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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.
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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