Doing Real Research

Doing Real Research : A Practical Guide to Social Research

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Challenging the formality and idealized settings of conventional methods teaching and opting instead for a real world approach to social research, this book offers frank, practical advice designed to empower students and researchers alike.

Theoretically robust and with an exhaustive coverage of key methodologies and methods the title establishes the cornerstones of social research. Examples reflect research conducted inside and outside formal university settings and range from the extremes of war torn countries to the complexities of school classrooms.

Supported by a wealth of learning features and tools the textbook and website include:

Video top tips
Full text journal articles
Interviews with researchers conducting field research
Links to external websites and blogs
Student exercises
Real world case studies
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 20.32mm | 770g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1446273881
  • 9781446273883
  • 990,701

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Research design: Planning for the unknowable, the unexpected and the undesirable
Chapter 2: How to do a literature review: Using existing evidence and ideas to build a foundation
Chapter 3: How to be an ethical researcher
Chapter 4: How to manage risk: Protecting yourself and your equipment
Chapter 5: How to find a representative sample
Chapter 6: How to gain research participation
Chapter 7: How to do Survey Research
Chapter 8: How to do interviews and focus groups
Chapter 9: How to use existing data: Challenges and opportunities
Chapter 10: How to manage your data
Chapter 11: How to do qualitative data analysis
Chapter 12: How to do quantitative data analysis
Chapter 13: How to Write up your Research
Concluding Thoughts
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This book is beneficial to anyone working in social research, serving as a reminder that we all face the same challenges in our research, wherever we are in our careers. This book is your manager: offering knowledgeable and practical advice; and also your colleague: offering informal and non-judgemental support to help you design and carry out valid, reliable and ethical research. This practical and honest approach means

that this book does not leave my desk! -- Amy Edwards `This research book succinctly presents research in a logical and tangible way that would enable students to engage with the practical application of the research process in an informed way. It is written in a facilitative way that endears the reader to its style, making it an invaluable resource to undergraduate students.' -- Neal Cook `This is an easy to follow, practical guide to entering the field of social research. Students will love this introduction, which covers key themes of research without getting bogged down in academic jargon' -- Brady Wagoner `A well-written book that highlights the different kinds of challenges and risks experienced by researchers and provides practical solutions. It includes valuable tools, strategies and tactics for doing research and overcoming the taken-for-granted difficulties that may potentially affect the viability of any research project' -- Dr Sizwe Phakathi `A well-written, easy to read and very practical handbook to guide taught Masters students through all the key stages of their dissertation work' -- Ian Charity `This book provides such an extensive overview of how to plan, execute and write-up a research project that it will be invaluable for post-graduate students across the humanities. It is rich in detail, comprehensive in coverage and the addition of many real-life examples makes this book extremely accessible for students, teachers and researchers alike' -- Dr Rory Pilossof 'This textbook enables the student-researcher to learn very practical skills to prepare for the research journey. Providing a clear 'how to' guide from research design, ethics, data collection and analysis through to presenting research data, much of what you need to know is here. Accessible and informative, this textbook will inspire students to get into the field and become researchers' -- Teela Sanders 'I am very impressed by the format of the book and the learning features. The practical step-by-step approach is better than any of the texts we currently use, and the book contains a valuable chapter on risk evaluation in the field, so often absent in research textbooks' -- Barry Turner
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