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Doing Your Research Project

ISBN-10: 0335235824
ISBN-13: 9780335235827
Edition: 5th 2010
Authors: Judith Bell
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Description: The author assumes that the reader has no prior knowledge of research methodology or experience of carrying out research. She takes the reader step by step through each stage of preparing for, carrying out and writing up a research project.

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 5/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

The author assumes that the reader has no prior knowledge of research methodology or experience of carrying out research. She takes the reader step by step through each stage of preparing for, carrying out and writing up a research project.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Preparing the ground
Approaches to research
Action research and the role of practitioner researchers
Case study
Critics of case study
Survey
The experimental style
Ethnography and the ethnographic style of research
The grounded theory approach
Narrative inquiry and stories
Which approach?
Further reading
Planning the project
Selecting a topic
Getting started
The purpose of the study
Hypotheses, objectives and researchable questions
Working title and the project outline
Timing
Supervision
Student-supervisor relationships
Codes of practice for supervision
Change of supervisor
Keeping records of supervisory tutorials
The research experience
Writing as you go along and the research diary
Planning the project checklist
Further reading
Ethics and integrity in research
Research contracts, codes of practice, protocols and the principle of informed consent
Ethics committees
Confidentiality and anonymity
Safeguarding confidentiality and anonymity if disseminating information by computer
Ethical research in practice, the problems of 'inside' research and personal codes of practice
Codes of ethical practice relating to intellectual ownership/property
The ethics and integrity in research checklist
Further reading
Reading, referencing and the management of information
Reading
Note-taking and guarding against plagiarism
Referencing
Creating, editing and storing references electronically
The card index
The management of information
A lot of fuss about nothing?
Reading, note-taking, guarding against plagiarism, referencing and the management of information checklist
Further reading
Literature searching
Defining the parameters of your search (search limiters) and keywords
Focusing, refining and grouping your keywords
Passwords, usernames and working from home
Libraries, librarians - and books
Scanning books into digital format
Journals
Citing sources from the Internet
Evaluating sources
Copyright and licensing restrictions when downloading items from web pages
Time to move on
The top ten guide to searching the Internet
Further reading
Appendix: Search engines and Internet Gateways
The review of the literature
The 'critical review' of the literature
Theory and theoretical (or conceptual) frameworks
The 'critical review' in practice
Reviewing the reviews
The review of the literature checklist
Further reading
Selecting methods of data collection
Introduction
Constraints
Reliability and validity
Thinking about computer data analysis?
Not thinking about computer data analysis?
A reminder
Further reading
The analysis of documentary evidence
The nature of documentary evidence
Approaches to documents
The location of documents
The selection of documents
The critical analysis of documents
The analysis of documentary evidence checklist
Designing and administering questionnaires
Exactly what do you need to find out?
Question types
Question wording
Appearance and layout
Drawing a sample
Piloting the questionnaire
Distribution and return of questionnaires
Respondents' and your rights and responsibilities
Non-response
Analysis of data
Designing and administering questionnaires checklist
Further reading
Planning and conducting interviews
The ethics of conducting interviews
Advantages and disadvantages of the interview
Question wording
The interview schedule
Group interviews and focus groups
Recording interviews
Bias - the old enemy
Remember!
Planning and conducting interviews checklist
Further reading
Diaries, logs and critical incidents
Representativeness
The diary-interview method
Piloting returns forms and instructions to participants
The primary pupils' food diary
The supply teachers' diary and time log
The general practitioners' time log
The asthma treatment diary
The heads of department critical incidents and problem-portfolio logs
The ethics of diary use
A final word of warning
Diaries, logs and critical incidents checklist
Further reading
Observation
Unstructured observation
Participant observation
Structured observation and keeping records
Recording behaviour
Content
A few words of warning - again
After the event
Observation checklist
Further reading
Interpreting the evidence and reporting the findings
Introduction
Interpreting the evidence and reporting the findings
List questions
Quantity and category questions
Measures of central tendency
Coding
Grids
Scales
Verbal questions
Conclusions
Interpreting the evidence and reporting the findings checklist
Further reading
Writing the report
Getting started
The final writing task
Structuring the report
The need for revision
Any possibility of plagiarism?
Evaluating your own research
Writing the report checklist
Further reading
References
Index

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