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Research Methodology
A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Fourth Edition
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February 2014 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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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.


 
Research: A Way of Thinking
 
The Research Process: A Quick Glance
 
STEP I: FORMULATING A RESEARCH PROBLEM
 
Reviewing the Literature
 
Formulating a Research Problem
 
Identifying Variables
 
Constructing Hypotheses
 
STEP II: CONCEPTUALISING A RESEARCH DESIGN
 
The Research Design
 
Selecting a Study Design
 
STEP III: CONSTRUCTING AN INSTRUMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION
 
Selecting a Method of Data Collection
 
Collecting Data Using Attitudinal Scales
 
Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a Research Instrument
 
STEP IV: SELECTING A SAMPLE
 
Selecting a Sample
 
STEP V: WRITING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
 
Writing a Research Proposal
 
STEP VI: COLLECTING DATA
 
Considering Ethical Issues in Data Collection
 
STEP VII: PROCESSING AND DISPLAYING DATA
 
Processing Data
 
Displaying Data
 
STEP VIII: WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT
 
Writing a Research Report

This edition contains essential information for beginning researchers and it is presented in a clear and coherent way which engages  the reader. The reader is carefully supported through references to research, questions posed and very well thought through examples. This is a publication which is a pleasure to read cover to cover, although it can be dipped into as necessary. Careful and appropriate support is provided to enable a beginning researcher to start research with an appropriate level of confidence.

Dr Liane Purnell
Newman University College

This is a very good book for people who are unfamiliar with the research process. It steps the student through the rationale of doing research in the social sciences and the step by step approach to building up the research capability that masters or early doctoral students will need.  It does not cover some areas of the foundations of research, for example the philosophy behind conducting this type of research and, therefore this would have to be supplemented by other texts.  However, I have added this to our reading list and would recommend it particularly to those who have been out of academia for a while and have not conducted empirical research in the past.

Dr. Claire Collins
Director of the DBA Programme, Subject Area Leader, Leadership & Change
Inspection Copy Feedback

Excellent book, explains research methodology really well, clear and easy to follow. I will be using this book on a number of programmes to develop students understanding of research methodology.

Mark Barnett
Business Management and IT, Weston College

Great comprehensive overview of the topics for this particular course and solid instructional resources and supports provided on the instructor companion site.

Professor Daniel Bowen
Educ Admin Human Resr Dev Dept, Texas A & M Univ-Clg Station
August 15, 2016

I'm still looking for a good, solid coverage of research design and methods without a lot of fluff...like Babbie only briefer.

Dr Stephanie Amedeo-Marquez
BAIS, Northern New Mexico College
February 29, 2016

Very clear and easy to follow. Ideal for the beginner researcher

Mrs Susan Jean Holmes
Department of Work Based Learning, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 15, 2015

Very clear and easy to follow. Ideal for the beginner, just as the title suggests

Mrs Susan Jean Holmes
Department of Work Based Learning, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 23, 2015

An thorough, easy to follow text-book with practical examples for the beginner researcher.

Mrs Roberta Springer-Proverbs
General and Continuing Education, Barbados Community College
October 7, 2015

good complement to the core texts

Dr Sweta Rout-Hoolash
Education, Middlesex University (Mauritius Branch Campus)
September 17, 2015

a useful resource for masters students and especially those thinking of their dissertation

Dr Brian Nyatanga
Allied Health Sciences, University of Worcester
July 15, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Research Methodology - Chapter One: Research: A Way of Thinking


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