A Student's Guide to Methodology

Author: Peter Clough,Cathy Nutbrown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446289435

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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The Third Edition of this hugely popular text provides students with straightforward principles and frameworks for understanding methodology. Peter Clough and Cathy Nutbrown are adept at making methodology meaningful for beginners and more advanced readers alike. Their book clearly demonstrates how methodology impacts upon every stage of the research process, and gives readers all of the tools that they need to understand it. New to this edition are the following: - new boxes and guidance on research ethics in every chapter - more international examples and perspectives - up to date coverage of online research methods - more examples from real students - a new companion website, featuring Powerpoint slides for lecturers The authors take an applied approach and every chapter contains a variety of practical examples from real research. Readers are encouraged to reflect on their own practice at every step, meaning that the book remains extremely relevant throughout. It will be invaluable for all students who are doing a dissertation or taking a research methods module in education, the social sciences, business and health.

A Student's Guide to Methodology

Author: Peter Clough,Cathy Nutbrown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446208613

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Essential for anyone undertaking a dissertation or thesis, this title presents clear and straightforward information and advice on the process and functions of methodology.

A Student's Guide to Methodology

Justifying Enquiry

Author: Peter Clough,Cathy Nutbrown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141292913X

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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`This new edition is an attractive book that has a more contemporary feel than the first edition...the most important point though is that Clough and Nutbrown have sought in this new edition to respond to changes in their own thinking about methodology as well as to queries and issues raised by their own teaching experience with students. It therefore feels very up to date on issues around the changing face of research methodology' - ESCalate Praise for the First Edition: 'The greatest strength of this volume is the clarity of the frameworks that guide students through the complexities of methodology…. . If more educational researchers …understood some of the basic principles outlined in 'A Student's Guide to Methodology', the debate about what constitutes rigorous, usable research would be more intelligent and ultimately lead to more profound changes in the relationship between research and educational practice' - Harvard Educational Review Essential for anyone undertaking a dissertation or theses, this book presents clear and straightforward information and advice on the process and functions of methodology. Although methodology is normally reported within a single methodology chapter, the authors show how every element of the account - from the framing of Research Questions to the drawing of Conclusions - is a function of methodology. They also clearly differentiate methodology and methods, and explain how their relationship is articulated in practice. This second edition includes a range of new examples as well as updated readings and suggestions on using the internet as a research tool and resource. There is also further guidance on ethical issues - a key concern for all engaged in research with human participants in the light of new regulations - and additional sections on how to improve academic writing. The text is supported by a series of activities, which will contribute directly to the writing of students' own methodology chapters.

Doing a Systematic Review

A Student's Guide

Author: Angela Boland,Gemma Cherry,Rumona Dickson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526416565

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Written in a friendly, accessible style by an expert team of authors with years of experience in both conducting and supervising systematic reviews, this is the perfect guide to using systematic review methodology in a research project. It provides clear answers to all review-related questions, including: How do I formulate an appropriate review question? What’s the best way to manage my review? How do I develop my search strategy? How do I get started with data extraction? How do I assess the quality of a study? How can I analyse and synthesize my data? How should I write up the discussion and conclusion sections of my dissertation or thesis?

A Student's Guide to Developmental Psychology

Author: Margaret Harris,Gert Westermann

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1317963040

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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This major new undergraduate textbook provides students with everything they need when studying developmental psychology. Guiding students through the key topics, the book provides both an overview of traditional research and theory as well as an insight into the latest research findings and techniques. Taking a chronological approach, the key milestones from birth to adolescence are highlighted and clear links between changes in behaviour and developments in brain activity are made. Each chapter also highlights both typical and atypical developments, as well as discussing and contrasting the effects of genetic and environmental factors. The book contains a wealth of pedagogical features to help students engage with the material, including: Learning objectives for every chapter Key term definitions Over 100 colour illustrations Chapter summaries Further reading Suggested essay questions. A Student’s Guide to Developmental Psychology is supported by a companion website, featuring a range of helpful supplementary resources including exclusive video clips to illustrate key developmental concepts. This book is essential reading for all undergraduate students of developmental psychology. It will also be of interest to those in education, healthcare and other subjects requiring an up-to-date and accessible overview of child development.

Introducing Qualitative Research

A Student's Guide

Author: Rosaline Barbour

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446293351

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data. The second edition includes: New examples from a range of social science disciplines, making this the perfect book no matter what course you’re studying More on unobtrusive methods of data collection, such as documentary analysis More on internet research methods, mixed methods and visual methods A new section on using software in qualitative research A brand new companion website full of additional lecturer and student resources.

