Your research project: a step-by-step guide for the first-time researcher
How do you start a research project? What are the hallmarks of a successful research project? These questions are answered in this practical step by step guide to doing a successful research project. This book systematically explains, in a clear and structured way, the theory of and approaches to research while at the same time helping the student//practitioner to develop the topic of their research and acquire the necessary research skills to undertake the successful completion of a research project. It encourages the formation of critical analysis, rigour and independence of thought, fostering individual judgement and skill in the application of research theory and methods. It also develops the crucial skills required in writing research proposals, reports and theses. The particular strength of this book is the way it combines the explanation of practical and theoretical aspects of research directly with the progressive development of the reader's ideas about their individual research topic. It always refers to the researcher's subject of study - no dry theorising which is difficult to relate to individual research interests. The book is divided into chapters with explicit objectives, requiring the researcher to apply the aspects of research they have learned in each chapter to the next stage in developing the proposal. It uses a direct approach leading the reader step-by-step through the book with engaging self assessment exercises to reinforce and develop understanding.
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