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Principles of Methodology
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Principles of Methodology
Research Design in Social Science



November 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What is methodology? How should one design a research project? What is the relationship between theory and method in social research? What do students and new researchers need to know in order to plan and conduct high quality research for themselves?

In this intelligent and accessible book, Perri 6 and Chris Bellamy explore the relationship between the philosophical principles of the social sciences and the methods at our disposal to study the social world. They examine how we can design achievable and valid research projects by looking closely at the choices that all researchers and students face when designing a research project.

Much of the existing literature glosses over the often difficult inter-relationship between practical research design and the theoretical underpinnings of methodology. However, this text addresses such issues head on, and in the process helps the reader to better understand each stage of the research process.

Coverage includes:

" How do we ask valid research questions?

" How do we develop a research design to best answer our questions?

" What is the difference between 'methodology' and 'methods'?

" How do we formulate research concepts?

" How do we select and access a sample?

" What is the difference between qualitative and quantitative approaches?

" How do we handle our data?

This book is essential reading for any student or new researcher on a research methods course and who is faced with the prospect of understanding the research process for themselves or designing their own research project.


 
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS: WHAT METHODOLOGY IS AND DOES
 
Inference and Warrant in Designing Research
 
Methodology and Social Science Knowledge
 
Testing, Confirming and Falsifying
 
Perspectives on Findings from Social Research
 
PART TWO: DESIGNS: THE MAIN TYPES OF RESEARCH DESIGN
 
Types of Research Design
 
Variable-Oriented Research Designs
 
Case-Based Research Designs
 
Comparative and Case-Oriented Research Designs
 
Concept Formation
 
PART THREE: ACHIEVEMENTS: WHAT RESEARCH MAKES INFERENCES TO
 
Why Ideas about Explanation Matter for Methodology
 
Basic Forms of Explanation
 
Mechanisms, Contexts and Trajectories
 
Warranting Explanations
 
Between-Case and within-Case Strategies
 
Interpretation
 
Warranting Interpretations
 
PART FOUR: SYNTHESIS: COMBINATIONS AND TRADE-OFFS
 
Combining Research Designs
 
Trade-offs in Research Design

this is a very good reference book, informative and written in an accessible style. Recommended for any student wishing to develop a general grounding in the principles of methodology to inform their own research

Ms Christine Smith
Social Science , university college of mark st and st john
April 3, 2013

The author of this book writes in a clear and concise way. Making distinct terminology used within research methodology understandable to students or researchers at all levels. The book also helpfully guides the reader through each stage of the research process from choosing the most appropriate design, data collection and on to interpreting data. It also includes a number of useful exercises, that help the reader to consider appropriate methods to use in real research situations.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 11, 2012

A good supplementary text for research students, to ensure a good understanding of the methodologies used in their research programmes. I like the two levels of reading list - basic and advanced, providing guidance to a range of readers.

Mrs Victoria Haines
Design School, Loughborough University
December 11, 2012

This is a readable, detailed methodology text with useful examples and supporting literature at both basic and advanced levels, which is helpful. Itsa probably too detailed for most of my undergraduate dissertation students, but provides a good background to some of the more inquisitive students.

Mrs Victoria Haines
Design School, Loughborough University
December 11, 2012

This book is more advanced than I had hoped for

Dr Val Mitchell
Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University
November 11, 2012

A very useful text which clearly explains the principles of research methodology.

Mrs Karen Hatch
SCHOOL OF HEALTH, Northampton University
October 31, 2012

Friendly and no-nonsense approach to methodology, I think student will really benefit from it.

Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos
School of Psychology, Aberdeen University
October 9, 2012

A good book on a central subject

Mr Jean-Charles Languilaire
Department of Urban Studies, Malmo University
September 16, 2012

Probably one of the best available texts that combines an introduction to research methods with a presentation of several research designs. Highly recommended book to anybody willing to conduct a research in social sciences.

Mrs Beata Kviatek - Simanska
School of Communication & Media, Hanze University
August 15, 2012

This was a very useful book for first year students ont the level 8 course and it describes reserach design in an assessible easy to grasp way.

Ms Colletta Dalikeni
Humanities, Dundalk
January 8, 2012

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