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Social Research Methods

Social Research Methods

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232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
SAGE Course Companions are an exciting new series from SAGE, offering students an insider's guide into how to make the most of their undergraduate courses and extend their understanding of key concepts covered in their course.

Social Research Methods provides student readers with essential help with their research project, with revising for their course exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and thinking skills in line with course requirements on Research Methods courses.

This Course Companion is designed to augment, rather than replace, existing textbooks for the course, and will provide:

" Helpful summaries of the course curriculum to aid essay and project planning

" Key summaries of the approach taken by the main Methods textbooks

" Guidance on the essential study skills required

" Help with developing critical thinking

" Route-maps to aid the development of wider learning above and beyond the textbook

" Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises

" A tutor's-eye view of what course examiners are looking for

" An insider's view of what key course concepts are really all about

SAGE Course Companions are much more than revision guides for undergraduate; they are an essential tool to taking your course learning and understanding to new levels and in new directions that are the key to success in undergraduate courses.

Introduction to Your Companion
Theoretical Background
Research Basics
Research Strategies and Design
The Nature of Data
Defining the Research Problem
Data Collection Methods
Experimental Design
Quantitative Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
(written in collaboration with David McIlroy)
How To Get the Most Out of Your Lectures
How To Make the Most of Seminars
Revision Hints and Tips
Exam Tips
Tips on Interpreting Essay and Exam Questions
Essay Writing
Writing a Literature Review
Writing a Research Proposal
Writing Up a Dissertation or Research Project

A surprising amount of detail packed into a small book. Clearly written and highly recommended

Mr David Biggins
The Business School, Bournemouth University
December 16, 2013

This is a useful book that covers all necessary information for project students in a clear and straight forward way that is suitable for undergraduate level. However, we have an alternative book that focusses on the educational field for this purpose.

Dr Frances Tracy
Faculty of Educ, Community & Leisure, Liverpool John Moores University
January 22, 2013

Nicholas Walliman's "Social Research Methods" is well-written, reader-friendly and informative textbook for undergraduate students of social sciences.

Dr Ali Bilgic
Dept of International Relations, Bilkent Üniversitesi
October 26, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two: Theoretical Background

Nicholas Walliman

Nicholas Walliman is a qualified architect and Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University and a researcher associate in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. After many years of practice in architecture in the UK and abroad, he returned to academic life to do his PhD. This experience raised his interest in research theory and methods, and he was subsequently asked by the university to write a distance learning course to guide postgraduate students embarking on research degrees. This course provided the raw material and incentive for writing this book. He has subsequently published... More About Author

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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.