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Theory and Methods in Social Research

Second Edition
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January 2011 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This new edition provides a scholarly and readable introduction to all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods, enabling postgraduate and masters-level students and new researchers to reflect on which ones suit their needs and to receive guidance on how to find out more.

With chapters written by experienced research practitioners, this second edition has been extensively expanded and updated. There are seven completely new chapters, as well as:

- new material on literature reviews

- a new introduction to quantitative methods

- an expanded glossary

- Weblinks with free access to a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles

- an annotated bibliography with conversational notes from authors in each chapter.

This book will act as your 'expert friend' throughout your research project, providing advice, explaining key concepts and the implications for your research design, and illustrating these with examples of real research studies.

 
PART ONE: READING, REVIEWING AND REFLECTING
 
Introduction
Bridget Somekh et al
Research in the Social Sciences
Barbara Kamler and Pat Thomson
Working with Literatures
Heather Piper and Helen Simons
Ethical Issues in Generating Public Knowledge
 
PART TWO: LISTENING, EXPLORING THE CASE AND THEORIZING
 
Introduction
Jo Frankham and Christina MacRae
Ethnography
Mary Louise Holly and Herbert Altrichter
Research Diaries
Charlotte Chadderton and Harry Torrance
Case Study
Rosaline SBarbour and John Schostak
Interviewing and Focus Groups
 
PART THREE: ADDRESSING ISSUES OF POWER AND RESEARCHING FOR IMPACT
 
Introduction
Diane Burns and Khatidja Chantler
Feminist Methodologies
Laurence Parker and Lorna Roberts
Critical Race Theory and Its Use in Social Science Research
Gloria Filax et al
Queer Theory / Lesbian and Gay Approaches
Susan Noffke and Bridget Somekh
Action Research
Tineke Abma and Thomas A Schwandt
The Purpose, Practice and Politics of Sponsored Evaluations
 
PART FOUR: OBSERVING, QUERYING, INTERPRETING
 
Introduction
Juliet Corbin and Nicholas L Holt
Grounded Theory
Angie Titchen and Dawn Hobson
Understanding Phenomenology through Reverse Perspectives
Liz Jones and Bridget Somekh
Observation
Alison Lee and Alan Petersen
Discourse Analysis
Colin Lankshear, Kevin M Leander and Michele Knobel
Researching Online Practices
 
PART FIVE: IDENTITY, COMMUNITY AND REPRESENTATION
 
Introduction
Scherto Gill and Ivor Goodson
Life History and Narrative Methods
Diane Mavers and Gunther Kress
Social Semiotics and Multimodal Texts
David Benzie and Bridget Somekh
Communities of Practice
Ines Langemeyer and Morten Nissen
Activity Theory
Jill Blackmore and Hugh Lauder
Researching Policy
 
PART SIX: QUANTITATIVE METHODS: THEORIES AND PERSPECTIVES
 
Introduction
Kelvyn Jones
The Practices of Quantitative Methods
Charles Crook and Dean Garratt
The Positivist Paradigm in Contemporary Social Research: The Interface of Psychology, Method and Sociocultural Theory
Cathy Lewin
Understanding and Describing Quantitative Data
Sally Barnes and Cathy Lewin
Differences and Relationships in Quantitative Data
Kelvyn Jones
An Introduction to Statistical Modelling
 
PART SEVEN: QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN ACTION
 
Introduction
Jennifer C Greene, Holly Kreider and Ellen Mayer
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Social Inquiry
Kelvyn Jones
Random Reflections on Modelling, Geography and Voting
W J Pelgrum
Methodological Issues in International Comparative Assessments of Educational Progress
John Ainley
Evaluating Literacy Advance in the Early Years of School
Brian Doig
Working Backwards: The Road Less Travelled in Quantitative Methodology
 
PART EIGHT: RESEARCHING IN POSTMODERN CONTEXTS
 
Introduction
Erica Burman and Maggie Maclure
Deconstruction
Tony Brown and Daniel Heggs
From Hermeneutics to Post-Structuralism to Psychoanalysis
Lee Miller, Joanne 'Bob' Whalley and Ian Stronach
From Structuralism to Post-Structuralism
Bronwen Davies and Suzanne Gannon
Feminism/Post-Structuralism

This book gives student some key discussion and example of research methods in social research.

Dr Palash Kamruzzaman
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 6, 2012

This is a key text for several research based modules on MA in Learning and Teaching. A wide range of social science research methods are introduced which offers opportunity for researchers to make informed choices when considering methods and methodology. Each chapter presents the material in a logical sequence and format: key concepts are highlighted, the implications for research design are explored and, where applicable, illustrated with 'stories from the field'. In addition the annotated bibliography supports further investigation.

Mrs Sarah Ford
School of Applied Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
October 4, 2012

Recommended for Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. An excellent point of reference for key qualitative and quatitative research methodologies and methods.

Mrs Sarah Ford
School of Applied Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
September 25, 2012

Accessible text for dissertation module particularly.

Mrs Wendy Bannerman
Childhood and Youth, Northampton University
June 8, 2012

A great book, very informative, addressing the current issues and dilemma's that we are facing at this moment. Very helpful. The chapters are rather short: I would have liked more of it.

Mrs Jacqueline Swet
Special Education , Fontys University of Applied Sciences
February 19, 2012

This is a supplemental text for M level students on the MA Early Years course. The content of the book provides students with the range of methodological choices available to them in an accessible yet stimulating format.

Dr Gillian McGillivray
Please select your department, Please select your institution
November 21, 2011

This text was useful for the Research methods module we facilitate on the MA Creative Media course at University of Brighton

Dr Peter Day
School of Arts & Media, Brighton University
October 27, 2011

This is an excellent research theory and methods book for those with an initial grasp of key concepts who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge. The chapters are written in a way that enables one to 'dip into' relevant themes when needed. This will be an essential text on the course for MA level students.

Ms Ceri Daniels
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
October 26, 2011

Situates theory and methods really well.

Dr Stephen Brown
School of Applied Social Sciences, Brighton University
September 28, 2011

A sound text that supports students well within this field of study.

Ms Clare Harris
Department of Education, Gloucestershire University
September 2, 2011

New to the second edition:

  • Seven new chapters
  • New material on literature reviews
  • A new introduction to quantitative methods
  • An expanded glossary
  • Weblinks with free access to a wide range of peer-reviewed journal articles
  • An annotated bibliography with conversational notes from authors in each chapter

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