The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project
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The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

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The ultimate companion to successfully completing your research project, the author guides you through a step-by-step approach to research and provides all of the skills and momentum you need to excel. Each stage of a project is clearly set out with best practice highlighted alongside pragmatic advice for tackling research in the real world. The Third Edition uses multidisciplinary case studies, and examples from the author's own experience, to answer your questions and support your progress as you move smoothly through each stage. With a new chapter on mixed methods approaches, more on disseminating research, more on the practical and legal implications of ethics and more international examples, the book is packed full of learning features and tools to support your journey, including: A fully-developed website with podcasts, videos, journal articles and examples of real projects Activities and worksheets to help you organize your time Learning objectives to sustain your momentum Top tips relating to key research skills Full glossary to test understanding and provide definitions Annotated further reading to help you move through the literature `Excuse me, I have a question!' feature to answer common questions. Warm, innovative and clever, this book is packed full of must-have information for anyone doing a research project.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 415 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 22.86mm | 725.75g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1473952085
  • 9781473952089
  • 94,189

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Zina O'Leary's guide is hands-down favourite with the research students. She answers questions you don't feel able to ask your supervisor, they say. Myself, I like the solid academic and experiential grounding of her content, her enthusiasm and accessible style. -- Rebecca O'Rourke A great book for students that covers all the essential steps and methodological approaches for successfully conducting a research project. The material is highly accessible, contemporary and addresses the major challenges, concerns and questions that students face when undertaking research. -- Christopher Walkershow more

Table of contents

Taking the Leap into the Research WorldSetting Up and Getting StartedDeveloping Your Research QuestionUndertaking Credible and Ethical ResearchCrafting a Research ProposalReviewing LiteratureDesigning a Research PlanUnderstanding Methodologies: Quantitative and Qualitative ApproachesUnderstanding Methodologies: Mixed ApproachesUnderstanding Methodologies: Evaluative, Action-Oriented and Emancipatory StrategiesIdentifying and Selecting Samples, Informants and CasesPrimary Data: Surveys, Interviews and ObservationSecondary Data: Existing Data, Online Generated Data and Previous StudiesAnalysing Quantitative DataAnalysing Qualitative DataThe Challenge of Writing Upshow more

About Zina O'Leary

Zina O'Leary is an internationally-recognized leader in research methodologies, and has a keen interest in the application of research to evidence-based decision-making. Zina is a Senior Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where she coordinates research and project units for their Executive Masters and Executive Education Programs. Zina also has an extensive history as a consultant to both Government and the private sector and was the research coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Health Development at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. She is the author of Researching Real World Problems, The Social Science Jargon Buster, and Workplace Research.show more

Review Text

A great book for students that covers all the essential steps and methodological approaches for successfully conducting a research project. The material is highly accessible, contemporary and addresses the major challenges, concerns and questions that students face when undertaking research. Christopher Walker 20161010show more

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