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Research Methodology
A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Fourth Edition
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November 2014 | 428 pages | SAGE India

Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners has been written specifically for those with no previous experience of research or research methodology. 

Written in a logical and accessible style and providing helpful techniques and examples, it breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable operational steps. The book guides you through your project from beginning to end by offering practical advice on:
formulating a research question
ethical considerations
carrying out a literature review
choosing a research design
selecting a sample
collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
writing a research report

The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects.

 
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Research: a Way of Thinking
 
The research process: a quick glance
 
STEP I: FORMULATING A RESEARCH PROBLEM
 
Reviewing the literature
 
Formulating a research problem
 
Identifying variables
 
Constructing hypotheses
 
STEP II: CONCEPTUALISING A RESEARCH DESIGN
 
The research design
 
Selecting a study design
 
STEP III: CONSTRUCTING AN INSTRUMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION
 
Selecting a method of data collection
 
Collecting data using attitudinal scales
 
Establishing the validity and reliability of a research instrument
 
STEP IV: SELECTING A SAMPLE
 
Selecting a sample
 
STEP V: WRITING A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
 
Writing a research proposal
 
STEP VI: COLLECTING DATA
 
Considering ethical issues in data collection
 
STEP VII: PROCESSING AND DISPLAYING DATA
 
Processing data
 
Displaying data
 
STEP VIII: WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT
 
Writing a research report
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Supplements

‘This edition contains essential information for beginning researchers and it is presented in a clear and coherent way which engages the reader. The reader is supported through references to research, questions posed and very well thought through examples. This is a publication which is a pleasure to read cover to cover, although it can be dipped into as necessary.’

Dr Liane Purnell
Senior lecturer, Newman University College

An excellent book for beginners who have no prior experience or knowledge of research. The writing style is simple and clear and has the ability to make the reader comfortable.

Abhigyan, October- December

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Ranjit Kumar

Dr Ranjit Kumar taught at Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia for 30 years. He is currently a freelance research and evaluation consultant in Western Australia. More About Author

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