Handbook of social science research

Author: Beverly R. Dixon,Gary D. Bouma,G. B. J. Atkinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198780236

Category: Medical

Page: 225

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What is social science? What are the pitfalls and the tricks of the trade? This book provides answers to these and many other questions asked by those who seek to develop their research skills. Using a step-by-step approach, the authors clarify such issues as isolating and defining a problem, framing a hypothesis, choosing and measuring variables, determining a research design, and selecting a sample. By asking readers to grapple with fundamental questions, and by using case studies, this book brings research theory into practice.

Your Research Project

A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher

Author: Nicholas Walliman,Bousmaha Baiche

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761965394

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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How do you start a research project? What are the hallmarks of a successful research project? These questions are answered in this practical step by step guide to doing a successful research project. This book systematically explains, in a clear and structured way, the theory of and approaches to research while at the same time helping the student//practitioner to develop the topic of their research and acquire the necessary research skills to undertake the successful completion of a research project. It encourages the formation of critical analysis, rigour and independence of thought, fostering individual judgement and skill in the application of research theory and methods. It also develops the crucial skills required in

Research Methodology

A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Author: Ranjit Kumar

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446244777

Category: Reference

Page: 440

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Written specifically for students with no previous experience of research and research methodology, the Third Edition of Research Methodology breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable steps and provides plenty 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 report The 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.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods

Author: Luke Sloan,Anabel Quan-Haase

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987210

Category: Social Science

Page: 728

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The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods offers a step-by-step guide to overcoming the challenges inherent in research projects that deal with 'big and broad data', from the formulation of research questions through to the interpretation of findings. The handbook includes chapters on specific social media platforms such as Twitter, Sina Weibo and Instagram, as well as a series of critical chapters. The holistic approach is organised into the following sections: Conceptualising & Designing Social Media Research Collection & Storage Qualitative Approaches to Social Media Data Quantitative Approaches to Social Media Data Diverse Approaches to Social Media Data Analytical Tools Social Media Platforms This handbook is the single most comprehensive resource for any scholar or graduate student embarking on a social media project.

Interviewing as Qualitative Research

A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences, 4th Ed.

Author: Irving Seidman

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807772232

Category: Social Science

Page: 143

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Now in its fourth edition, this popular book provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. Using concrete examples of interviewing techniques to illustrate the issues under discussion, this classic text helps readers to understand the complexities of interviewing and its connections to broader issues of qualitative research. The text includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of interviewing approaches. Appropriate for individual and classroom use, the new edition has been expanded to include: clarification of important phenomenological assumptions that underlie the interviewing approach presented in the book; new sections on Long-Distance Interviewing and its implications for the relationship between interviewers and their participants; a new section on the pros and cons of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software; The Ethics of Doing Good Work, is a new chapter which discusses the interplay between ethical issues in interviewing and how interviewers carry out their work as researchers.

Doing action research in early childhood studies

a step by step guide

Author: Glenda Mac Naughton,Patrick Hughes

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 250

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Are you worried about doing your early years action research project?. Does the thought of choosing the right research question feel daunting?. Are you concerned about the challenges you might face? ..If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then this is the book for you! ...Written in a lively and accessible style, this is the essential step-by-step guide to conducting your own action research project. The book introduces and evaluates different approaches to action research and explores how they can be applied in early childhood settings to create positive change and to improve practice. ..Using varied illustrations and case studies of contemporary projects in diverse early childhood contexts, the book addresses specific issues and challenges that you might face when conducting action research in such settings. ..Each chapter offers gentle guidance and support at a specific stage of the research process, from choosing your initial topic to formulating your research question, through to sharing the lessons of your project. ...The book's key features include: .. 16 'Steps' that walk you through the process of conducting your action research project. References to real life research projects to illustrate key ideas, themes, practices and debates. Advice on creating an action research journal, with sample extracts. 'Thinking Boxes' in each chapter to encourage you to review and reflect on the chapter's contents as you plan your research project. Checklists in each chapter of key concepts, processes and themes, together with further resources ..The authors explore some difficult issues associated with action research, including ethics, rigour, validity, critical reflection, and social and professional change. They show that there is more than one 'right' way to perform an action research project and advise you how to choose an approach that is appropriate for your particular interests and circumstances. ..Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studies is an essential resource for students and practitioners of early childhood studies..

Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science

Author: Brooke Ackerly,Jacqui True

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137054425

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This extremely innovative interdisciplinary text guides the reader through the research process from research design through to analysis and presentation while at the same time introducing the range of debates, challenges and tools that feminists use in their research around the world.

