1st Edition

Understanding and Doing Successful Research Data Collection and Analysis for the Social Sciences

By Shaun Best Copyright 2012
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    Research Methods is an essential guide to carrying out a research project. Each of the focused chapters introduces and explains an aspect of social research to readers who may have no experience or knowledge of this subject. The emphasis is on ‘how to do’ various different methods, how to decide which is the most appropriate, and how to analyse the data. The book also includes examples of good practice from a range of social science disciplines.

    Chapter 1: Getting Started
    Chapter 2: The Ethics of Social Research
    Chapter 3: Searching and reviewing the literature
    Chapter 4: Secondary Analysis - research using other people’s data  
    Chapter 5: Interviews
    Chapter 6: The Case Study
    Chapter 7: Ethnographic Approaches
    Chapter 8: Observation, Participant Observation and Observational Inference
    Chapter 9: Biographical and Auto-Biographical Research
    Chapter 10: Documentary and Narrative Analysis
    Chapter 11: Measurement and Statistical Inference
    Chapter 12: What is a sample survey?
    Chapter 13: Mixed Methods Research
    Chapter 14: Evaluation Research and Experiments
    Chapter 15: Successfully completing the project


    Shaun Best