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"Doing a Successful Research Project" is a realistic, user-friendly guide on how to conduct a research project that talks at the student's level; akin to having a tutor right at one's side. It offers an accessible, even-handed introduction to carrying out research methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students conducting a research project for the first time. The research process--from planning, through design and implementation, to completion--is described simply and succinctly, with the emphasis throughout on good preparation. The book provides students with the self-discipline and the confidence to carry out their own research project, as well as enabling them to assess for themselves the advantages and disadvantages of the differing strategies available.

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Author information

Martin Davies has held research posts in the Home Office, the Universities of Manchester and East Anglia and the National Health Service.

Review quote

'This is one of the most clearly written and engaging books for the beginning researcher I have encountered. It is a practical, no-nonsense and encouraging book as well.' - Elizabeth Watson, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia 'This is an excellent book which will capture the enthusiasm and interest of the students it is aimed at.' - Professor David Shemmings, Middlesex University, UK '...anyone carrying out research for a project... and turning the results of that research into a report would benefit from this guide.' - Oxfam Development Resource Review 'The book is readable and accessible; paragraphs of information are interspersed with examples from students' projects and warnings of pitfalls...Doing a successful research project takes the reader through all aspects of research. The emphasis is on rigour, but the author is cheerfuly emphatic about keeping life simple.' Sara Perren, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

Table of contents

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT So you're going to do a Research Project Let's Make a Start Drawing up your Personal Project Roadmap PART 2: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH The Principles of Sampling Carrying Out Your Survey Questionnaires The Art and Science of Survey Interviewing Analysing Your Survey Data PART 3: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Studying a Small Sample Qualitative Research Interviewing There is More to Qualitative Research than Interviewing Analysing Qualitative Data PART 4: THE LAST LAP Writing Your Report PART 5: INTO MORE COMPLEX TERRITORY A Qualitative Researcher's Briefing Sheet Testing for Statistical Significance Bibliography Index