The third edition of this popular book has been extensively revised to reflect the changes that have affected student research in higher education in recent years. The ability to carry out research successfully has come to be seen as a 'key transferable skill' required of all higher education students - and The Management of a Student Research Project addresses directly the skill element of this. Furthermore the research process, at all levels, is far more systematized than in the past. The single largest change since the second edition came out in 1996 has been the impact of the World Wide Web on student research. The third edition has been thoroughly rewritten and developed in response to this. In particular, Chapter 4, 'Literature Searching', has been structured around a sample online search. Throughout, the comments and thoughts of readers of previous editions have been taken into account in framing this third edition. Its aims remain the same - to provide a clear, comprehensive and useful guide to students undertaking research projects in order to improve their chances of a successful outcome.
John A Sharp is Professor of Management in the Canterbury Business School, University of Kent. He has taught in a variety of areas and has long been associated with doctoral student training. John Peters is Editorial Director of an academic publishing firm, and a visiting fellow at the Universities of North London and Bradford. Keith Howard was Chairman of Doctoral Programmes at the University of Bradford Management Centre and currently holds several company directorships.
Contents: Part A Preparation: Research and the research student; Selecting and justifying a research project; Planning the research project; Literature searching. Part B Data Analysis and Gathering: Analysing the data; Gathering the data. Part C Producing the Research Results: Executing the research; Presentation of the research findings. Appendices: An example of topic analysis; A select bibliography on student research; Books and articles cited in the main text. Index.