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How to Do Your Research Project
A Guide for Students

Third Edition


© 2017 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd


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'Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion.
With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree; taking the distance out of distance learning. Replace daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement' - Ellie Davies Moore, distance learner in Multi-Sensory Impairment at the University of Birmingham 


With more advice on concluding, writing up and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding what supervisors want and how to work with them, the third edition of this bestselling title continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences.

Setting out a clear and detailed road map, Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms.

It covers:

-          How to choose your research question

-          Project management and study skills

-          Effective literature reviews

-          Methodology, theory and research design frames

-          Ethics and access

-          Data collection tools

-          Effective data analysis

-          Discussing findings, concluding and writing up

Packed with engaging anecdotal evidence and practical advice and supported by an interactive website featuring worksheets, videos, SAGE Journal articles and more, this new edition is a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for guidance on research principles. 

 
 
Starting Points: Your Introduction
 
Preparing: Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance
 
The Literature Review
 
Decide on Your Question - Again
 
Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach
 
Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame
 
The Right Tools for the Job: Data Gathering
 
How to Analyse and Discuss the Information You Gather
 
Concluding and Writing Up

Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion. With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree and has taken the distance out of distance learning. It replaces daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement. 

Ellie Davies Moore
distance learner in Multi-Sensory Impairment at the University of Birmingham

This book is in my view the best around on doing educational and social science research. It is refreshingly different from other research methods books; it is very readable, engaging and accessible for those without a social science background--rigorous and scholarly and full of helpful advice and guidance, and the updated interactive website is a real bonus. A joy to engage with, and I recommend it highly. 

Peter Earley
Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University College London Institute of Education

It is a great delight that Gary Thomas has now updated this book for its third edition. Of the many books that seek to support students in undertaking their projects, this is the most accessible and clearest, whilst maintaining the highest standards of scholarly rigour - and it is also the funniest!  Thomas really does show how undertaking research in education and social sciences can be a real pleasure.

Ian Menter
Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education, University of Oxford

This excellent resource builds on the many strengths of previous editions and is accessible, comprehensive and extremely practical.  Offering fresh information and useful advice and guidance, it demystifies the world of research. Highly recommended for new and experienced researchers alike! 

John Lalor
Department of Policy and Practice, Dublin City University

I use this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students projects, but even seasoned researchers can find some useful tips in this book.  Gary Thomas demystifies research and makes its various components easy to understand.  From identifying the research topic, through practical advice on writing the literature review, choosing the right design, analysing data and writing up the research report – the book makes research easy.  The students like the textbook because the concepts are presented in accessible way and with some dose of humour.

Anna Oksiutycz
Strategic Communication, University of Johannesburg

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