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Doing Real Research
A Practical Guide to Social Research



© 2016 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Challenging the formality and idealized settings of conventional methods teaching and opting instead for a real world approach to social research, this book offers frank, practical advice designed to empower students and researchers alike.

Theoretically robust and with an exhaustive coverage of key methodologies and methods the title establishes the cornerstones of social research. Examples reflect research conducted inside and outside formal university settings and range from the extremes of war torn countries to the complexities of school classrooms.

Supported by a wealth of learning features and tools the textbook and website include:

  • Video top tips
  • Podcasts
  • Full text journal articles
  • Interviews with researchers conducting field research
  • Links to external websites and blogs
  • Student exercises
  • Real world case studies
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
 
Chapter 1: Research design: Planning for the unknowable, the unexpected and the undesirable
 
Chapter 2: How to do a literature review: Using existing evidence and ideas to build a foundation
 
Chapter 3: How to be an ethical researcher
 
PART TWO: IN THE FIELD
 
Chapter 4: How to manage risk: Protecting yourself and your equipment
 
Chapter 5: How to find a representative sample
 
Chapter 6: How to gain research participation
 
PART THREE: DATA COLLECTION METHODS
 
Chapter 7: How to do Survey Research
 
Chapter 8: How to do interviews and focus groups
 
Chapter 9: How to use existing data: Challenges and opportunities
 
PART FOUR: MANAGING AND ANALYZING DATA
 
Chapter 10: How to manage your data
 
Chapter 11: How to do qualitative data analysis
 
Chapter 12: How to do quantitative data analysis
 
PART FIVE: PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH
 
Chapter 13: How to Write up your Research
 
Concluding Thoughts

An excellent, accessible and comprehensive text. Suggestions for further reading and online resources are really helpful.

Dr Maria Fitzgerald
London School of Osteopathy, London School of Osteopathy
August 11, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6: How to Gain Research Participation


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