Researching Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality For Your Dissertation

Researching Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality For Your Dissertation

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Research methods can be a daunting topic - Researching Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality for your Dissertation is a unique text that takes away the stress, worry and confusion by providing a step-by-step, user friendly guide to all you need to know to successfully research and compile your dissertation. Researching Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality for your Dissertation provides a discussion of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches, looking at key differences and similarities. A critical evaluation of these different research approaches is provided and, importantly, a discussion on selecting the appropriate approach(es) for your dissertation, including a discussion and evaluation of mixed methods research. It takes the reader from the initial idea and topics, through to lit reviews, methodology, presenting and analysing results and successfully making conclusions. Unlike other texts available, the text includes case studies based on the author's own research to demonstrate different research approaches and techniques, providing an opportunity for criticism and a discussion on `learning from mistakes.' Divided into 7 chapters Researching Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality for your Dissertation discusses: * Developing your research topic - including the ethics statement; * Literature review - how to do it and how to get the most from it; * Methodology - which approach (es) are most suitable, with clear links between ontology, epistemology and methodology and how these concepts relate to the actual dissertation; * Presenting Results - how this can be done clearly and coherently * Analysing and Discussing Results - whether they are qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods; * Conclusions: your findings, your limitations and your recommendations. A must-have text for all students on how best to conduct research, compile your findings and to present them in the resulting dissertation. Peter Mason is Professor of Tourism Management, Bedfordshire University, Visiting Professor of Tourism, London South Bank University and has a fractional position as Lecturer, London Metropolitan University.


Chapter 1 Introduction a) Why do research? Who does research? What happens to research products? b) Overview of the nature of research - different ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies. c) Research Methods and your dissertation: a brief overview. d) The Introductory chapter of your dissertation - contents: Aims/objectives Importance of your topic Overview of major relevant literature/where does your topic fit Other contents -summary of Dissertation chapters. Chapter 2 Developing your Research Topic a) Selecting a topic/theme/issue/question(s) b) Research design. c) Developing a conceptual framework. d) Developing research questions. e) Refining your research ideas. f) Ethics and your research. Chapter 3 The Literature Review a) Why is it necessary, What is it, What is it not. b) How to conduct a literature survey, how to make notes. c) How to move from literature survey to literature review. d) The Literate Review chapter (s) of the dissertation. How to write the Literature Review. Chapter 4 Methodology a) Conceptual frameworks and research approaches. b) Research design: linking to research philosophies (discussion of ontology, epistemology, methodology). c) Types of research: inductive, deductive, positivist, interpretivist, quantitative, qualitative. d) Reliability and Validity e) Data Collection f) Sampling g) Data Gathering h) Data Analysis i) Preparing an Ethics statement for your Dissertation j) Writing the Methodology Chapter of your Dissertation Chapter 5 Presenting Results a) Different types of results: quantitative and qualitative b) Different approaches to the presentation of results c) How to present results in your Dissertation i) Quantitative Results, including the use of graphical representation. ii) Qualitative Results, including the use of verbatims. iii) Mixed Methods Results Chapter 6 Analysing and Discussing Results a) Analysing Quantitative Data, including the use of computer programmes. b) Analysing Qualitative Data, including the use of computer programmes. c) Analysing Mixed Methods, including the use of computer programmes. d) Presenting your Analysis/ Findings in the Dissertation. Chapter 7 Conclusions a) What are Conclusions? b) The nature of Conclusions in your dissertation c) Presenting your Conclusions in the Dissertation. i) Your major Findings ii) Limitations of your research. iii) Your contribution. iv) Your Recommendations. d) Concluding comments to the text.

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  • ISBN13: 9781908999917
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  • Number Of Pages: 256
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