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

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SAGE, Jan 14, 2014 - Reference - 432 pages
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Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners has been written specifically for those with no previous experience of research or research methodology. Written in a logical and accessible style and providing helpful techniques and examples, it breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable operational steps. The book guides you through your project from beginning to end by offering practical advice on:

formulating a research question ethical considerations carrying out a literature review choosing a research design selecting a sample collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data writing a research report.

The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects.

 

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Contents

RESEARCH A WAY OF THINKING
1
THE RESEARCH PROCESS A QUICK GLANCE
33
FORMULATING A RESEARCH PROBLEM
45
REVIEWING THE LITERATURE
47
FORMULATING A RESEARCH PROBLEM
62
IDENTIFYING VARIABLES
79
CONSTRUCTING HYPOTHESES
98
CONCEPTUALISING A RESEARCH DESIGN
119
SELECTING A SAMPLE
227
WRITING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
253
WRITING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
255
COLLECTING DATA
279
CONSIDERING ETHICAL ISSUES IN DATA COLLECTION
281
PROCESSING AND DISPLAYING DATA
291
PROCESSING DATA
293
DISPLAYING DATA
331

THE RESEARCH DESIGN
121
SELECTING A STUDY DESIGN
131
CONSTRUCTING AN INSTRUMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION
167
SELECTING A METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION
169
COLLECTING DATA USING ATTITUDINAL SCALES
200
ESTABLISHING THE VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF A RESEARCH INSTRUMENT
211
SELECTING A SAMPLE
225
WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT
351
WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT
353
GLOSSARY
363
BIBLIOGRAPHY
387
INDEX
393
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About the author (2014)

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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