Research Methods for Political Science

Author: David E. McNabb

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 0765628805

Category: Political science

Page: 571

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This comprehensive text is designed to help political science students learn what to research, why to research, and how to research. It integrates both the quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, including the most detailed coverage of qualitative methods currently available. The book provides specific instructions in the use of available statistical software programs such as Excel and SPSS. It covers such important topics as research design, specifying research problems, designing questionnaires and writing questions, designing and carrying out qualitative research, and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative research data. Copiously illustrated and thoroughly classroom tested, the book presents statistical methods in a conversational tone to help students surmount "math phobia."

Methods in Human Geography

A guide for students doing a research project

Author: Robin Flowerdew,David M. Martin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317873386

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Designing Qualitative Research

Author: Catherine Marshall,Gretchen B. Rossman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412924894

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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'This updated edition maintains the authors' admirably practical focus - their primary aim is to offer a step by step approach to crafting a viable qualitative research proposal' - Stefan Krug, Science Direct With expanded coverage of ethics, analysis processes and approaches, the authors have updated their bestselling text to reflect recent advances and challenges. Features in the Fourth Edition include: - Recent thinking on `the researcher in the research setting' - Consideration of the current political climate - Updated references and Further Reading sections - Postscripts at the end of each chapter that consist of a dialogue between a student and an advisor, illustrating design dilemmas in real time - A step-by-step guide to crafting a research project from start to finish.

The intercultural city step by step - Practical guide for applying the urban model of intercultural integration

Author: N.A

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9287178186

Category: Law

Page: 114

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Most countries in Europe and indeed around the world are facing the challenges of international migration and integration of minorities. It falls primarily upon cities to design and implement policies that foster community cohesion and turn cultural diversity into a factor of development rather than a threat.This guide is designed for city leaders and practitioners wishing to learn from the Intercultural Cities pilot project run by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in developing an intercultural approach to diversity management and integration. This approach has been built on the basis of experience in dozens of real-life cities in redesigning their policies and reshaping their governance to ensure equal opportunities and realise a diversity advantage.The guide recommends steps and measures to help develop an intercultural strategy and monitor its implementation. It illustrates the elements of such a strategy with analytical questions, suggestions and examples of practice in various European cities.It is expected that any city embarking on the Intercultural Cities agenda is a confident and competent entity that is able to creatively adapt the general concepts and actions contained in this guide to local circumstances.This guide is therefore not an instruction manual but rather an aide-memoire to support cities as they create their own trajectory.

Qualitative Research Design

An Interactive Approach

Author: Joseph A. Maxwell

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452285837

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Third Edition provides researchers and students with a user-friendly, step-by-step guide to planning qualitative research. Joseph A. Maxwell shows how the components of design interact with each other, and provides a strategy for creating coherent and workable relationships among these design components, highlighting key design issues. Written in an informal, jargon-free style, the book incorporates examples and hands-on exercises. "This book uses everyday language that will captivate students' attention and embed practical knowledge to supplement the technical." —Gaetane Jean-Marie, University of Oklahoma "The key strengths of the text are the passion and the enthusiasm that Dr. Maxwell has for qualitative research after all these years. I feel I can also utilize these concepts on my own research team and take them out of the classroom and into research team meetings with colleagues." —Deborah Gioia, University of Maryland, Baltimore "I really liked this book. I found myself taking notes and saying "yes" so many times because Maxwell captures the research process so well and provides many points worth quoting. As a faculty mentor, I particularly see the value of this book for my students who are conducting qualitative dissertations." —Mary S. Enright, Capella University "The text is incredibly engaging and practical...So many of the issues raised in the book are central to qualitative research, yet often not explicitly discussed in 'public' venues." - David Carlone, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro "I particularly like the interactive focus and believe that helps students to more realistically engage qualitative research design. It certainly lives up to its billing as a good guidebook, and I appreciate the fact that the author really concentrates on useful content, exercises, insights, and examples, and leaves extensive theory discussions to others." - Sharon L. Caudle, Texas A & M University

Political Research

Methods and Practical Skills

Author: Sandra Halperin,Oliver Heath

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198702744

Category:

Page: 460

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Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills is the most comprehensive political research methods textbook available. Written especially for politics students, it provides a practical and relevant approach to the subject that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed toevaluate research findings and successfully carry out independent study and research. Taking a helpful step-by-step approach, the authors guide the reader through the process of asking and answering research questions and the different methods used in political research, providing practical advice on how to be critical and rigorous in both evaluating and conducting research. With an emphasis throughout on how research can impact important political questions and policy issues, Halperin and Heath equip readers with the skills to formulate significant questions and develop meaningful and persuasive answers. An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text, and includes a range of resources for both students and lecturers. For students: * Learn from real examples of actual research to see what research proposals and literature reviews look like in practice* Take your learning further with relevant web links to reliable online content related to each chapter. For registered lecturers: * Access additional case studies, complete with accompanying questions, for use in class or to assign as additional reading* Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested seminar questions and activities

