With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project.
Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers.
Dawn Burton is in the Business School, University of Nottingham. CONTRIBUTORS ALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD EXCEPT: Vernon Gayle University of Stirling Peter Smith Goldsmiths College Matt Stroh University of Leeds
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES Philosophy of Science and Its Relevance for the Social Sciences - Peter Smith Questions of Hermeneutics - Nick Stevenson Beyond Empiricism and Post-modernism Feminist Methodologies for Social Researching - Sue Webb Race and Racism - Peter Jackson PART TWO: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL RESEARCH Ethical Principles - Gerry Kent The Power of Research - Iain Crow Informed Consent - Gerry Kent Can the Law Prescribe an Ethical Framework for Social Science Research? - David Townend Ethics in the Field - Anne Celnick How Does Substantive Law Currently Regulate Social Science Research - David Townend PART THREE: GETTING STARTED Using Literature to Support Research - Dawn Burton PART FOUR: QUALITATIVE METHODS: DESIGN, DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS Theory and Method in Qualitative Research - Simon Holdaway Participatory Research as Emancipatory Method - Wanda Thomas Bernard Challenges and Opportunities The Use of Focus Groups in Social Science Research - Caroline Oates Qualitative Interviewing - Matt Stroh The Use of Case Studies in Social Science Research - Dawn Burton Computers and Qualitative Data Analysis - Matt Stroh To Use or Not to Use...? Writing Up Qualitative Data - Peter Jackson PART FIVE: USING COMPUTERS FOR QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Using NUD*IST Version 4 - Matt Stroh A Hands-on Lesson PART SIX: SURVEY RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: DESIGN AND DATA COLLECTION Design Issues in Survey Research - Dawn Burton Sampling Strategies in Survey Research - Dawn Burton Data Collection Issues in Survey Research - Dawn Burton Questionnaire Design - Dawn Burton Secondary Data Analysis - Dawn Burton PART SEVEN: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Descriptive Statistics - Vernon Gayle Inferential Statistics - Vernon Gayle Getting Started - Vernon Gayle PART EIGHT: FINISHING OFF: WRITING, PRESENTING AND PUBLISHING Writing a Thesis - Dawn Burton Presentation Skills - Doug Watts and Paul White Getting Published - Doug Watts and Paul White