Social Research Methods
- Nicholas Walliman - Oxford Brookes University, UK
Nicholas Walliman is the supervisor in your students' pockets, making sure they understand all the essential methods for successfully carrying out a research project and negotiating the challenges and pitfalls. In this book, he:
· Takes students step-by-step through the research process
· Helps them formulate clear aims and objectives
· Explains all the vocabulary to understand the A – Z of research methods
· Ends each chapter with a reading guide for taking learning further with more resources to help get a deeper understanding of the issues discussed
· Improves research reports with practical advice on presenting findings in great tables, graphs and diagrams
· Opens his office door with reflective questions (and answers)
· Delivers the confidence to get started and get finished!
Social Research Methods: The Essentials is the perfect starting point and guide for your students' research project.
This text takes a well-balanced view of research in the social sciences and gives the reader a basic theoretical grounding and structure on which to develop their understanding of research and support their practices. The theory and methods discussed in this edition would be of interest to a wide range of disciplines where research considers the thoughts, feelings and actions of people.
Useful text to accompany any research project in social work
Excellent first introduction to Social Research methods. Clearly laid out with in sections with highlights where necessary. The additional reading at the end of every chapter is valuable. May be more to add on the use of web sourced data.
A great, reasonably priced book, which covers a wide array of research method topics. Helps the reader to understand research methods and also how to structure and present a research project. Would recommend to any student who is wanting to succeed within this specific topic/module area.
This book provides a clear overview of social research and can help students find their way through the many methods. I have recommended the library buys copies.
The title does not do this book justice, as it not only covers research methods but the whole research process – from the foundations of research philosophy through writing a proposal and research questions. A well written and insightful book with clear explanations of terms and a pragmatic approach, which makes it a useful companion, which new researchers are likely to return to again and again.
Clear, concise writing and easy to navigate. Illustrative diagrams simplify and support narrative. Additional references enables further exploration of the subject matter.
Social Research Methods is an informative text that take students through the stages of conducting a research project in an accessible and engaging manner
I found the structure of this book very helpful and would recommend it to students as a text that they can dip into. My students do an action research project so will need to read more widely on this particular approach, but I think that they would find the sections on theory and the clear explanations of terminology throughout the book very useful. I would especially suggest it to those students for whom this module is a first attempt at research.
My students used this in developing their own small scale research projects. They felt it was highly accessible and practical.