Theory and Practice
- Derek Layder - University of Leicester, UK
Field Research | Field Research | Focus Group Research | Focus Group Research | Mixed Methods Research | Mixed Methods Research | Research Methods | Research Methods | Research Methods in Sociology | Research Methods in Sociology | Sociological Theory | Sociological Theory | Survey Research | Survey Research |
With its unique modelling and mapping of social processes, Investigative Research offers an alternative approach to social research. This book guides you through the theoretical grounding and rules you need to effectively combine the evidence-based explanations of social behaviour and distinctive strategies of data collection associated with investigative research.
It helps you answer key investigative questions like:
- How are models and maps of social reality crucial to the formulation of research problems and questions?
- What are the main phases, challenges, and theories of investigative research?
- How does investigative research compare with other research approaches, like surveys, case studies, grounded theory, and mixed methods?
- How can you control the quality and validity of your investigative research?
With its clear focus on investigative research exploration, description, and explanation, this book gives you the solid building blocks needed to manage and integrate the theoretical and practical issues in your work.
Derek Layder's advocacy of an holistic, context relevant approach to social research which is multifaceted, brings together many traditions of field-based studies in a coherent and imaginative way. His Investigative Research approach offers a framework for real-world explorations that is of value to many social scientists.
Layder convincingly explains that becoming aware of how underlying maps of social reality influence design, analysis and findings is a perquisite for thoroughly reflective research. Moreover, he devises clear strategies for practicing "investigative research” that continuously integrate both data and theory in multidimensional ways. A true advancing of methodological reflection within social science.
Combining adaptive analysis with domain theory, Layder has developed an elaborate approach to investigating today’s social dynamics and complexity. This book provides a precise and reliable compass to doing research that both works and matters.