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Designing social research : a guide for the bewildered

Author: Ian Greener
Publisher: Los Angeles ; London : SAGE, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using jargon-free language, Designing Social Research provides guidance on how to practically plan your research study.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Greener
ISBN: 9781849201896 1849201897 9781849201902 1849201900
OCLC Number: 727022108
Description: xvi, 208 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: List of tables --
About the author --
Acknowledgements --
preface --
1. Introduction to social research design or what are you talking about? --
Introduction --
Defining terms --
Some general points about research questions --
Some other general guidelines --
Some practical examples of how questions, methods and philosophy combine --
What's the problem, and how are you going to research it? --
A logic of appropriateness --
Conclusion --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
2. Reviewing what other people have said or how can I tell if others research is any good? --
Introduction --
Nuts and bolts --
The hierarchy of evidence --
Reading efficiently and critically, and taking notes --
So is the study any good? --
Writing a review --
Conclusion --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example Qualitative research and the evidence base of policy --
3. Surveys and questionnaires or how can I conduct research with people at a distance? --
Introduction --
The use of questionnaires the best (and worst) of quantitative (and qualitative) social research --
Surveys and questionnaires --
Perspectives on questionnaires --
Designing questionnaires --
Open and closed responses --
Getting questions really clear --
Common response forms --
Questionnaire design --
Analysing and reporting questionnaire responses --
Reflexivity and questionnaires --
Contentious issues --
Conclusion --
working with the good and bad of questionnaires --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
The Paradox of Choke --
4. Elements of quantitative design: sampling and statistics or what can I do with numbers? --
Introduction --
Numbers and their importance --
What are numbers good for? --
The philosophy of quantitative research --
Sampling --
Some issues in quantitative analysis basic descriptive statistics --
Conclusion --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
Super Crunchers --
5. Ethnography as a research approach or what do I gain from watching people and talking to them? --
Introduction --
What is ethnography? --
When would I want to use an ethnography? --
What does it mean to conduct an ethnography? --
Philosophical debates around ethnography --
What do the differences in approach mean for the resulting ethnography? --
What kind of research does an ethnographic research project produce? --
How can you increase the chance of doing good ethnographic research? --
Conclusion --
getting close or producing useless knowledge? --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
Reading Ethnographic Research --
6. Dealing with qualitative data --
or what should I do with all these words? --
Introduction --
The aims of qualitative research --
Grounded theory, coding and generalisation --
The mechanics of grounded theory --
Discourse analysis and its variants --
Quantitative approaches to textual analysis --
Analysing documents --
What are the criteria for a good qualitative analysis? --
Truth in social research --
Conclusion --
finding appropriate methods for dealing with your data --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
The Body Multiple --
7. Causality in your research or how deep should ontology go? --
Introduction --
Ontology and depth --
Science, method and causality --
Constant conjunction --
The world is flat --
Going deeper --
Levels of analysis --
Conclusion --
how deep do you need to go? --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
Rogue Traders and financial losses --
8. Dealing with time and control or what time period suits my research, and how do I stop the world from interfering in it? --
Introduction --
How does social research deal with time? --
Phenomenology and process philosophy researching the present --
History and political science --
researching the past --
What time frame fits your research, and how does time affect what you can say? --
The openness (and closedness) of systems --
A way around the problem of the experimental method --
scale and sampling --
What are case studies for --
an aid to generalisation or an analysis of power and expertise? --
Conclusion --
time and control in social research --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
accounts of the financial crisis --
9. Ethics --
or what practices are appropriate in my research? --
Introduction --
The importance of ethics in research --
The official line --
what bodies such as the ESRC have to say --
Questioning the official line or is it even possible to follow all these ethical principles? --
The importance of balance and appropriateness in ethics --
Different perspectives on ethics --
Conclusion --
doing what's right and doing what's ethical --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
Example --
'Teenagers telling sectarian stories' --
10. Writing up your research or what can I say I've found? --
Introduction --
The differences between description, analysis and argument --
Making an argument --
what have you found out? --
The bases of good arguments --
Supporting a conclusion --
Other concerns with arguments --
Deductive and inductive arguments --
Structuring a piece of writing to bring out your argument --
Conclusion --
writing up research so that it is clear to you (and to everyone else) --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
11. Writing up reviews and putting together proposals or can you provide some examples of all of this? --
Introduction --
Putting together a literature review --
The role of the literature review --
Doing a literature review --
Exclusion and systematic review --
Exclusion and realist review --
Putting together a research proposal --
Conclusion --
the skills of being a practising researcher --
Five things to remember about this chapter --
12. Conclusion --
or getting on with social research --
Introduction --
Others' claims as a basis for your own work --
Defining the job at hand --
Designing research that is appropriate for the job at hand --
Mixing methods --
Being careful with data and with ethics --
Writing it all up --
Conclusion --
doing research well --
Example --
Ladbroke Grove --
Glossary --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Ian Greener.

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