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Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing

ISBN-10: 0205272533
ISBN-13: 9780205272532
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $130.60
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Strategies for Empirical Research in Writing is a particularly accessible approach to both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods, helping novices appreciate the value of empirical research in writing while easing their fears about the research process. This comprehensive book covers research methods ranging from traditional experiments to newer practices such as focus groups, using graphics and real-life examples to clarify concepts. Readers do not need a scientific background to understand the issues involved, and they will find this book non-threatening. ThoughStrategies is friendly and even humorous in tone, it takes research in writing seriously, advocating rigorous design and implementation of empirical research projects to establish credible findings. This book introduces readers to methods and strategies for research and provides them with enough knowledge to become discerning, confident consumers of research in writing. Topics covered include: library research, empirical methodology, quantitative research, experimental research, surveys, focus groups, ethnographies, and much more. Anyone (novice or guru) who needs to perform statistically valid research.

Preface
Empirical Research in the Humanities
Why Do Research in Writing?
Are Empirical Methods Appropriate for Scholars in the Humanities?
What Do We Mean by Research?
How Does Lore Fit In?
Why Do We Need Theory?
How Do Researchers Find Research Topics?
Library-Based Research
What Is Library-Based Research?
Source Credibility
How to Track Down Material
How to Collect Information
Organizing the Literature Review
Overview of Empirical Methodology
Advantages and Disadvantages of Empirical Research
Essential Characteristics of Empirical Research
Purposes and Basic Design Principles
Common Categories of Empirical Research
Concepts Basic to Quantitative Research
What Is Quantitative Research?
Reliability
Validity
Randomization
Probability
The Null Hypothesis
A Few Words of Encouragement
Experimental Research
Defining the Research Question
Types of Experimental Designs
Techniques for Designing Methods, Materials, and Measurements
Choosing Subjects
Mistakes and Errors
Statistical Analysis of Difference between Groups
Types of Qualitative Analysis
Meta Analysis
A Fictional Problem
Meta Analysis: An Integration Tool
Selecting Subjects: The Broad Search
Selecting Subjects: Choosing a Sample
Analyzing the Results
Discourse or Text Analysis
What Are Discourse and Text Analysis?
Why Study Discourse?
Choosing Texts to Analyze
Determining Appropriate Segments for Analysis
Tools for Analysis
Types of Discourse Analysis Studies
Advantages and Disadvantages of Discourse Analysis Studies
Surveys
Types of Surveys
Purpose
Sampling
Design Issues
Question Types
Information Types
Motivating Respondents
Test the Questionnaire
Quantitative Analysis of the Data
Focus Groups
Focus Group Theory
Physical Arrangements
Selection and Recruitment of Participants
Focus Group Leaders
Strategies for Conducting the Meeting
Analyzing the Data
Advantages and Disadvantages of Focus Group Research
Case Study Research
Contributions of Case Study Research to Writing Scholarship
Clearing up the Confusion
Advantages of Case Study Research
Disadvantages of Case Study Research
Increasing Respectability of a Case Study
Tools for Case Study Research
Opportunities for Case Study Research
Ethnography
Ethnographic versus Case Study Research
Types of Ethnographic Research
Elements of a Good Ethnographic Research Project
Errors Commonly Associated with Ethnographic Research
Tools for Ethnographic Research
Properly Using Ethnographic Findings
Qualitative Research with Special Lenses: Feminist and Teacher Research
Criticisms of Traditional Research Paradigms
Feminist Research
Teacher Research
Other Special Lenses
Index

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