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Making Sense of Social Research

First Edition

February 2003 | 222 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introduction to generic research skills. It is uncluttered, direct and unpatronizing. Key features of the book are:

- Accessibility

- Clarification of key issues and problem solving guidance

- Demonstration of the importance of interplay between theory and research

- Realism in defining essential research issues and the problems that researchers encounter

`It is not the case that "anyone can do social research", most research requires training. Here Malcolm Williams provides such training.... Helpful and often humorous' - Roger Sapsford, University of Teesside


 
Introduction
 
Science and Commitment in Social Research
 
From Question to Method
 
Research as Interpretation
 
Selecting and Sampling
 
Survey Research
 
Questionnaire Design
 
Analysing Survey Data
 
The Ethics of Social Research
 
Designing Research
 
Reporting Findings

'It is not the case that "anyone can do social research", most research requires training. Here Malcolm Williams provides such training … economical. Helpful and often humorous' - Roger Sapsford, University of Teesside


Readable text which learners will find helpful in undertaking research projects

Mrs Marion McGuire
Health and Social Care, Impact International College
March 12, 2013

A good introductory text which provides students with an overview of social research. This is a text which would be very useful for undergraduates that are exploring research for the first time. It is written in an easy and very accessible way which also enhances the books appeal

Dr Shane Collins
Sport, Durham University
August 11, 2010

This book gives a very thorough training from research question through to reporting findings. Unlike many research textbooks, however, it actively helps the student to make decisions about their own research project, describing how one progresses through the research process and the consequences of methodological decisions.

Dr Lucy Michael
Social Science , Hull University
July 18, 2010

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