How to be a Researcher provides a strategic guide to the conduct of a successful research career within a university environment. Based on the author's extensive personal experience, it offers down-to-earth advice, philosophical guidance, and discussions of the political context of academic research.
This is not a research methods book, and the topics it covers are rarely discussed elsewhere. The bulk of the book provides practical advice on the development of essential skills and strategic approaches, covering questions such as:
how to decide which topics to work on
how to read and review literature
how to develop theory
how to integrate research and teaching activity
how to approach research design
how to obtain and manage research funding
how to collaborate and supervise effectively
how to write up your research, and
how to secure the best sources of publication.
The final part of the book considers the philosophy and psychology of research work and includes an exploration of the cognitive biases which may affect researchers.
How to be a Researcher will be particularly useful for masters and doctoral students in the behavioral and social sciences, and also for early career academics developing research within a university career.
Jonathan St B T Evans is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Plymouth University. He has over 40 years' experience of experimental research and has published more than 150 journal articles. He has also authored eight books, and he served as Editor of the journal Thinking & Reasoning for 17 years.
1. Foreword 2. Introduction Part One: Advice 3. Scholarship and the origin of ideas 4. Research and teaching 5. Designing empirical studies 6. Research funding 7. Developing and testing theories 8. Collaboration and supervision 9. Communication of research Part Two: Philosophy and Psychology of Research 10. Hypothesis testing and reasoning 11. Statistical inference 12. Final thoughts