Doing Your Social Science Dissertation
- Judith Burnett - University of East London, UK
SAGE Study Skills Series
Essays/Dissertations | Essays/Dissertations (UG)
Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.
Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.
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I especially liked the introductory chapters - so clearly laying out how to design and create a proposal ready for research.
Good for third year students embarking on dissertations, covers theoretical and practical issues
I did not find the chapter on expectations all that useful, and I did not like the chapter on research design. By contrast the chapter on literature reviews is very good. So, we will be dipping in and out of this book.
A good clear book appropriate to undergraduates, and helpful for them in doing dissertations, so it's on the supplemental list for our undergraduate methods course. But it's relatively entry-level and it could push students a bit further - certainly I wouldn't put this as key reading for the MA research methods courses I convene.
This text will be useful for nurse researchers adopting a social science stance.
This will be a useful text for nursing research students adopting a social science research approach.
This is a really useful book for students undertaking their research during their final year. The section on the literature review was really useful.
An excellent guide for students on approaching their dissertations
an excellent resource for students studying research
This is a wonderful book for graduate students who are struggling with the wide variety of conundrums, pitfalls, and uncertainties of qualitative research. It does seem to be aimed primarily at graduate students - for a PhD candidate like myself it seems a bit too generic at times. A lot of time is spent on the transition from life as a student to becoming a PhD candidate. That's fine, but that does mean the book is aimed at a particular audience at a particular time in their academic trajectories. 2 years and 9 months down the line, I personally prefer books with a more direct, no-nonsense approach, such as Dunleavey's excellent 'Authoring a PhD', but this is rather personal. The book's discussions of both quantitative and qualitative methods are rather short, but they do provide sufficient food for thought and bring the beginning PhD candidate up to speed nicely (I think). My students love the fact that this book contains so much valuable information in a compact form, which doesn't shy away from discussing more psychological dimensions of research they sometimes struggle with. A great book in a great series!