Doing Research in the Real World
- David E Gray - University of Greenwich, UK
From first planning to writing up your research, this complete guide will help you push your project forward.
Walking you through every step you need to take, it helps you build your knowledge of theory and methods and offers straightforward guidance to empower you to make good research decisions and learn best practice.
This fifth edition:
- Draws on over 70 case studies of research in action to demonstrate potential pitfalls – and how to avoid them.
- Adds a new chapter on data management, providing how-to guidance on storing your research data.
- Provides more than 150 activities to help you develop your understanding of key concepts and advance your research methods knowledge.
- Illustrates how research methods skills transfer to the workplace, helping you boost your employability.
Accompanied by online resources including videos, case studies and further reading that bring methods to life, this accessible book is still the definitive research companion for any student doing a research project.
Student Resources (Free to access)
The David Gray Online Library contains a wealth of handpicked tools and resources for every chapter:
- Journal articles and SAGE book chapters to help you delve deeper and support your assignments
- Weblinks to online articles and blog posts to expand your understanding of each topic
- Case studies of real research give you a deeper insight into practice and theory
- Author videos from David Gray introducing each chapter, providing valuable top tips and showcasing best practice
- Weblinks to online videos from YouTube and SAGE Research Methods to improve your understanding of key concepts
- Weblinks that help you develop your employability skills
- Datasets that give you hands-on experience with data analysis
- Templates and checklists to help you keep your project on track
Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)
- A test bank of multiple choice questions, for directed learning or assessment purposes
- PowerPoint slides, featuring figures and tables from the book
- A free resource pack allowing you to upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s virtual learning environment (i.e. Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs
This book give a comprehensive overview of the research process. For HRM students it is vital that their research is undertaken in a real life setting so this is particularly relevant. I liked the range of case studies and real life examples helping students to make the links between theory and practice
Accessible well structured text which will assist social work researchers linking research with practice.
It is essential for challenge based research.
David Gray provides a comprehensive and easy to read book that makes the complex and, potentially, overwhelming concept of research methods much more engaging.
The book is suitable for Undergraduate level student’s embarking on their first experiences of research as well as Postgraduate students who are formulating and designing their masters level research dissertations.
The end of chapter resources, via the “Online Library”, that is available with this text are very effective to reinforce learning at all stages of the research process.
It is a text that is regarded as a student companion for contemporary research.
Welcomed by dissertation students undertaking empirical studies
This is an excellent text, clearly presenting the research process. This publication has been invaluable for many students on our degree programmes, enabling them to link the case studies, theory and their own research studies. This title has been added to the reading list as an essential text.
Excellent overview of the field presented in in an accessible manner.
Really useful book, I've used previous editions and can't recommend it enough to my students, both undergrad and post grad.
This text has been really helpful for EdD candidates who are undertaking practice-based doctoral study.