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Research Methodology: A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners, 2nd Edition

Ranjit Kumar

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Research Methodology: A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners, 2nd Edition

By Ranjit Kumar
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Overview
Author
Ranjit Kumar
Edition
2nd
ISBN
9780733971358
Published Date
30/04/2005
Pages
332
For introductory research courses across multiple disciplines in the social sciences.
 
Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners is designed specifically for students who do not have any previous experience or knowledge of research and research methodology.
 
This practical step-by-step approach provides students with a strong framework of methods and procedures used in both quantitative and qualitative research covering the different concepts through the use of simple examples and providing theoretical knowledge in a simple to complex progression.
 
This clear and concise text focuses on developing research skills in students through providing qualitative and quantitative approaches in an integrated manner. The writing style provides clear guidance through each section to simplify understanding of this normally complex area.
Biography
Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University for 28 years. He has recently set up his own research consultancy in Western Australia.
Features
  • Eight step model provides students with a strong content framework and this practical step-by-step method gives clear guidance as to what is in each section
  • Clear and concise writing style provides guidance through each section to simplify understanding of this normally complex area
  • Combines both qualitative and quantitative research ensuring that a student is exposed to both research types at the same time
  • End of Chapter Summary highlights the main themes discussed within each chapter
Table of contents
  • Preface
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • 1. Research: a way of thinking   
  • 2. The research process: a quick glance 
  • Step I: Formulating a research problem         
  • 3. Reviewing the literature          
  • 4. Formulating a research problem          
  • 5. Identifying variables   
  • 6. Constructing hypotheses       
  • Step II: Conceptualising a research design    
  • 7. The research design  
  • 8. Selecting a study design        
  • Step III: Constructing an instrument for data collection          
  • 9. Selecting a method of data collection
  • 10. Collecting data using attitudinal scales          
  • 11. Establishing the validity and reliability of a research instrument
  • Step IV: Selecting a sample   
  • 12. Sampling    
  • Step V: Writing a research proposal   
  • 13. Writing a research proposal  
  • Step VI: Collecting data          
  • 14. Considering ethical issues in data collection  
  • Step VII: Processing data       
  • 15. Processing 
  • 16. Displaying data       
  • Step VIII: Writing a research report    
  • 17. Writing a research report      
  • Application of research in evaluation
  • 18. Research methodology and practice evaluation
  • Appendix        
  • References     
  • Index