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A Student's Guide to Methodology

A Student's Guide to Methodology

Third Edition

February 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Third Edition of this hugely popular text provides students with straightforward principles and frameworks for understanding methodology. Peter Clough and Cathy Nutbrown are adept at making methodology meaningful for beginners and more advanced readers alike. Their book clearly demonstrates how methodology impacts upon every stage of the research process, and gives readers all of the tools that they need to understand it.

New to this edition are the following:

  • New boxes and guidance on research ethics in every chapter
  • More international examples and perspectives
  • Up to date coverage of online research methods
  • More examples from real students
  • A new companion website, featuring Powerpoint slides for lecturers

The authors take an applied approach and every chapter contains a variety of practical examples from real research. Readers are encouraged to reflect on their own practice at every step, meaning that the book remains extremely relevant throughout. It will be invaluable for all students who are doing a dissertation or taking a research methods module in education, the social sciences, business and health.

What Is Research?
What Is Methodology?
Looking: Seeing beyond the Known
Listening: Issues of Voice
Reading: Purpose and Positionality
Questioning: The Focus of Research
Research Design: Shaping the Study
Reporting Research: Telling the Story
Research Action: Next Steps

Very good book which will be an excellent resource. Clearly set out and easy to read.

Ms Jane Brett
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
October 31, 2013

This text supplements the Clough and Nutbrown text previously adopted.
It provides clear explanations making it accessible to health care practitioners new to the field of research.

Mrs Valerie Lawrenson
School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire
October 14, 2013

A very good textbook for beginner student researchers on the MA and PhD programmes in education. Most projects involve qualitative research in the classroom. Clear and well set out and students enjoy it.

Dr Stephen Bigger
Education, Worcester University
October 5, 2013

Excellent book
Good pedagogical features

Ms Jodie Travis
Higher Education, Accrington & Rossendale College
September 17, 2013

A very inviting read, however, perhaps a little simplistic for this gruop.Will probaby try it with undergrad cohorts

Dr Linda Barlow-Meade
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
August 15, 2013

An outstanding, extremely accessible resource. Supporting students at all levels of research.
Clear distinct chapters signposting the relevant aspects of research methodology.

Mrs Faith Fletcher
Education Department, Liverpool Hope University
August 12, 2013

It is a good book for students, as part of their course

Industrial Management, University of Navarra
August 6, 2013

Excellent and detailed.Thought provoking exercises which promptedsmall group discussion

Ms Diana Harris
business and management, Bromley College of FE & HE
August 5, 2013

Not focused on education type issues but useful in terms of its challenge to more conventional notions of qualitative research. Distinguishing between methods and methodology is a useful section which I encourage students to read.

Dr Andy Cramp
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
July 11, 2013

This text includes many of the important points that we want to convey to level 4 students within the sports sciences. The course has undergone considerable revision over the last year (hence the delay in this review). The material in the book will be beneficial supplementary material to the sport focussed class contexts and a useful addition to library stock

Dr Beverley Hale
Sport and Exercise Science, Chichester University
July 11, 2013

Peter Clough

Peter Clough is Professor of Education at the University of Brighton. Often using innovative, arts-based qualitative methodologies, his research is concerned particularly with the inclusion of marginalised voices, and spans all age phases. Among his many publications are Inclusion in the Early Years (Sage), and Narratives and Fictions in Educational Research (OUP). Recent research includes the Family Literacy in Prisons project in collaboration with the Prison Advice and Care Trust.  More About Author

Cathy Nutbrown

Cathy Nutbrown is President of Early Education and Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Her research over the last 30 years, has focussed on young children’s learning and work with parents to support young children’s literacy development.  She won an ESRC Award for Research with Outstanding Impact on Society and a Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award. She is author of over 150 publications including Early Literacy Work with Families (with Hannon and Morgan, Sage, 2005), Early Childhood Educational Research (Sage, 2019), and Home Learning Environments for Young Children (with Clough... More About Author

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