Doing Research in the Real World
- David E Gray - University of Greenwich, UK
Research Methods & Evaluation (General) | Research Methods (General) | Social Research Methods
From first planning to writing up your research, this complete guide will help you push your project forward.
Walking you through every step you need to take, it helps you build your knowledge of theory and methods and offers straightforward guidance to empower you to make good research decisions and learn best practice.
This fifth edition:
- Draws on over 70 case studies of research in action to demonstrate potential pitfalls – and how to avoid them.
- Adds a new chapter on data management, providing how-to guidance on storing your research data.
- Provides more than 150 activities to help you develop your understanding of key concepts and advance your research methods knowledge.
- Illustrates how research methods skills transfer to the workplace, helping you boost your employability.
Accompanied by online resources including videos, case studies and further reading that bring methods to life, this accessible book is still the definitive research companion for any student doing a research project.
Student Resources (Free to access)
The David Gray Online Library contains a wealth of handpicked tools and resources for every chapter:
- Journal articles and SAGE book chapters to help you delve deeper and support your assignments
- Weblinks to online articles and blog posts to expand your understanding of each topic
- Case studies of real research give you a deeper insight into practice and theory
- Author videos from David Gray introducing each chapter, providing valuable top tips and showcasing best practice
- Weblinks to online videos from YouTube and SAGE Research Methods to improve your understanding of key concepts
- Weblinks that help you develop your employability skills
- Datasets that give you hands-on experience with data analysis
- Templates and checklists to help you keep your project on track
Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)
- A test bank of multiple choice questions, for directed learning or assessment purposes
- PowerPoint slides, featuring figures and tables from the book
- A free resource pack allowing you to upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s virtual learning environment (i.e. Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs
This has to be one of my most often borrowed textbooks that rarely lingers on my shelves! Colleagues, doctoral students and masters students alike will find something of interest here - whether it be used as a reminder of terminology, or a quick introduction to a new field.
This stand-alone research handbook covers the basics, and beyond, of social science research in a detailed and student-friendly manner. Straightforward and sequentially structured, it contains step-by-step explanations of the essentials students need to know about qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques to help them complete projects from start to finish. Very useful handbook for getting undergrads started and helping postgrads stay on track!
This book is a very user-friendly and theoretically robust guide that will prove invaluable to researchers and students alike. I particularly like the breadth and depth with which all dimensions of the research process are addressed and explained.
This textbook is unequivocally one of the best resources any student can own if they are required to do a research project or dissertation. This textbook is accessible to all and each chapter is written in a language that is plain, accurate and challenging in just the right quantities. Every element of the research process is clearly documented and discussed; many different types of research is included.
One of the best books about research design and methods - comprehensive and easy-to-comprehend.
Excellent coverage of research topics, engaging and comprehensive book that is very handy to develop any research activity.
This book will be a useful addition to the reading list for Level 7 students writing a research proposal and Level 8 (PhD) students planning their research.
An in depth appreciation of the research field - which provides plenty of help for prospective researchers/writers. I found this to be rich in detail but also clearly set out - often texts in this type of field follow a very straightforward layout and content but this hits the core of the issue and more. Excellent support content online that is also detailed and is particularly helpful for Instructors. The activities in each chapter are generally strong and would be useful for highlighting/testing progress in general research projects. Some content is not required for our course as this is pitched higher than needed, but generally I will be suggesting this as a resource/title for our Academic Skills course on research projects in 2023.
Really clear book covering the essentials for carrying out educational research. Have updated reading to this version from pervious versions.
This is an outstanding text that allows students to develop their knowledge in a systematic way, reinforcing learning.