Developing Effective Research Proposals

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SAGE, Oct 2, 2006 - Social Science - 176 pages
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Successful research requires effective and thorough preparation. In this expanded and updated Second Edition of Developing Effective Research Proposals Keith Punch offers an indispensable guide to the issues involved in proposal development and in presenting a well-considered plan for the execution of research.

Dealing with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research across the social sciences, the Second Edition comprehensively covers the topics and concerns relevant to the subject and is organized around three central themes: What is a research proposal, who reads proposals and why? How can we go about developing a proposal? and What might a finished proposal look like?

New features of this edition include:

-Expanded sections covering research strategy, research planning and academic writing

-Examples of successful research proposals from across the social science disciplines

-A more comprehensive discussion of ethics

-A brand new glossary and chapter summaries

The Second Edition will be welcomed by all those preparing or evaluating research proposals, and will be invaluable across all areas of social science, both basic and applied, and for students undertaking quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method studies.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Readers Expectations and Functions
9
Chapter 3 A General Framework for Developing Proposals
19
Chapter 4 The Role of Theory and Dealing with the Literature
30
Chapter 5 Methods
45
Chapter 6 Writing the Proposal
59
Chapter 7 Tactics
75
Chapter 8 Examples of Proposals
87
Disentangling the Terms Perspective Strategy and Design
141
Questions to Guide Proposal Development
144
Notes
147
Glossary
151
References
158
Index
161
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Keith F. Punch is a social research expert and was Winthrop Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Western Australia.

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