Lecturers - request an e-inspection copy of this text or contact your local SAGE representative to discuss your course needs.
Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners has been written specifically for those with no previous experience of research or research methodology. Written in a logical and accessible style and providing helpful techniques and examples, it breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable operational steps. The book guides you through your project from beginning to end by offering practical advice on:
formulating a research question
carrying out a literature review
choosing a research design
selecting a sample
collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
writing a research report.
The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects.
Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia for 30 years. He is currently a freelance research and evaluation consultant in Western Australia.
Research: A Way of Thinking The Research Process: A Quick Glance STEP I: FORMULATING A RESEARCH PROBLEM Reviewing the Literature Formulating a Research Problem Identifying Variables Constructing Hypotheses STEP II: CONCEPTUALISING A RESEARCH DESIGN The Research Design Selecting a Study Design STEP III: CONSTRUCTING AN INSTRUMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION Selecting a Method of Data Collection Collecting Data Using Attitudinal Scales Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a Research Instrument STEP IV: SELECTING A SAMPLE Selecting a Sample STEP V: WRITING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL Writing a Research Proposal STEP VI: COLLECTING DATA Considering Ethical Issues in Data Collection STEP VII: PROCESSING AND DISPLAYING DATA Processing Data Displaying Data STEP VIII: WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT Writing a Research Report