A Student’s Guide to Bayesian Statistics

Author: Ben Lambert

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526418266

Category: Social Science

Page: 520

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Supported by a wealth of learning features, exercises, and visual elements as well as online video tutorials and interactive simulations, this book is the first student-focused introduction to Bayesian statistics. Without sacrificing technical integrity for the sake of simplicity, the author draws upon accessible, student-friendly language to provide approachable instruction perfectly aimed at statistics and Bayesian newcomers. Through a logical structure that introduces and builds upon key concepts in a gradual way and slowly acclimatizes students to using R and Stan software, the book covers: An introduction to probability and Bayesian inference Understanding Bayes' rule Nuts and bolts of Bayesian analytic methods Computational Bayes and real-world Bayesian analysis Regression analysis and hierarchical methods This unique guide will help students develop the statistical confidence and skills to put the Bayesian formula into practice, from the basic concepts of statistical inference to complex applications of analyses.

Discovering Research Methods in Psychology

A Student's Guide

Author: L. D. Sanders

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405175311

Category: Psychology

Page: 330

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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student's Guide presents an accessible introduction to the research methodology techniques that underpin the field of psychology Offers a unique narrative approach to introducing the complexities of psychological research methods to first year students Introduces the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology ? observation, experimentation and survey methods Provides clear summaries of 21st-century published studies that reflect diversity and best illustrate issues in research methodology Includes an emphasis on topics of most interest to students, from those with a personal perspective such as romantic relationships, prejudice and career decisions, to clinical topics including eating disorders, heavy drinking and paranoia Features a comprehensive glossary of all research terminology used in the narrative

Practicing Ethnography

A Student Guide to Method and Methodology

Author: Lynda Mannik,Karen McGarry

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487593147

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Building on the "studying up" trend in anthropology, this book offers a theoretically informed guide to ethnographic methods that is also practical in approach, and reflects the challenges and concerns of contemporary ethnography. Students draw from vignettes situated within North America to learn how various methods work in the real world, and how ethnography informs contemporary anthropological theory. Exercises and assignments encourage students to practice these methods in a familiar context, and a sustained focus on visual methodologies offers coverage not found in other books. The result is a text that discusses both practical and theoretical issues in contemporary ethnography while equipping students with a set of transferable skills.

Criminological Research for Beginners

A Student's Guide

Author: Laura Caulfield,Jane Hill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135050317

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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Criminological Research for Beginners is a comprehensive and engaging guide to research methods in Criminology. Written specifically for undergraduate students and novice researchers, this book has been designed as a practical guide to planning, conducting, and reporting research in the subject. By first inviting readers to consider the importance of criminological research, the book places related methodology firmly in the context of students’ broader study of Criminology, before moving on to provide a detailed guide to the practical processes of research. It is common for Criminology undergraduates to feel intimidated at the prospect of conducting their own research, and these students typically struggle to see the relevance of research methods to their own studies. This book speaks directly to the needs of such students, and includes contemporary examples and case studies that bring a topic that is often thought of as dry to life, providing a thorough and accessible practical guide that students can return to at each stage of their research, all the way through to their dissertation. This book covers: an examination of the theoretical, political, and ethical debates in criminological research; a complete guide to planning criminological research, assisting student researchers in identifying their research questions, choosing their research methods, and critiquing the available literature; guidance on the practicalities and processes of collecting data, a discussion of the process of analysing data and writing up research, Including an extensive glossary and an integrated companion website with extra examples, exercises, and videos to further develop students’ understanding, this book is essential reading for any undergraduate on a Criminological Research Methods course, or for anyone in need of practical guidance on any or every of the various stages involved in conducting thorough and effective criminological research.

Biomeasurement

A Student's Guide to Biostatistics

Author: Dawn Hawkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199650446

Category: Mathematics

Page: 333

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A refreshing, student-focused introduction to the use of statistics in the study of the biosciences. Emphasising why statistical techniques are essential tools for bioscientists, Biomeasurement removes the stigma attached to statistics by giving students the confidence to use key techniques for themselves.

A Student's Guide to Analysis of Variance

Author: Maxwell Roberts,Riccardo Russo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317725050

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 1964

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In the investigation of human behaviour, statistical techniques are employed widely in the social sciences. Whilst introductory statistics courses cover essential techniques, the complexities of behaviour demand that more flexible and comprehensive methods are also employed. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) has become one of the most common of these and it is therefore essential for both student and researcher to have a thorough understanding of it. A Student's Guide to Analysis of Variance covers a range of statistical techniques associated with ANOVA, including single and multiple factor designs, various follow-up procedures such as post-hoc tests, and how to make sense of interactions. Suggestions on the best use of techniques and advice on how to avoid the pitfalls are included, along with guidelines on the writing of formal reports. Introductory level topics such as standard deviation, standard error and t-tests are revised, making this book an invaluable aid to all students for whom ANOVA is a compulsory topic. It will also serve as a useful refresher for the more advanced student and practising researcher.

