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It is a great delight that Gary Thomas has now updated this book for its third edition. Of the many books that seek to support students in undertaking their projects, this is the most accessible and clearest, whilst maintaining the highest standards of scholarly rigour - and it is also the funniest! Thomas really does show how undertaking research in education and social sciences can be a real pleasure.
This book is in my view the best around on doing educational and social science research. It is refreshingly different from other research methods books; it is very readable, engaging and accessible for those without a social science background--rigorous and scholarly and full of helpful advice and guidance, and the updated interactive website is a real bonus. A joy to engage with, and I recommend it highly.
Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion. With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree and has taken the distance out of distance learning. It replaces daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement.
This excellent resource builds on the many strengths of previous editions and is accessible, comprehensive and extremely practical. Offering fresh information and useful advice and guidance, it demystifies the world of research. Highly recommended for new and experienced researchers alike!
I use this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students projects, but even seasoned researchers can find some useful tips in this book. Gary Thomas demystifies research and makes its various components easy to understand. From identifying the research topic, through practical advice on writing the literature review, choosing the right design, analysing data and writing up the research report – the book makes research easy. The students like the textbook because the concepts are presented in accessible way and with some dose of humour.
This is an excellent text book. We have made it the prescribed text for two of these research units.
This new edition is even better than the old one! The text is highly accessible and an excellent tool for students in education to successfully complete their dissertation project. The online student and teacher resources are very useful both for independent study, teaching and in-class activities.
Well written and easy to read. This book presents complex processes in a way that is easy for students to understand and follow.
An informative and very helpful introduction to all aspects of research.
A very informative research textbook which is particularly useful and appropriate for final year dissertation students. The pullout roadmap provides an excellent plan for anyone about to write a piece of research.
There's not many research texts I've read cover-to-cover several times, yet this text never fails to retain interest, from the ease of understanding research methods as eloquently as Gary does, to the fun and excitement it inspires; my students agree! Highly recommend
The author has successfully reduced the complexity of a research process to a few simple steps and it becomes easy for learners at any academic levels to know about research. This book will benefit individuals who are new to research, that they will be encouraged to take their first step towards conducting a research.
This is a very easy book to read and is popular with our students