The Researcher's Toolkit is a practical rather than an academic text for all those undertaking, perhaps for the first time, small-scale research. Written by an experienced team of practising researchers, it covers the entire research process - from designing and submitting a research proposal through to its completion. This book is suitable for all researchers, but is particularly designed for those practitioner-based researchers from the fields of education, social work, nursing, criminal justice and community work.
This fresh new idea for those conducting small-scale research comes from a team of practising researchers who possess a broad range of experiences and knowledge of research design, execution and completion. They write in a user-friendly style that those researchers new to the subject will find easy to follow and understand. It will act both as a roadmap to planning, execution and completing research and also as a dip-inreference guide. Using features such as activity boxes to highlight key concepts and short summary boxes to indicate fundamental elements of the research area under discussion, this accessible book will be of great value to all who read it.
'The Researcher's Toolkit provides the start-up information needed for those new to research … It provides a sound building block from which researchers will be able to move more confidently forward and hone their research skills be they an undergraduate or postgraduate, or needing to address a research project approach whilst in employment.' -Education and Training
1. Issues in Research 2. Planning the Research 3. Reviewing the Literature 4. Research Instruments 5. Finding and Locating Information 6. Analysing Data 7. Completing the Research Project 8. Research in Schools: Case Studies Based on Research Projects