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This text takes a well-balanced view of research in the social sciences and gives the reader a basic theoretical grounding and structure on which to develop their understanding of research and support their practices. The theory and methods discussed in this edition would be of interest to a wide range of disciplines where research considers the thoughts, feelings and actions of people.
Useful text to accompany any research project in social work
Excellent first introduction to Social Research methods. Clearly laid out with in sections with highlights where necessary. The additional reading at the end of every chapter is valuable. May be more to add on the use of web sourced data.
A great, reasonably priced book, which covers a wide array of research method topics. Helps the reader to understand research methods and also how to structure and present a research project. Would recommend to any student who is wanting to succeed within this specific topic/module area.
This book provides a clear overview of social research and can help students find their way through the many methods. I have recommended the library buys copies.
The title does not do this book justice, as it not only covers research methods but the whole research process – from the foundations of research philosophy through writing a proposal and research questions. A well written and insightful book with clear explanations of terms and a pragmatic approach, which makes it a useful companion, which new researchers are likely to return to again and again.
Clear, concise writing and easy to navigate. Illustrative diagrams simplify and support narrative. Additional references enables further exploration of the subject matter.
Social Research Methods is an informative text that take students through the stages of conducting a research project in an accessible and engaging manner
I found the structure of this book very helpful and would recommend it to students as a text that they can dip into. My students do an action research project so will need to read more widely on this particular approach, but I think that they would find the sections on theory and the clear explanations of terminology throughout the book very useful. I would especially suggest it to those students for whom this module is a first attempt at research.
My students used this in developing their own small scale research projects. They felt it was highly accessible and practical.
An essential book that gives a valuable overview of today's approaches to empirical research. Was very helpfull in my courses and helped learners a lot
This excellent text has been on our Level 7 practitioner inquiry module and the new edition enhances its classic status.
provides a wider perspective and frame for undergraduate students conducting their first research projects. The text offers clear and concise direction to what can be a difficult field for undergraduate students
Very useful for Access to Social Science students at PACA Adult Learning
A well-structured, intellectually-stimulating and student-focussed guide-book to a wide range of approaches and methods in social sciences and humanities. I found this textbook particularly helpful when teaching/supervising large groups of students with diverse interests. The text is expertly written and offers academically tested solutions/advice (as well as the clever Dos and Don'ts and the reflective questions) that can be used both in class and as individual tasks leading to further discussion.
I have decided that this will only be supplemental because it is quite specific to a certain angle of research and not all my students will find it useful - it depends on their research project and ideas. However, I do think it provides lots of detail and gives lots of ideas.
A great introduction to research in the social sciences.