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Social Research Methods

Social Research Methods
The Essentials

Second Edition

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Social Research Methods

December 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Nicholas Walliman is the supervisor in your students' pockets, making sure they understand all the essential methods for successfully carrying out a research project and negotiating the challenges and pitfalls. In this book, he:

· Takes students step-by-step through the research process

· Helps them formulate clear aims and objectives

· Explains all the vocabulary to understand the A – Z of research methods

· Ends each chapter with a reading guide for taking learning further with more resources to help get a deeper understanding of the issues discussed

· Improves research reports with practical advice on presenting findings in great tables, graphs and diagrams

· Opens his office door with reflective questions (and answers)

· Delivers the confidence to get started and get finished!

 Social Research Methods: The Essentials is the perfect starting point and guide for your students' research project.

Chapter 1: Theoretical background
Chapter 2: Research basics
Chapter 3: Research strategies and design
Chapter 4: The nature of data
Chapter 5: Doing a literature review
Chapter 6: Defining the research problem
Chapter 7: Ethics
Chapter 8: Writing a research proposal
Chapter 9: Sampling
Chapter 10: Data collection methods
Chapter 11: Quantitative data analysis
Chapter 12: Qualitative data analysis
Chapter 13: Presenting Data Graphically
Chapter 14: Writing up a dissertation or research project
Chapter 15: How to get the most out of your lectures and seminars
Chapter 16: How to Get the Best out of Reading and Note Taking
Chapter 17: How to Write Great Essays

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

Professor Philipp Pohlenz
Faculty of Humanities, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
June 2, 2016

This excellent text has been on our Level 7 practitioner inquiry module and the new edition enhances its classic status.

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem
Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University
March 22, 2016

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

Mr Samuel Anthony Messam
Department of Sport, Bradford College
March 3, 2016

Very useful for Access to Social Science students at PACA Adult Learning

Mrs Michele Ponting
Social Work, PACA Adult Learning
April 21, 2016

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.

Dr Robert Kasza
Languages and International Studies, University of Central Lancashire
March 9, 2016

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.

Mrs Judith Darnell
Education, Training & Access Centre, Bedford College
May 3, 2016

A great introduction to research in the social sciences.

Dr Martyn Richard Harling
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
March 30, 2016

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