This is the perfect book for any student new to Research Methods. It is brilliantly written, witty, and always easy to understand.
Taking as her starting point the need for students to conduct research for themselves in the `real world', Zina O'Leary guides those new to research through the whys and how-tos of the entire research process. Always student-focused, this book offers a hands on and practical guide to the research process from the initial process of coming up with a good question, via methods of gathering information, through to the writing process itself.
Researching Real-World Problems:
- Makes the entire research process a meaningful experience
- Provides a jargon-busting hands-on guide to the entire research process
- Is illustrated throughout with real-life examples
- Speaks directly to the needs of the new researcher
- Locates the researcher and research process at heart of a complex web of social structures
- Provides via the Companion Website link above, PowerPoint slides that cover all 12 chapters of the book. They can be printed out as separate transparencies or used in PowerPoint based lectures. They would also be suitable for applications in e-learning/ web-based teaching.
O'Leary draws her examples from the full range of the Social Sciences, and this is the perfect text for any student in Health, Education or Applied Social Science.
Zina O'Leary is an internationally-recognized leader in research methodologies, and has a keen interest in the application of research to evidence-based decision-making. Zina is a Senior Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where she coordinates research and project units for their Executive Masters and Executive Education Programs. Zina also has an extensive history as a consultant to both Government and the private sector and was the research coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Health Development at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. She is the author of Researching Real World Problems, The Social Science Jargon Buster, and Workplace Research.
PART ONE: ORIENTATION TO RESEARCHING REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS Researching Real-World Problems PART TWO: LAYING FOUNDATIONS From Real Problems to Researchable Questions Preparing to Research Real-World Problems Striving for Integrity in the Research Process The Quest for `Respondents' Selecting Appropriate Data Collection Methods PART THREE: RESEARCHING PROBLEMS Understanding Problems The Quest for Solutions Research that Moves from Knowledge to Action Evaluating Change PART FOUR: MAKING MEANING/MAKING A DIFFERENCE Analyzing and Interpreting Data Producing Research `Deliverables'