Basic Research Methods
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Basic Research Methods
An Entry to Social Science Research

  • Gerard Guthrie - Guthrie Development Consultancy, Canberra, Australia

© 2010 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book offers a comprehensive and well-rounded view of research as a tool for problem-solving in the wide range of the social sciences. It is built on the foundation of philosophical pragmatism, postulating that the value of knowledge and research methodologies lie in their usefulness in engaging with the real world.

The book synthesizes both positivist and non-positivist methodologies. It is meant for students who are undertaking their first research course or project. The techniques, while basic in nature, are used in many masters and doctoral research studies. The book uses engaging language, real-life examples from various subject areas and follows an inductive approach. With the help of this book, from an experiential base, students should be able to build a more advanced conceptual and theoretical understanding of research through further reading and practice.

This book discusses a policy-applied-pure-action model of research covering both quantitative and qualitative methods for case study, survey and experimental designs. It pays considerable attention to measurement principles and to data analysis techniques that make practical use of Microsoft Excel for analysis of both words and numbers. It includes a building block approach to writing, as well as the author’s thoughts on application of research in the real world.
 
Preface
 
PART ONE: THE PROBLEM
 
Approaches to Research
 
Research Ethics
 
Research Proposal and Literature Review
 
Research Methodology
 
PART TWO: DATA COLLECTION
 
Sampling
 
Case Study Method
 
Survey Method / Experimental Method
 
Available Data
 
Observation
 
Interviews
 
Questionnaires
 
Tests
 
PART THREE: DATA ANALYSIS
 
Measurement Principles
 
Qualitative Data
 
Quantitative Data
 
PART FOUR: ACTION
 
Social Science English
 
The Report
 
Using the Results
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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ISBN: 9788132104575

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