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Doing your research project: a guide for first time researchers in education and social science

Author: Bell, Judith Publisher: Open University Press, 1999.Edition: 3rd ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 230 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0335203884Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Doing your research project Preface to the third edition Acknowledgements Introduction xi xiii 1 PART I Preparing the ground 5 7 1 Approaches to educational research Action research and the 'teacher as researcher' model Case study The ethnographic style Surveys The experimental style Narrative inquiry Which approach? Further reading 8 10 12 13 14 16 18 19 21 21 23 2 Planning the project Selecting a topic The 'first thoughts' list and establishing the focus of the study Hypothesis or objectives? The project outline Timing Supervision Intellectual property Planning the project checklist 3 Negotiating access, ethics and the problems of 'inside' research Ethical guidelines and protocols Ethical research in practice Negotiating access, ethics and the problems of 'inside' research checklist Further reading 37 38 40 45 47 4 Keeping records, making notes and locating libraries The card index Referencing Note-taking and preparation for the report The categorization of evidence Noting quotations A lot of fuss about nothing? Access to libraries Keeping records, making notes and locating libraries checklist 48 5 Finding and searching information sources Sally Baker Literature searching Planning your literature search: search techniques Managing information Literature searching: sources of information 64 65 66 69 71 Literature searching: an example Finding and searching information sources checklist 81 88 6 The literature review 90 Analytical and theoretical frameworks The critical review of the literature PART I Selecting methods of data collection 1 Introduction Constraints Reliability and validity Further reading 99 7 The analysis of documentary evidence Brendan Duffy 106 Approaches to documents The location of documents The nature of documentary evidence The selection of documents The critical analysis of documents The analysis of documentary evidence checklist 107 107 108 111 112 116 8 Designing and administering questionnaires 118 Exactly what do you need to find out? Question type Question wording Memory Knowledge Double questions Leading questions Presuming questions Hypothetical questions Offensive questions and questions covering sensitive issues Appearance and layout Drawing a sample Piloting the questionnaire Distribution and return of questionnaires Non-response Analysis of data Questionnaire checklist Further reading 9 Planning and conducting interviews Type of interview Bias Recording and verification Time, place and style of the interview A few words of warning Interview checklist Further reading 10 Diaries The diary-interview method The critical incidents and problem-portfolio approaches Diaries and critical-incidents checklist Further reading 147 148 151 154 155 11 Observation studies Recording and analysing Content Selecting a method Preparation 156 After the event Observation studies checklist Further reading PART Ill Interpreting the evidence and reporting the fmdings 169 171 Introduction 12 Interpretation and presentation of the evidence List questions Category questions Grids Scales Verbal questions Conclusions Interpretation and presentation of the evidence checklist Further reading 173 13 Writing the report Getting started Structuring the report The need for revision Any possibility of plagiarism? Evaluating your own research Writing the report checklist 198 , x) Postscript References Index

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