Introduction to Health Research Methods

Author: Kathryn H. Jacobsen

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 076378334X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 287

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From best-selling author of Introduction to Global Health, Introduction to Health Research Methods demystifies the research process and empowers students (and other new investigators) to conduct their own original research projects. Using clear language and practical examples, the text has five sections that describe the entire research process beginning with the identification of a research question and the selection of a study approach, proceeding through the collection and analysis of data and the preparation of a formal scientific report, and ending with academic and professional presentations and publishing. By breaking the research process down into manageable steps, Introduction to Health Research Methods communicates the excitement and importance of health research—and encourages readers to make their own contribution to improving the health of individuals and communities through research. Key features: • A step-by-step guide to conducting research in medicine, public health, and other health sciences • For classroom use or for guiding independent work on scholarly projects • Covers the entire research process from identifying a study question and selecting a study approach to collecting and analyzing data to disseminating the findings • Includes detailed information about how to conduct primary studies (collection of new data), secondary analyses (analysis of existing data), and tertiary studies (literature reviews) • Weaves elements of research ethics throughout the book

Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences

A Guide to Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Author: Carsten Q. Schneider,Claudius Wagemann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107013526

Category: Political Science

Page: 350

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A 'user's guide' to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and the methodological family of set-theoretic methods in social science.

Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Methods and Designs

Author: Stephen D. Lapan,MaryLynn T. Quartaroli,Frances J. Riemer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118118855

Category: Education

Page: 560

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The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Step by step, the authors explain a range of methodologies and methods for conducting qualitative research focusing on how they are applied when conducting an actual study. The book includes methods of data collection, specific approaches to qualitative research, and current issues in the field. Specifically, chapters cover the methods, designs, and analyses related to the methodologies of history, case study, program evaluation, ethnography, autoethnography, narrative, life histories, emancipatory discourses, feminist perspectives, African American inquiry, indigenous studies, and practitioner qualitative research.

Collecting Qualitative Data

A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques

Author: Virginia Braun

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107054974

Category: Psychology

Page: 406

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A practical and accessible guide to new and exciting types of qualitative data, and modes of qualitative data collection.

Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research

A Practical Guide to Meta-Analysis and Meta-Synthesis

Author: Barbara L. Paterson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761924159

Category: Medical

Page: 162

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Meta-study is an exciting new opportunity for the analysis and synthesis of qualitative research findings. Over the last two decades, a wide range of methods and approaches originating from the social and health sciences have provided a wealth of new knowledge sources from which to develop theory. This book provides step-by-step directions for how to conduct a meta-study, as well as recommendations for tools and standards for the application of this approach. Meta-study entails an exhaustive analysis of the theory, method, and findings of research in a substantive area. These analytic processes form the foundation upon which a credible synthesis of new knowledge can be explored. Meta-study permits investigators to: { look beyond individual findings { critically interpret variations and contradictions in the body of available research { move toward the potential for knowledge synthesis The authors of this timely volume: { differentiate between meta-analysis and meta-synthesis { write in a how-to style { illustrate each step with examples from their own meta-study projects in the substantive field of chronic illness { use their own experience with performing a meta-study to explain the process, including past mistakes and retrospective insight

Needs Assessment

A Creative and Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Author: Rebecca Reviere

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781560323761

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Research Design

Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches

Author: Patricia Leavy

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462514383

Category: Psychology

Page: 301

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This user-friendly book provides a step-by-step guide to using the five major approaches to research design: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research. Chapters on each approach follow a unique format--they present a template for a research proposal and explain in detail how to conceptualize and fill in every section. Terminology commonly used within each approach is identified, and key moments of ethical decision making are flagged. Interdisciplinary research examples draw on current events and social justice topics. Unique coverage includes hot topics: replication studies and data sharing, tailoring proposals to different audiences, and more. The book also includes a general introduction to social research; an in-depth, practical discussion of ethics; and a chapter on how to begin a research study, from planning a topic to developing a research question via a literature review. Pedagogical Features *Multiple "Review Stops" in each chapter--quick quizzes with answer keys. *End-of-chapter writing exercises, research activities, and suggested resources. *Bold-face key terms and an end-of-book glossary. *Boxed tips from experts in the respective approaches. *Supplemental PowerPoint slides for instructors using the book in a class.