History and Material Culture

A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources

Author: Karen Harvey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415468493

Category: History

Page: 210

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Harvey opens up the discussion on sources to those beyond the 'traditional' textual ones, and into the material realm. Through 12 chapters different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the world and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history.

The Student Guide to Freire's 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed'

Author: Antonia Darder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474255639

Category: Education

Page: 216

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This book serves as an important companion to Freire's seminal work, providing powerful insights into both a philosophically sound and politically inspired understanding of Freire's book, supporting application of his pedagogy in enacting emancipatory educational programs in the world today. Antonia Darder closely examines Freire's ideas as they are articulated in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, beginning with a historical discussion of Freire's life and a systematic discussion of the central philosophical traditions that informed his revolutionary ideas. She engages and explores Freire's fundamental themes and ideas, including the issues of humanization, the teacher/student relationship, reflection, dialogue, praxis, and his larger emancipatory vision. Questions are included throughout Chapter 3, Reading the Text Chapter-by-Chapter, to enable greater discussion of, and engagement with, the text itself. The book includes an incisive interview with Freire's widow, Ana Maria Araujo Freire. The bibliography offers invaluable support to those looking to read and study other works by Paulo Freire.

A Student's Introduction to Geographical Thought

Theories, Philosophies, Methodologies

Author: Pauline Couper

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473911311

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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This ism-busting text is an enormously accessible account of the key philosophical and theoretical ideas that have informed geographical research. It makes abstract ideas explicit and clearly connects it with real practices of geographical research and knowledge. Written with flair and passion, A Student's Introduction to Geographical Thought: Explains the key ideas: scientific realism, anti-realism and idealism / positivism / critical rationalism / Marxism and critical realism/ social constructionism and feminism / phenomenology and post-phenomenology / postmodernism and post-structuralism / complexity / moral philosophy. Uses examples that address both physical geography and human geography. Use a familiar and real-world example - ‘the beach’ - as an entry point to basic questions of philosophy, returning to this to illustrate and to explain the links between philosophy, theory, and methodology. All chapters end with summaries and sources of further reading, a glossary explaining key terms, exercises with commentaries, and web resources of key articles from the journals Progress in Human Geography and Progress in Physical Geography. A Student's Introduction to Geographical Thought is a completely accessible student A-Z of theory and practice for both human and physical geography.

Making sense

social sciences : a student's guide to research and writing

Author: Margot Northey,Lorne Tepperman,James Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195421002

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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Designed specifically for students in the social sciences, this useful guide outlines the basic principles of grammar, punctuation, usage, as well as discusses research design, theory, measurement, and argument.

Mind Your Faith

A Student's Guide to Thinking and Living Well

Author: David A. Horner

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830869350

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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The university world can be a confusing place, filled with many competing worldviews and perspectives. Beliefs and values are challenged at every turn. But Christians need not slip into the morass of easy relativism. David Horner restores sanity to the collegiate experience with this guide to thinking and flourishing as a Christian. Carefully exploring how ideas work, he gives you essential tools for thinking contextually, thinking logically and thinking worldviewishly. Here Horner meets you where faith and reason intersect and explores how to handle doubts, with an eye toward not just thinking clearly but also living faithfully. This is the book every college freshman needs to read. Don't leave home without it.

Exploring Proteins

a student's guide to experimental skills and methods

Author: Nicholas Price,Jacqueline Nairn

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199205707

Category: Science

Page: 528

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Exploring Proteins offers a complete course in developing the skills to be able to understand the way proteins behave and the methods used to separate, identify and characterise them. It equips you with the skills you need to plan and carry out this experimental work, and to understand, analyse, and present the data your work generates.

The Student's Guide to Entrepreneurship

Author: Marc Steren

Publisher: Millington House Publishing

ISBN: 9781941616260

Category:

Page: 160

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The Student's Guide to Entrepreneurship is a step-by-step process for students to create and build startups. Students will learn to: create and design business concepts, systematically test those concepts and build and lead teams. Through this Guide, the students discover consumer problems and how to iterate to find marketable solutions to those problems.

Anthropology

A Student's Guide to Theory and Method

Author: Stanley Barrett

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442697016

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Stanley R. Barrett's Anthropology has long been a premiere sourcebook for students, providing a comprehensive overview of both theory and method in the discipline. In this updated second edition, Barrett's discussion of the origins and evolution of anthropology remains, augmented by sections addressing recent changes and ongoing questions in the field. The second edition of Anthropology adds important new material on questions of culture versus power, Max Weber's thought, the potential of applied anthropology, and the rise of public anthropology, while briefly touching on the anthropology of globalization. As in the previous edition, Barrett remains committed to exploring the impact of postmodernism on the practice and theory of anthropology, positing that it is a formless and ultimately short-lived approach. Including case studies to demonstrate real-world applications of the theories discussed, Barrett's Anthropology remains an essential text for students and teachers of anthropology.