Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

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SAGE Publications, Dec 8, 2010 - Education - 440 pages
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The Third Edition of Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners integrates various quantitative and qualitative methodologies into eight practice-based-steps, providing lots of examples throughout to link theory with practice. Written specifically for students with no previous experience of research and research methodology, the writing style is simple and clear and the author presents this complex subject in a straightforward way that empowers readers to tackle research with confidence. The Third Edition has taken the bold step of breaking down the wall between quantitative and qualitative methods and provides methodologies for both modes of inquiry side by side in the eight step process. The book has been revised and updated to include extended coverage of qualitative research methods in addition to existing comprehensive coverage of quantitative methods. There are also brand new learning features such as reflective questions throughout the text to help students consolidate their knowledge. The book contains practical and easy-to-follow guidance on: Carrying out literature review Formulating a research problem Choosing a study design Writing a research proposal Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data Selecting a sample Ethical considerations in research Displaying analyzed data Writing a research report Research and practice evaluation The book is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects.
  

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Review: Research Methodology: A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners

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This book is the reference for the course. The paper used is the thick one, similar to plain A4 paper, which is not the usual thin paper (which can tear up easily) used by other international ... Read full review

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This book is the reference for the course. The paper used is the thick one, similar to plain A4 paper, which is not the usual thin paper (which can tear up easily) used by other international ... Read full review

Contents

A Way of Thinking
1
A Quick Glance
17
STEP I Formulating a Research Problem
29
Chapter 3 Reviewing the Literature
31
Chapter 4 Formulating a Research Problem
43
Chapter 5 Identifying Variables
61
Chapter 6 Constructing Hypotheses
81
STEP II Conceptualising a Research Design
91
STEP V Writing a Research Proposal
215
Chapter 13 How to Write a Research Proposal
217
STEP VI Collecting Data
239
Chapter 14 Considering Ethical Issues in Data Collection
241
STEP VII Processing and Displaying Data
251
Chapter 15 Processing Data
253
Chapter 16 Displaying Data
291
STEP VIII Writing a Research Report
311

Chapter 7 The Research Design
93
Chapter 8 Selecting a Study Design
103
STEP III Constructing an Instrument for Data Collection
135
Chapter 9 Selecting a Method of Data Collection
137
Chapter 10 Collecting Data Using Attitudinal Scales
167
Chapter 11 Establishing the Validityand Reliability of a Research Instrument
177
STEP IV Selecting a Sample
189
Chapter 12 Selecting a Sample
191
Chapter 17 Writing a Research Report
313
Chapter 18 Research Methodology and Practice Evaluation
323
a set of exercises for beginners
355
Glossary
377
Bibliography
403
Index
409
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Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia for 30 years. He is currently a freelance research and evaluation consultant in Western Australia.

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