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This bestselling text on carrying out research in 'real world' situations has been thoroughly revised and updated but continues to have the same authoritative voice and definitive content that has made it such an essential book for teachers and students conducting research within the social sciences. Even-handed coverage of qualitative and quantitative approaches Furnishes students with the skills necessary in order to conduct research outside the laboratory, in ls"real worldrs" situations Draws examples from the fields of applied psychology, applied social science, health studies, social work and education New chapters on multi-strategy designs, ethical issues, and on writing a project proposal Discussion of Internet-based research - both as a research tool and as a subject for research Coverage of evidence-based approaches - seeking to present a balanced assessment of their value An enhanced website linked to the text New and improved page design
Colin Robson is Emeritus Professor of the School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University. From 1996-2007 he was chief consultant to the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation project on the development of statistics and indicators on the performance of national systems for the education of children with disabilities, learning and behaviour difficulties, and social disadvantages. He is currently consultant to a follow-up project funded by Eurostat.
Table of Contents
Before You Start
Real World Enquiry
Approaches to Social Research
Developing Your Ideas
Designing the Enquiry
General Design Issues
Designs for Particular Purposes: Evaluation, Action and Change
Tactics: The Methods of Data Collection
Surveys and Questionnaires
Tests and Scales
Additional Methods of Data Collection
Dealing with the Data
The Analysis of Quantitative Data
The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Reporting on the Enquiry
Writing a Project Proposal
The roles of Practitioner-Researchers, Researchers and Consultants in Real World Research
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