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Getting the Most Out of the Research Experience
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Getting the Most Out of the Research Experience
What Every Researcher Needs to Know

  • Brian Roberts - Professor in Biographical and Community Research, University of Glamorgan


March 2007 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The book gives a comprehensive overview of what research and the research experience encompass....This book makes an interesting read for everyone who has carried out qualitative research or is planning to do so in the future. It is well-written, and very clearly structured' - Social Research Association

While each research situation is different and no book can fully prepare the researcher for what they experience - this book provides a guide to what may be expected. Brian Roberts takes the researcher through the research process, answering the practical and subjective questions anyone will face:

- entering the field and finding the right research topic

- emotional and identity issues of research

- overcoming writing and research 'blocks'

- getting your research into reports, articles and books

- reactions to research and how to handle experiences of rejection

- and the questions every researcher should ask: What do I get from research, and what next?

Loaded with advice on everything from organizing interpretations to coping with stress, this book is a must-read for students of all levels across the social sciences who are about to enter the research field.

 
PART ONE: THE RESEARCHER
 
The Conduct of Research
 
What is Research?
 
What is a 'Researcher'?
 
Images of Sociology and the Sociologist
 
Research Roles and Researcher Characteristics
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH STYLES, ROLES AND CONTEXTS
 
Styles of Research - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Experience
 
The Status and Stance of Styles of Research
 
How important is being a researcher to you?
 
Where do research topics come from?
 
Networking - research as market/research as friendship
 
The Search for Funds
 
Research Relations in Different Social Settings
 
Competing Research Roles
 
PART THREE: THE 'EMOTIONAL' ASPECTS OF RESEARCH
 
Research and 'Emotional Labour'
 
'Reflexivity' and the Research Experience
 
Everyday Life Skills in Research
 
Experiential Distraction
 
Working with Others in Research
 
Subjective Support
 
Overcoming Isolation
 
Dealing with Anxiety and Stress
 
PART FOUR: ENTERING THE RESEARCH - THE PRESENTATION OF THE RESEARCHER'S SELF
 
The Researcher's Self in Research
 
Sociological Imagination and Research Practice
 
Early Days in Research
 
Reasons to Research
 
The PhD Experience
 
Research 'Hold-ups'
 
PART FIVE:INTERPRETATION IN RESEARCH
 
The Researcher-as-Interpreter/Theorist
 
The Research Diary
 
Data, and yet More Data
 
Organising Interpretations and New Ideas
 
PART SIX: WRITING RESEARCH
 
Academic Writing as a Genre
 
New Writing Practices and Representation
 
Writing and Relations with Others
 
Research Autobiographies and Auto/ethnography.
 
The Researcher Account and 'Confessions'
 
'Writing Up' Research
 
Writing Blockages
 
Writing for an Audience
 
PART SEVEN:DISSEMINATION
 
What is 'Research Dissemination'?
 
Dissemination and Audience Issues
 
The Doctoral Thesis
 
The Research Report and Briefing
 
The Conference Paper
 
Articles in Books and Journals
 
Books - Proposals and Publishers
 
The Internet
 
Research and Teaching - the use of research in the classroom
 
PART EIGHT:REACTION TO RESEARCH
 
Reactions to Research Dissemination
 
'Self' and Audience Reactions to Research
 
Feedback on Journal and Article Submission
 
PART NINE: WHAT NEXT IN MY RESEARCH?
 
End of the 'Adventure' - what next?
 
Academic Labour and its Organisation
 
Professional and Personal Identities in the Conduct of Research
 
Rewriting the CV
 
The Researcher's Life/Life as Research Career - in Academia?
 
PART TEN: CONCLUSION - THE RESEARCHER'S EXPERIENCE OF RESEARCH
 
Researcher Experience in Research
 
Researcher Experience and the Emotions
 
Researcher Insights and Reflections
 
Orientations to the Researched Revisited

"Roberts offers an easy-to-read introduction to managing both the research process and the emotional challenges often associated with it."  —CHOICE

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"Roberts offers an easy-to-read introduction to managing both the research process and the emotional challenges often associated with it. With its holistic approach and attention to almost of all aspects of the research process, this work (despite some deficiencies) should benefit beginning researchers. Summing up: Recommended."

R.V. Labaree
University of Southern California

Limited use prevents adoption

Mrs Jo Conlon
Design, Huddersfield University
November 27, 2013

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