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Developing Effective Research Proposals

Developing Effective Research Proposals

Second Edition

176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Successful research requires effective and thorough preparation. In this expanded and updated Second Edition of Developing Effective Research Proposals, author Keith F. Punch offers an indispensable guide to the issues involved in proposal development and in presenting a well-considered plan for the execution of research.

Dealing with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research across the social sciences, Developing Effective Research Proposals, Second Edition comprehensively covers the topics and concerns relevant to the subject and is organized around three central themes: What is a research proposal, who reads proposals and why; How can we go about developing a proposal?; and What might a finished proposal look like?

New to the Second Edition:
  • Expanded sections covering research strategy, research planning, and academic writing
  • Examples of successful research proposals from across the social science disciplines
  • A more comprehensive discussion of ethics
  • A brand new glossary and chapter summaries

Developing Effective Research Proposals, Second Edition will be welcomed by all those preparing or evaluating research proposals, and will be invaluable across all areas of social science, both basic and applied, and for students undertaking quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies.
The Proposal: Readers, Expectations and Functions
A General Framework for Developing Proposals
The Role of Theory and Dealing with the Literature
Writing the Proposal
Examples of Proposals
Appendix 1 - Disentangling the Terms ‘Perspective’,‘Strategy’ and ‘Design’
Appendix 2: Questions to Guide Proposal Development

Clear and concise information. Does what it says on the tin.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
June 3, 2015

My students have found this book really useful.

Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen
Department of Psychology, City University
February 24, 2015

This title will be recommended to Year 4 BA and MA Journalism students required to write a 10,000 word dissertation on a media-related topic.

Mr Aleksandar Kocic
Journalism, Edinburgh Napier University
January 22, 2015

This is an excellent source for students who are having to draft a research proposal.

Dr Julia Jahansoozi
Department of Film and Media Studies, Stirling University
April 1, 2014

This has been included in the recommended reading list for our students and practitioners.

Mrs Christine Cattermole
UCO, University Campus Oldham
February 14, 2014

Have recommended this book as a support to our BSc students. The book makes its way through the process in a logical and straightforward manner and not over confusing the process. A book which will help out international students as well.

Mrs Hazel Smith
School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University
January 10, 2014

This is an excellent book for our graduate students. Many of them found it useful for their dissertation proposal.

Thank you Sage publisher.

Dr. Olatunde Aremu

Dr Olatunde Aremu
School of Health and Bioscience, University of East London
October 17, 2013

An excellent book for focusing the researcher on methodology design for producing data to answer a specific research question.

Lynette Morris
Internal Quality Assurance, Chiltern Training Group
June 14, 2013

This is a compact yet comprehensive guide for researchers preparing their research proposals. It is more than a step by step process: this book discusses the preparations both cognitive and practical that need to be made when embarking on a piece of research including tactics and pitfalls. The book also includes valuable examples of proposals which students always seem to ask for. This is a book I shall be recommending.

Dr Carol Taylor
Health , Manchester Metropolitan University
March 28, 2013

Recommended purchase for students on proposal module to inform thier work.

Dr Peter Gossman
Education, Glyndwr University
March 12, 2013

The second edition of Developing Effective Reserarch Proposals builds on the first
edition in several ways:
• A section on reviewing literature has been added in Chapter 4
• An expanded consideration of ethical issues is included in Chapters 5 and 6
• A Section on academic writing has been added in Chapter 6
• An expanded discussion of getting started in proposals development now
appears in Chapter 7
In addition, a glossary has been added, the number of examples of proposals
has been increased from two to five in Chapter 8, and review concepts and
questions at the end of chapters have been modified to reflect changes in the

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

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