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A gentle guide to research methods / by Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre.

By: Rugg, Gordon.
Contributor(s): Petre, Marian, 1959-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2007Description: 238 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780335219278(pbk); 0335219276(pbk).Subject(s): Research -- MethodologyGenre/Form: Academic theses.DDC classification: Review: "The Gentle Guide to Research Methods explains what research is, and guides you through choosing and using the method best suited to your needs, with detailed examples from a wide range of disciplines. It also gives you practical "nuts and bolts" advice about how to avoid classic problems and how to get the most out of your project."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A Gentle Guide to Research Methods explains what research is, and guides you through choosing and using the method best suited to your needs, with detailed examples from a wide range of disciplines. It also gives you practical 'nuts and bolts' advice about how to avoid classic problems and how to get the most out of your project. Written by well-known research methods authors Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre, this is the ideal guide for anyone about to undertake a research project.

Includes bibliographical references.

"The Gentle Guide to Research Methods explains what research is, and guides you through choosing and using the method best suited to your needs, with detailed examples from a wide range of disciplines. It also gives you practical "nuts and bolts" advice about how to avoid classic problems and how to get the most out of your project."--BOOK JACKET.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • The structure of this book
  • Taught degree projects PhD second studies
  • Strategies and principles Choosing a topic
  • Departments, systems and supervisors
  • How do I get a good mark?
  • Academic writing Doing a good project
  • Summary About research Research: introduction
  • Types of research (an important bit)
  • The nature of evidence
  • Mud pits and how to avoid them Isms
  • Searching the literature
  • Research in society - agendas, context and the like Research design
  • Research design Surveys and sampling
  • Field experiments Controlled experiments
  • Generic advice Arranging a study Handling subjects
  • Kit Recording Data collection
  • Data collection methods Reports
  • Observation Card sorts Laddering
  • Repertory grids Interviews Interview technique
  • Questionnaires Data analysis
  • Content analysis
  • Discourse analysis Knowledge representation
  • Statistics: An overview Descriptive statistics
  • Measurement theory Inferential stats
  • Conclusion: The end game Writing up
  • References and referencing What next?