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How to research / Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes, Malcolm Tight

Main Author Blaxter, Loraine, 1945- Coauthor Hughes, Christina, 1952-
Tight, Malcolm
Country Reino Unido. Edition 2ª ed Publication Buckingham : Open University Press, 2001 Description XIII, 286 p. : il. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-335-20903-3 CDU 001.8
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

How to Research 2nd Edition is about the practice and experience of doing research in the social sciences as well as in related subjects such as education, business studies and health and social care. It is aimed at those, particularly the less experienced, who are involved in small-scale research projects at college or at work. The book is written in an original, accessible and jargon free style using a variety of different forms of presentation to support the researcher. How to Research 2nd Edition offers: * a series of useful exercises to help progress research thinking * a wide range of examples taken from a variety of subject areas * extensive annotated bibliographies for further reading * practical hints for all stages of the research process This new edition has been completely revised with up-to-date bibliographies and has new sections on choosing the appropriate method; internet research; and searching the internet. It will be a core text for undergraduate and postgraduate research methods courses in the social sciences and will also be invaluable for those carrying out research as part of a workplace assignment.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of exercises (p. viii)
  • List of boxes (p. x)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xiv)
  • 1 Thinking about research (p. 1)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • What is research? (p. 2)
  • Why research? (p. 9)
  • What is original? (p. 13)
  • Truth, power and values (p. 14)
  • How to use this book (p. 16)
  • What is different about this edition? (p. 19)
  • Summary (p. 19)
  • Further reading (p. 19)
  • 2 Getting started (p. 21)
  • Introduction (p. 21)
  • Choosing a topic (p. 22)
  • What to do if you can't think of a topic (p. 30)
  • Focusing (p. 34)
  • Finding and choosing your supervisor (p. 43)
  • Individual and group research (p. 46)
  • Keeping your research diary (p. 48)
  • Summary (p. 51)
  • Further reading (p. 51)
  • 3 Thinking about methods (p. 53)
  • Introduction (p. 53)
  • Everyday research skills (p. 54)
  • Which method is best? (p. 59)
  • Families, approaches and techniques (p. 62)
  • Action research (p. 67)
  • Case studies (p. 71)
  • Experiments (p. 74)
  • Surveys (p. 77)
  • Which methods suit? (p. 79)
  • Deciding about methods (p. 85)
  • Summary (p. 86)
  • Further reading (p. 87)
  • 4 Reading for research (p. 97)
  • Introduction (p. 97)
  • Why read? (p. 98)
  • Coping with the research literature (p. 98)
  • Basic reading strategies (p. 100)
  • Using libraries (p. 104)
  • Using the Internet (p. 107)
  • Good enough reading (p. 111)
  • Reading about method as well as subject (p. 117)
  • Recording your reading (p. 119)
  • The literature review (p. 120)
  • Issues in reading (p. 123)
  • Summary (p. 127)
  • Further reading (p. 128)
  • 5 Managing your project (p. 130)
  • Introduction (p. 130)
  • Managing time (p. 131)
  • Mapping your project (p. 133)
  • Piloting (p. 135)
  • Dealing with key figures and institutions (p. 137)
  • Sharing responsibility (p. 142)
  • Using wordprocessors and computers (p. 145)
  • Managing not to get demoralized when things do not go as planned (p. 148)
  • Summary (p. 150)
  • Further reading (p. 151)
  • 6 Collecting data (p. 153)
  • Introduction (p. 153)
  • Access and ethical issues (p. 154)
  • Sampling and selection (p. 161)
  • Applying techniques to data collection (p. 164)
  • Documents (p. 167)
  • Interviews (p. 171)
  • Observations (p. 176)
  • Questionnaires (p. 179)
  • Recording your progress (p. 182)
  • The ups and downs of data collection (p. 185)
  • Summary (p. 188)
  • Further reading (p. 188)
  • 7 Analysing data (p. 192)
  • Introduction (p. 192)
  • The shape of your data (p. 193)
  • The nature of data (p. 196)
  • Managing your data (p. 202)
  • Computer-based analysis (p. 203)
  • The process of analysis (p. 205)
  • Analysing documents (p. 207)
  • Analysing interviews (p. 210)
  • Analysing observations (p. 212)
  • Analysing questionnaires (p. 215)
  • Interpretation (p. 218)
  • Summary (p. 222)
  • Further reading (p. 222)
  • 8 Writing up (p. 227)
  • Introduction (p. 227)
  • Drafting and redrafting (p. 228)
  • How to argue (p. 234)
  • How to criticize (p. 238)
  • Whom am I writing for? (p. 240)
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling (p. 246)
  • Using tables, diagrams and other illustrations (p. 247)
  • Panics (p. 247)
  • Summary (p. 250)
  • Further reading (p. 251)
  • 9 Finishing off (p. 253)
  • Introduction (p. 253)
  • Planning to finish? (p. 254)
  • The penultimate and final drafts (p. 255)
  • Added extras (p. 258)
  • The process of assessment (p. 261)
  • What do I do now? (p. 267)
  • Summary (p. 269)
  • Further reading (p. 270)
  • References (p. 277)
  • Index (p. 284)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr Loraine Blaxter is a Lecturer in Continuing Education at the University of Warwick
Dr Christina Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Warwick
Professor Malcolm Tight works in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Warwick

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