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Research Methodology A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

ISBN-10: 1849203016
ISBN-13: 9781849203012
Edition: 3rd 2011
Authors: Ranjit Kumar
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Description: Written specifically for students with no previous experience of research and research methodology, the third edition of Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners breaks the process the process of designing and doing a research  More...

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Book details

List price: $76.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 11/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Written specifically for students with no previous experience of research and research methodology, the third edition of Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners breaks the process the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable steps and provides lots of examples throughout to link theory to the practice of doing research.The book contains straightforward, practical guidance on:- Formulating a research question- Ethical considerations- Carrying out a literature review- Choosing a research design- Selecting a sample- Collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data- Writing a research reportThe third edition has been revised and updated to include extended coverage of qualitative research methods in addition to the existing comprehensive coverage of quantitative methods. There are also brand new learning features such as reflective questions throughout the text to help students consolidate their knowledge.The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on qualitative or quantitative research projects.

Robyn Ryle is an associate professor of sociology at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where she has been teaching sociology of gender and other courses for 7 years. She went to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, for her undergraduate degrees in sociology and English with a concentration in women's studies. She received her PhD in sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington and is originally from northern Kentucky. She is a member of the American Sociological Association and has served on the editorial board of the journal Teaching Sociology. She enjoys digging in her garden, cooking what comes out of her garden, and generally enjoying small town life. She currently lives in a 170-year-old house in scenic Madison, Indiana, with her husband, Jeff, stepdaughter Grace, and two rather peculiar cats. You can find her on Twitter (@robynryle), on the Facebook page for Questioning Gender (https://www.facebook.com/questioninggender?ref=hl), or at her blog: you-think-too-much.com.Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia for 30 years. He is currently a freelance research and evaluation consultant in Western Australia.

Research: a way of thinking
Research: an integral part of your practice
Research: a way to gather evidence for your practice
Applications of research
Research: what does it mean?
The Research Process: characteristics and requirements
Types of research
Paradigms of research
Summary
The research process: a quick glance
The research process: an eight-Step model
Phase I: deciding what to research
Phase II : planning a research study
Phase III: conducting a research study
Summary
Step I : Formulating a Research Problem
Reviewing the literature
The place of the literature review in research
How to review the literature
Writing about the literature reviewed
Summary
Formulating a research problem
The research problem
The importance of formulating a research problem
Sources of research problems
Considerations in selecting a research problem
Steps in formulating a research problem
The formulation of research objectives
The study population
Establishing operational definitions
Formulating a research problem in qualitative research
Summary
Identifying variables
What is a variable?
The difference between a concept and a variable
Converting concepts into variables
Types of variable
Types of measurement scale
Summary
Constructing hypotheses
The definition of a hypothesis
The functions of a hypothesis
The testing of a hypothesis
The characteristics of a hypothesis
Types of hypothesis
Errors in testing a hypothesis
Hypotheses in qualitative research
Summary
Step II: Conceptualising a Research Design
The research design
What is a research design?
The functions of a research design
The theory of causality and the research design
Summary
Selecting a study design
Differences between quantitative and qualitative study designs
Study designs in quantitative research
Study designs based on the number of contacts
Study designs based on the reference period
Study designs based on the nature of the investigation
Other designs commonly used in quantitative research
Study designs in qualitative research
Other commonly used philosophy-guided designs
Summary
Step III: Constructing an Instrument for Data Collection
Selecting a method of data collection
Differences in the methods of data collection in quantitative and qualitative research
Major approaches to information gathering
Collecting data using primary sources
Methods of data collection in qualitative research
Collecting data using secondary sources
Summary
Collecting data using attitudinal scales
Measurement of attitudes in quantitative and qualitative research
Attitudinal scales in quantitative research
Functions of attitudinal scales
Difficulties in developing an attitudinal scale
Types of attitudinal scale
Attitudinal scales and measurement scales
Attitudes and qualitative research
Summary
Establishing the validity and reliability of a research instrument
The concept of validity
Types of validity in quantitative research
The concept of reliability
Factors affecting the reliability of a research instrument
Methods of determining the reliability of an instrument in quantitative research
Validity and reliability in qualitative research
Summary
Step IV: Selecting a Sample
Selecting a sample
The differences between sampling in quantitative and qualitative research
Sampling in quantitative research
Sampling in qualitative research
Summary
Step V: Writing a Research Proposal
Writing a research proposal
The research proposal in quantitative and qualitative research
Contents of a research proposal
Work schedule
Summary
Step VI: Collecting Data
Considering ethical issues in data collection
Ethics: the concept
Stakeholders in research
Ethical issues to consider concerning research participants
Ethical issues to consider relating to the researcher
Ethical issues regarding the sponsoring organisation
Summary
Step VII: Processing and Displaying Data
Processing data
Data processing in quantitative studies
Data processing in qualitative studies
The role of statistics in research
Summary
Displaying data
Methods of communicating and displaying analysed data
Summary
Step VIII: Writing a Research Report
Writing a research report
Writing a research report
Developing an outline
Writing about a variable
Referencing
Writing a bibliography
Summary
Research methodology and practice evaluation
What is evaluation?
Why evaluation?
Intervention-development-evaluation process
Perspectives in the classification of evaluation studies
Types of evaluation from a focus perspective
Types of evaluation from a philosophical perspective
Undertaking an evaluation: the process
Involving stakeholders in evaluation
Ethics in evaluation
Summary
Appendix: Developing a research project: a set of exercises for beginners
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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