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How to do your research project : a guide for students / Gary Thomas.

By: Thomas, Gary [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Los Angeles : SAGE, 2017Edition: 3rd edition.Description: xv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1473948878 (paperback) ; 9781473948877 (paperback) .Subject(s): Education -- Research -- Methodology | Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology | Social sciences -- ResearchDDC classification: 300.72
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How to Do Your Research Project continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences. The new Third Edition of this best-selling title now includes further advice on concluding, writing, and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding how to effectively work with supervisors. Setting out a clear and detailed road map, author Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps, and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms. Readers will learn: How to choose your research question Project management and study skills Effective literature reviews Methodology, theory, and research design frames Ethics and access Data collection tools Effective data analysis Discussing findings, concluding, and writing up Available with Perusall--an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.

Previous edition published 2013.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • About the author (p. xi)
  • Preface (p. xiii)
  • Acknowledgements (p. xvii)
  • About the companion website (p. xix)
  • How to use this book (p. xxi)
  • 1 Starting Points: Your Introduction (p. 1)
  • Question: Where do I begin? Answer: Begin at the beginning, with an introduction (p. 2)
  • Who cares? What is the point of this research? (p. 3)
  • Thinking of a research idea (p. 6)
  • Purposes of research (p. 6)
  • Moving on to research questions (p. 7)
  • Kinds of question - and some nutshell-sized studies and their implications (p. 10)
  • Does your question demand a descriptive or an explanatory answer? (p. 15)
  • A research question - or a hypothesis? (p. 16)
  • Coming up with a question (p. 16)
  • Is it feasible? Problems with research questions (p. 17)
  • Prima facie questions (p. 18)
  • Kinds of evidence and kinds of answer (p. 20)
  • A title (p. 23)
  • What research is - and what it isn't (p. 24)
  • Overview (p. 24)
  • Further reading (p. 25)
  • Checklist (p. 26)
  • 2 Preparing: Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance (p. 27)
  • Understanding the structure of your dissertation or thesis (p. 28)
  • Drawing a timeline (p. 30)
  • Just look at those fingernails! Time management (p. 32)
  • Stresses in doing research (p. 34)
  • Working with your supervisor (p. 35)
  • The importance of being ethical (p. 36)
  • Getting clearance - ethical review (p. 40)
  • What to think about in considering ethics (p. 44)
  • Access (p. 51)
  • Overview (p. 53)
  • Further reading (p. 53)
  • Checklist (p. 55)
  • 3 The Literature Review (p. 57)
  • Primary and secondary sources (p. 58)
  • Quality of sources (p. 62)
  • Your literature review should tell a story - it should not be a list (p. 62)
  • Making it a story (p. 64)
  • Speed reading and taking notes (p. 66)
  • Critical awareness: be your own Jeremy Paxman (p. 68)
  • Click on 'Search': finding information (p. 70)
  • Reference managers (p. 80)
  • Hints on searching - separating the wheat from the chaff (p. 80)
  • Understanding how sources are cited - the Harvard referencing system (p. 83)
  • Taking notes and quotes (p. 85)
  • Overview (p. 87)
  • Further reading (p. 87)
  • Checklist (p. 89)
  • 4 Decide On Your Question - Again (p. 91)
  • Seeing the wood for the trees (p. 92)
  • From storyboard to storyline (p. 92)
  • Your final question (p. 97)
  • Theory (p. 97)
  • Overview (p. 100)
  • Further reading (p. 101)
  • Checklist (p. 102)
  • 5 Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach (p. 103)
  • Research design (p. 104)
  • Research approach (p. 105)
  • Frameworks for thinking about the social world - paradigms (p. 106)
  • Paradigms and research approach (p. 113)
  • From purposes, to questions, to approaches, to data gathering (p. 128)
  • Overview (p. 133)
  • Further reading (p. 134)
  • Checklist (p. 136)
  • 6 Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame (p. 137)
  • What is research design? (p. 138)
  • Some general issues in design (p. 140)
  • Sampling (p. 141)
  • Variables (p. 144)
  • Reliability (p. 144)
  • Validity (p. 145)
  • Experimenter effects (p. 148)
  • Generalisation and generalisability (p. 150)
  • Positionality (p. 152)
  • Triangulation (p. 152)
  • The design frames (p. 154)
  • Action research (p. 154)
  • Case study (p. 156)
  • Ethnography (p. 163)
  • Ethnomethodology (p. 166)
  • Evaluation (p. 168)
  • Experiment (p. 169)
  • Longitudinal and cross-sectional studies - and surveys (p. 176)
  • Comparative study (p. 183)
  • No design frame (p. 186)
  • Can I mix design frames and methods? (p. 188)
  • Postmodernism (p. 189)
  • How to structure and write your methodology chapter (p. 192)
  • Overview (p. 192)
  • Further reading (p. 194)
  • Checklist (p. 197)
  • 7 The Right Tools for the Job: Data Gathering (p. 199)
  • Tools and methods (p. 200)
  • Be creative (p. 201)
  • Data-gathering tools - mainly for use with words (p. 202)
  • Interviews (p. 202)
  • Accounts (p. 208)
  • Diaries (p. 208)
  • Group interviews and focus groups (p. 212)
  • Document interrogation (p. 214)
  • Using social media to gather data and to collaborate with other researchers and participants (p. 216)
  • Data-gathering tools - for use with words and/or numbers (p. 217)
  • Questionnaires (p. 217)
  • Observation (p. 226)
  • Gathering image-based data (p. 232)
  • Data-gathering tools - mainly for use with numbers (p. 233)
  • Measurements and tests (p. 234)
  • Official statistics (p. 235)
  • Overview (p. 238)
  • Further reading (p. 238)
  • Checklist (p. 241)
  • 8 How to Analyse and the Information You Gather (p. 243)
  • Analysing words (p. 244)
  • Coding and constant comparative method (p. 244)
  • Network analysis (p. 245)
  • Construct mapping and theme mapping (p. 246)
  • Grounded theory (p. 248)
  • Thick description (p. 250)
  • Discourse and content analysis (p. 251)
  • Computers and verbal data analysis (p. 252)
  • Sociograms (p. 254)
  • In-betweenies: words to numbers and developing a coding frame (p. 257)
  • Analysing numbers (p. 258)
  • Kinds of numbers (p. 259)
  • Eyeballing (p. 260)
  • Using Excel to do your data analysis (p. 260)
  • Statistics that describe (p. 260)
  • Statistics that help you understand a relationship between two variables (p. 266)
  • Statistics that help you to deduce (or inter) (p. 268)
  • Discussing your analysis (p. 281)
  • Organising your discussion - alongside or after the analysis? (p. 282)
  • Synthesis vs analysis (p. 284)
  • Drawing out 'theory' (p. 286)
  • Overview (p. 290)
  • Further reading (p. 291)
  • Checklist (p. 293)
  • 9 Concluding and Writing Up (p. 295)
  • Writing a conclusion (p. 296)
  • Writing up (p. 298)
  • Writing an abstract and finalising the title (p. 299)
  • The final shape (p. 300)
  • General points about writing and presentation (p. 302)
  • Communicating your findings (p. 302)
  • The 'territory' of your writing (p. 302)
  • Finding your voice (p. 302)
  • Writers' guidance for writers (p. 304)
  • Non-sexist and non-discriminatory writing (p. 306)
  • Presentation (p. 306)
  • Other points (p. 307)
  • Coda (p. 308)
  • Further reading (p. 308)
  • Checklist (p. 310)
  • Appendix: Critical values for chi-square (p. 311)
  • Glossary (p. 313)
  • References (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 333)

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