"Stephen Van Evera's Guide to Methods makes an important contribution toward improving the use of case studies for theory development and testing in the social sciences. His trenchant and concise views on issues ranging from epistemology to specific...
Offers an overview of qualitative research based on interpreting stories. Designed to improve research practice, this title provides detailed discussions of four analytic methods: thematic analysis, structural analysis, dialogic/performance analysis, and visual narrative analysis. It also presents arguments about validation in case-based research.
Using the tools of philosophy and the insights from evaluation practice this book examines the concept of value in program evaluation. The authors analyze four views of facts and values in evaluation: those rooted in a fact-value dichotomy; those of radical constructivists; those of postmodernists; and those of deliberative democrats.
Providing information for those planning to undertake social research, this book tackles the specific concerns and issues that often arise. It offers an introduction to areas such as project management, including commissioning research, preparing a tender or grant application, risk and stakeholder analysis, managing the field work and more.
This practical guide for undergraduate and HND/C students of Leisure and Tourism provides the tools to recognize and produce good research. It should enable readers to successfully evaluate their own tourism and leisure research and the research of others.
Degree and A level students are required to write practical reports for their psychology courses. This text offers advice and guidelines to students on how to go about doing this. It presents a basic introduction to designing and writing reports of experimental and other studies in psychology and is thus useful for beginners.
The book is written for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students in the social sciences, business studies, health studies, media studies and education who need to undertake research projects as part of their studies.
A comprehensive guide to studying psychology at university, covering topics such as using the library and other resources, making effective notes in lectures, and successful revision skills. It includes psychology specific material on Ethics, Professional Data Acquisition and Interviewing Skills.
A guide to research in the social and behavioural sciences. It discusses its value, its limitations and its uses. It tackles difficult issues and concepts in a scholarly manner, providing guidance and signposts to further reading. It is intended for those working in a research environment.
Thoroughly revised and updated, and edited by leading names in both quantitative and qualitative psychological research methods, this is the perfect textbook for both introductory and intermediate level undergraduate students. A new edition of one the leading psychological methods textbook brands.
This collection brings together for the first time a set of researchers whose research methodologies centre on Bourdieu's concept of habitus. Full of insight and innovation, the book is an essential read for anyone wanting to know more about approaches to social theory and its application in research.
Evaluating, Doing and Writing Research in Psychology is a thoroughly revised and expanded co-edition of the highly regarded Reasoning and Argument in Psychology, originally published by UNSW Press, Australia. It represents a comprehensive textbook for all undergraduates in psychology who need to undertake empirical research, taking them step-by-step through the process. In particular, it offers the a range of study skills enabling the student to understand the complex processes involved with psychological research, not really covered in other texts.
This useful guide to the often bewildering world of experimental design and statistics provides a complete map of the entire process, from the initial idea, through the refining of your research question and the actual design of the experiment, to statistical procedure and writing up your results.
This useful guide demystifies the conference process. The author, a professional meetings planner with 25 years experience, addresses all aspects of conference planning including: programme planning; budgeting; finding a location; advertising; and finding speakers and entertainment.
This book discusses the nature of design, design notation, a flexible approach to new designs, a range of standard design models, and tips for real-life problems - all in an easy to understand style, for those wanting to design research and make critical judgements about the designs of others
Keith Coaley outlines the key ingredients of psychological assessment, providing case studies to illustrate their application, making this an ideal textbook for courses on psychometrics or psychological assessment.
Visual methods are becoming more popular across many subject areas in the social sciences, since the technology necessary is now so accessible. Mitchell is a big name in visual methods, and this book is an easy intro for anyone new to using visual methods.
This book is aimed at those studying and working in the field of health care, including nurses and the professions allied to medicine, who have little prior knowledge of statistics but for whom critical review of research is an essential skill.
A practical guide to sample size calculations and general principles of cost-effective research. It introduces a simple technique of statistical power analysis which allows researchers to compute approximate sample sizes and power for a wide variety of research designs.
Using numerous examples and practical tips, this book offers a nontechnical explanation of the standard methods for missing data (such as listwise or casewise deletion) as well as two newer (and, better) methods, maximum likelihood and multiple imputation. Anyone who has relied on ad-hoc methods that are statistically inefficient or biased will find this book a welcome and accessible solution to their problems with handling missing data.
The clearest and most straight-forward explanations of statistical concepts are combined with lots of practical examples from a variety of disciplines, all now with a brand new website with additional resources for students and lecturers.
In this book, Kim Etherington uses a range of narratives to show the reader how reflexive research works in practice, linking this with underpinning philosophies. Placing her own journey as a researcher alongside others, she suggests that recognising the role of self in research can open up opportunities for creative and personal transformations.
Cathy Urquhart's bright new text on grounded theory is a very practical, student-friendly guide to using this approach in qualitative research; the book has a range of helpful pedagogical features and is written in an accessible and engaging style that will bring GT alive.
Explaining and extending prior approaches, this book includes full, step-by-step procedural guidelines for the accurate and ethical conduct of netnography. It deepens the practice of netnography through participative engagement, introspection, alternative representation, and a new humanist focus.
This hands-on guide shows psychology students how to use MATLAB for analyzing experimental data. Written in a conversational and non-intimidating style, the author walks students step-by-step through importing their data, working with their data, and plotting data for presentation-ready figures and graphs.
Targeted at the wider social science community and written by two highly-respected social scientists, this book outlines the rationale and methods of systematic reviews, giving worked examples from social science and other fields. It requires no previous knowledge, taking the reader through the process stage by stage.
How do you survive the university experience? What do tutors want? How can you express yourself best in tutorials, seminars, essays and exams? This book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability.
Drawing on aspects of discourse psychology, continental philosophy and anthropological and neuro-scientific understandings of the emotions, psycho-social studies has emerged as an embryonic new paradigm in the human sciences. This title offers an overview of the field of Psycho-Social research.