Doing Research in the Real World: Second Edition

Author(s) : David E. Gray

Doing Research in the Real World: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Sage
  • Published : January 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 624
  • Category :
    Research
  • Catalogue No : 92510
  • ISBN 13 : 9781847873378
  • ISBN 10 : 1847873375
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This fully revised and expanded edition of Doing Research in the Real World introduces readers to all the essential aspects of the research process and will be an essential guide to any student on a research methods course. David Gray's clear and accessible introduction starts by setting out best approaches to the design of appropriate research tools, and leads the reader in to issues of data collection, analysis and writing up. Practically focused throughout, this book encourages the reader to develop an awareness of the real nature of research, and the many means by which data can be collected, validated and interpreted. Gray's book will help students with the full research process and covers: how to select appropriate projects and research questions; how to decide on the most effective research design strategies; how to select and use appropriate data and literature sources; how to choose and implement methods of data collection; and, how to analyse and present data in a coherent and effective manner. This new edition provides five new chapters on: Research Ethics; Searching, Reviewing and Using the Literature; Research Design using Qualitative Methods; Mixed Methods research designs; and, Planning presentations and passing vivas. In addition a wide variety of case studies and activities and new practical 'Top Tips' for the discerning researcher have been incorporated. Written in a lively and accessible way Doing Research in the Real World can be used as a set text on an introductory methods course and can be used as an essential resource for students and researchers completing research projects across the Social Sciences, Education and Business Studies. The book will be accompanied by a companion website, featuring tutor's notes, powerpoint slides, downloadable additional readings and weblinks.

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Doing Research in the Real World provides the clearest and most accessible introduction to research strategies and techniques.

David Gray equips readers with the skills necessary to design and implement their own research project. The book covers all the essential aspects of actually doing research, providing coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods, and dealing with all the main elements of the research process and the design of appropriate research tools.

Practically focused throughout, Doing Research in the Real World encourages the reader to develop an awareness of the real nature of research, and the means by which data can be collected, validated and interpreted.

The book will help the reader to:
- select appropriate projects for research whilst identifying the possibilities and limitations within their own working environment for conducting a research project.
- decide on the most effective research design strategies.
- select and use appropriate data and literature sources.
- select appropriate research methods.
- choose and implement methods of data collection.
- analyze and present data for the maximum impact.
- think critically about the nature and values of the research agenda.

Written in a lively and engaging manner, the book includes a number of student activities and a variety of work related case studies.

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