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Research Training for Social Scientists
A Handbook for Postgraduate Researchers

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May 2000 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project. Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers

 
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Peter Smith
Philosophy of Science and Its Relevance for the Social Sciences
Nick Stevenson
Questions of Hermeneutics
Beyond Empiricism and Post-modernism  
Sue Webb
Feminist Methodologies for Social Researching
Peter Jackson
Race and Racism
 
PART TWO: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
Gerry Kent
Ethical Principles
Iain Crow
The Power of Research
Gerry Kent
Informed Consent
David Townend
Can the Law Prescribe an Ethical Framework for Social Science Research?
Anne Celnick
Ethics in the Field
David Townend
How Does Substantive Law Currently Regulate Social Science Research
 
PART THREE: GETTING STARTED
Dawn Burton
Using Literature to Support Research
 
PART FOUR: QUALITATIVE METHODS: DESIGN, DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Simon Holdaway
Theory and Method in Qualitative Research
Wanda Thomas Bernard
Participatory Research as Emancipatory Method
Challenges and Opportunities  
Caroline Oates
The Use of Focus Groups in Social Science Research
Matt Stroh
Qualitative Interviewing
Dawn Burton
The Use of Case Studies in Social Science Research
Matt Stroh
Computers and Qualitative Data Analysis
To Use or Not to Use...?  
Peter Jackson
Writing Up Qualitative Data
 
PART FIVE: USING COMPUTERS FOR QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
Matt Stroh
Using NUD·IST Version 4
A Hands-on Lesson  
 
PART SIX: SURVEY RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: DESIGN AND DATA COLLECTION
Dawn Burton
Design Issues in Survey Research
Dawn Burton
Sampling Strategies in Survey Research
Dawn Burton
Data Collection Issues in Survey Research
Dawn Burton
Questionnaire Design
Dawn Burton
Secondary Data Analysis
 
PART SEVEN: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
Vernon Gayle
Descriptive Statistics
Vernon Gayle
Inferential Statistics
Vernon Gayle
Getting Started
 
PART EIGHT: FINISHING OFF: WRITING, PRESENTING AND PUBLISHING
Dawn Burton
Writing a Thesis
Doug Watts and Paul White
Presentation Skills
Doug Watts and Paul White
Getting Published

An excellent and comprehensive text that is appropriate for masters and doctoral researchers.

Dr David Plowright
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
August 8, 2011

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