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Ground rules for social research : guidelines for good practice

Author: Martyn Denscombe
Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2010.
Series: Open UP study skills.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This text identifies key ideas and practices that underlie good research and provides clear guidelines to help newcomers and experienced researchers alike to design and conduct projects.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martyn Denscombe
ISBN: 0335233813 9780335233816
OCLC Number: 435719095
Description: xi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Purpose : the ground rule : research should have clearly stated aims and questions --
2. Relevance : the ground rule : research should be related to existing knowledge and needs --
3. Feasibility : the ground rule : research should be tailored to fit the resources available --
4. Ethics : the ground rule : researchers need to protect the interests of participants --
5. Objectivity : the ground rule : researchers need to be open-minded and self-reflective --
6. Design : the ground rule : research designs should be coherent and fit for purpose --
7. Philosophy : the ground rule : research should be aware of its underlying philosophical foundations --
8. Accuracy : the ground rule : research should produce valid data using reliable methods --
9. Accountability : the ground rule : research should include an explicit description and justification of the methodology --
10. Generalizations : the ground rule : research should produce findings from which generalizations can be made --
11. Originality : the ground rule : research should contribute something new to knowledge --
12. Proof : the ground rule : researchers need to be cautious about claims based on their findings.
Series Title: Open UP study skills.
Responsibility: Martyn Denscombe.
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