Research Methods: The Basics by Nicholas Walliman

By Nicholas Walliman

Examine equipment: the fundamentals is an available, effortless creation to different points of analysis thought, equipment and perform. based in elements, the 1st overlaying the character of information and the explanations for examine, and the second one the explicit tools used to hold out powerful learn, this publication covers: structuring and making plans a learn undertaking the moral concerns curious about examine types of facts and the way they're measured accumulating and studying facts which will draw sound conclusions devising a learn idea and writing up the study. whole with a word list of key phrases and publications to extra interpreting, this ebook is a necessary textual content for someone coming to analyze for the 1st time, and is broadly proper around the social sciences and arts.

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London: Hodder (Teach Yourself). This is a simple introduction to philosophy which explains the main terminology and outlines the principle streams of thought. Warburton, N. (2004) Philosophy: The Basics. (fourth edition). London: Routledge. A book in the same series as this one. 27 28 RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE The following concentrate on scientific approaches and dilemmas: Okasha, S. (2002) Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. A clear, non-technical introduction to the philosophy of science.

All philosophical positions and their attendant methodologies, explicitly or implicitly, hold a view about reality. This view, in turn, will determine what can be regarded as legitimate knowledge. Philosophy works by making arguments explicit. You need to develop 16 RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE sensitivity towards philosophical issues so that you can evaluate research critically. It will help you to discern the underlying, and perhaps contentious, assumptions upon which research reports are based even when these are not explicit, and thus enable you to judge the appropriateness of the methods that have been employed and the validity of the conclusions reached.

You should not take familiarity RESEARCH ETHICS so far as to deceive in order to extract information that the participant might later regret giving. Neither should you raise unrealistic expectations in order to ingratiate yourself. SENSITIVE MATERIAL Information can be thrown up that is of a sensitive nature which, if revealed, could do damage to the participants or to other people. Every case will have to be judged individually, but if this information is relevant to the research, it must be presented in such a way that individuals are not damaged by assuring confidentiality and anonymity.

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