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Understanding the Research Process

Understanding the Research Process

April 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book helps students understand the use of specialist vocabulary and terminology of educational and social science research. The author explores the ways in which research terminology is used, and shows students how to use specialist research terminology appropriately, how to understand the meaning of research terms, and how to disseminate research in a style which is clear and easily understood.

The Idea of Research
The Conceptual Range of a Research Study
Introducing Research Questions and Aims
Analyzing Previous Research
The Scientific Method
The Research Design
Data Collection Methods
Questions of Ethics
Presenting a Conclusion and Disseminating Research

The text is clear and supports students at the beginning of their research journey with planning the design and recapping on their studies from the foundation degree.

Miss Tracey Canham
Early Years, Swindon College
September 11, 2020

There was a reasonable match with (some of) the materail in a new course entitled : Research Organisation & Management being developed for new PG students.

Professor Richard Howard McClatchey
School of Computer Science, University of The West of England
October 26, 2015

I found this a nice easy book. It dealt with a number of areas students often struggle on.

Mrs Joanne Martin
Business and law, City of Sunderland College
September 1, 2014

This publication is essential for novices engaging in research. It explains the terminologies used in the research process, and summarises core points which is key for credible researchers.

Ms Michelle Robinson
Division of Medical Education, Kings College
June 6, 2014

Very user friendly text which allows students to gain an understanding of the initial concepts we discuss in classes. Have used the chapter on Research questions and aims as this appears to help students visualise what they are trying to achieve.

Dr Margaret-Anne Houston
[DEPARTMENT NOT SPECIFIED], Glasgow Caledonian University
May 23, 2013

Easy to read- excellent text

Professor Jennifer O'Neil
Social Science, Lesley University
September 14, 2011

I have adopted Dr. John Cresswell book: "Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches."

Dr Ernesto Rosario-Hernandez
Psychology , Ponce School of Medicine
September 2, 2011

This is a straightforward and comprehensive read laid out in a logical order. The objectives and summary for each chapter are particularly useful, especially the 'terms used' box.

Mrs Ann Jones
Faculty of Education and Theology, York St. John University
September 2, 2011

very useful and will adopt for my research module for social work students, like the language and format of the book.

Mr Peter Heath
Arts and Higher Education, North East Worcestershire College
July 11, 2011

This is a good introductory book which takes a thoughtful look at the research process. Particularly useful is the exploratory nature of the text that constantly questions the reader and emphasises the numerous perspectives that exist when considering the research process. The ‘Points to Consider’ and ‘Questions to Ask’ boxes remind one of the contentious nature of research. The advisory tone of the book enables the student to gain a broad appreciation of the research process. The ‘Terms used’ boxes also highlight important terminology, and the emboldened words throughout the text help the reader to identify definitions.

Dr Alaster Douglas
School of Education, Roehampton University
July 7, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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