Introduction to research methods : a practical guide for anyone undertaking a research project / Dr Catherine Dawson.

by Dawson, Catherine [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Robinson, 2019.Edition: Fifth edition; Revised and updated edition.Description: xii, 146 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781408711057.Other title: Practical guide to research methods.Subject(s): Research -- MethodologyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.Previous edition: Oxford : How To Books, 2009.Title from cover.
Item type Home library Collection Class number Status Date due Barcode Item reservations
Long loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 10/12/2021 54205875
Long loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54205876
Short loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 06/12/2021 54205877
Short loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54205878
Short loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54196558
Short loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 06/12/2021 54196559
Long loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 10/12/2021 54196556
Long loan London College of Communication
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 10/01/2022 54196557
Reference London College of Communication
Reference
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Library use only 54196555
Long loan London College of Fashion
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54316435
Long loan London College of Fashion
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54255181
Long loan London College of Fashion
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54289667
Long loan London College of Fashion
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 54254514
Short loan London College of Fashion
Main collection
Printed books 001.42 DAW (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Issued 06/12/2021 54254515
Total reservations: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Introduction to Research Methods contains everything from developing an initial idea into a proposal, through to analysing data and reporting results. Whether you have to undertake a project as part of your coursework, or as part of your employment, or simply because you are fascinated by something you have observed and want to find out more, this book offers you advice on how to turn your ideas into a workable project. Specifically it will show you how to:

*Choose your research methods
*Choose your participants
*Prepare a research proposal
*Construct questionnaires
*Conduct interviews and focus groups
*Analyse your data
*Report your findings
*Be an ethical researcher

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Previous edition: Oxford : How To Books, 2009.

Title from cover.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. xi)
  • 1 How to Define Your Project (p. 1)
  • Asking questions (p. 1)
  • Thinking about your project (p. 3)
  • Understanding the five 'Ws' (p. 4)
  • Summarising your research (p. 7)
  • Summary (p. 10)
  • Useful websites (p. 11)
  • 2 How to Decide Upon a Methodology (p. 12)
  • Recognising qualitative and quantitative research (p. 12)
  • Understanding the methodological debate (p. 13)
  • Choosing a methodology (p. 13)
  • Summary (p. 19)
  • Further reading (p. 19)
  • 3 How to Choose Your Research Methods (p. 22)
  • Using interviews (p. 22)
  • Conducting focus groups (p. 24)
  • Using questionnaires (p. 25)
  • Undertaking participant observation (p. 26)
  • Conducting experiments (p. 27)
  • Choosing your methods (p. 28)
  • Summary (p. 31)
  • Further reading (p. 32)
  • 4 How to Conduct Background Research (p. 33)
  • Conducting primary and secondary research (p. 33)
  • Using websites (p. 34)
  • Using interlibrary loans (p. 36)
  • Keeping records (p. 36)
  • Summary (p. 38)
  • Further reading (p. 38)
  • 5 How to Choose Your Participants (p. 39)
  • Understanding sampling techniques (p. 39)
  • Choosing your sample size (p. 44)
  • Summary (p. 45)
  • Further reading (p. 45)
  • 6 How to Prepare a Research Proposal (p. 46)
  • Understanding the format (p. 46)
  • The contents of a proposal (p. 46)
  • What makes a good proposal? (p. 51)
  • Reasons why research proposals fail (p. 52)
  • Summary (p. 53)
  • Further reading (p. 53)
  • 7 How to Conduct Interviews (p. 54)
  • Methods of recording (p. 54)
  • Developing an interview schedule (p. 57)
  • Establishing rapport (p. 59)
  • Asking questions and probing for information (p. 60)
  • Completing the interview (p. 62)
  • Summary (p. 62)
  • Further reading (p. 64)
  • 8 How to Conduct Focus Groups (p. 65)
  • The role of the moderator (p. 65)
  • Recording equipment (p. 67)
  • Choosing a venue (p. 69)
  • Recruiting your participants (p. 70)
  • Summary (p. 71)
  • Further reading (p. 73)
  • 9 How to Construct Questionnaires (p. 74)
  • Deciding which questionnaire to use (p. 74)
  • Wording and structure of questions (p. 76)
  • Length and ordering of questions (p. 80)
  • Piloting the questionnaire (p. 81)
  • Obtaining a high response (p. 83)
  • Summary (p. 85)
  • Further reading (p. 86)
  • 10 How to Carry Out Participant Observation (p. 87)
  • Places of study (p. 87)
  • Gaining access (p. 88)
  • Acting ethically (p. 88)
  • Collecting and analysing information (p. 90)
  • Withdrawing from the field (p. 91)
  • Summary (p. 92)
  • Further reading (p. 93)
  • 11 How to Conduct Experiments (p. 94)
  • Understanding the scientific method (p. 94)
  • Developing and running experiments (p. 95)
  • Avoiding mistakes in experiments (p. 96)
  • Ensuring validity and reliability (p. 96)
  • Experimenting ethically (p. 98)
  • Summary (p. 99)
  • Further reading (p. 100)
  • 12 How to Analyse Your Data (p. 101)
  • Deciding which approach to use (p. 101)
  • Analysing qualitative data (p. 102)
  • Analysing quantitative data (p. 109)
  • Measuring data (p. 113)
  • Summary (p. 115)
  • Further reading (p. 116)
  • 13 How to Report Your Findings (p. 117)
  • Writing reports (p. 117)
  • Structuring reports (p. 119)
  • Writing journal articles (p. 124)
  • Producing oral presentations (p. 125)
  • Summary (p. 127)
  • Further reading (p. 128)
  • 14 How to be an Ethical Researcher (p. 129)
  • Treating participants with respect (p. 129)
  • Recognising overt and covert research (p. 130)
  • Producing a code of ethics (p. 132)
  • Summary (p. 134)
  • Further reading (p. 136)
  • Useful addresses (p. 137)
  • Index (p. 143)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr Catherine Dawson has worked as a researcher since the 1980s and has taught on research methods courses at university. She has also written extensively for academic journals on a wide range of subjects including research methodology. In this book she explains complicated issues in a way that can be understood by anyone who is interested in applying research methods to their field.

Footer