'Mike Lambert's book is a useful source of information, helping to create and shape your research methods project. The book contains detailed chapters with easy to follow guidelines, tips and suggestions ensuring help at every step of the way from start to finish'
Alexander Miesen, student, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
In this basic guide, step-by-step advice is presented in a clear way and chapters take the reader through the entire process, from planning and doing research, to writing it up. Each stage is covered, with detailed help on choosing a topic, drawing up research questions, doing the literature review, choosing and designing research methods, the ethics of doing research, analyzing data, and collating and presenting findings.
Features in the text include:
- explanations of key research terms
- activities (with answers)
- progress sheets
- case studies
Online resources to accompany the book are available at http://www.methodspace.com/groups/MikeLambertABeginnersGuide/
This is an ideal text for undergraduate students undertaking their first ever research project, postgraduates pursuing Masters awards and teachers carrying out action research.
Mike Lambert is Principal Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Wolverhampton. He developed and teaches the university's research-methods module for initial teacher training and has supervised the projects of many students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
INTRODUCTION Research: Important or Just Interesting? Research and You Education: A Research-Based Profession? Why This Book? Structures and Contents Features Time to Start PART ONE: LEARNING ABOUT RESEARCH Research, 'Paradigms' and Ethics The Process of Doing Research Learning from Other Research PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH Choosing Your Topic Research Questions Literature Review Choosing Your Methods Designing Research Instruments Validity, Reliability and Ethical Approval Carrying Out Your Investigation PART THREE: ANALYZING AND WRITING UP Analyzing Data and Producing Your Findings Writing Up Your Project CONCLUSION REFERENCES APPENDIX 1: PROJECT SHEETS APPENDIX 2: ACTIVITY ANSWERS APPENDIX 3: GLOSSARY INDEX