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Complete Your Thesis and Dissertation Successfully by Complete your thesis or dissertation successfully: Practical guidelines provides fundamentally important information to students of the social sciences completing their master's or doctoral studies, as well as to their supervisors and study leaders.
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Doing Your Dissertation with Microsoft(r) Word by This book contains over 500 pages of help (crammed with close on 1000 illustrative images in 19 different chapters) on everything you need to know to create thesis formatting in Microsoft Word you can be proud of (Unfortunately, the content remains your responsibility ) The book will also be of use to any person needing to create large documents in Microsoft Word, and is thus not limited to the academic context. Topics include: -Learning to work faster in the Word environment -Correct use of fonts and special characters -Automated text input -Working with templates -Using styles for automated and consistent formatting -Proper page setup -Heading numbering -Table/figure numbering -Footnotes and endnotes -Indexes -Automated tables of content -Search and replace -Document navigation -Managing large and/or multiple documents -Citations and References -Using Word's reviewing tools -Tables -Charts -Equations -Drawings and picture editing in Word -Printing your dissertation Learn how to: -Apply different page numbering styles for different parts of the document -Break between pages at the right places -Automatically apply consistent heading numbering -Format your text consistently and professionally -Create consistent formatting across multiple documents -Create neat and consistently formatted tables and charts -Number tables, figures, etc. automatically -Create cross references to tables and figures that keep track of the numbering of tables or figures -Handle your reference citations automatically, including the creation of a reference list or Bibliography -Create a table of contents automatically -Automatically add often-repeated text elements -Automatically format text elements (e.g. headings) -Manage your foot- and endnotes properly -Find your working place in the large document with the maximum speed and ease -Create an index -Combine multiple documents into one document -And much, much more Accompanying sample files and tools (Microsoft Word AddIn) can be downloaded from the author's website. From the book cover: Time is one of our most precious commodities-especially to a student completing a Master's or PhD and having to type their own thesis or dissertation, as most 21st century students now do. What would you do with an extra month to work on your dissertation? If you had to assign a financial value to a month, what would that be? That is the bold claim of this book-that typical students with a standard knowledge of Microsoft Word completing a full PhD dissertation who know and use the information provided in this book might be able to submit their dissertation approximately a month earlier (or have an extra month's worth of time to focus on their research work). This claim is made on the basis of the author's extensive experience in assisting students with problems encountered in the typing of their dissertations and teaching these principles to postgraduate students in a focused Microsoft Word training course. But it gets better. The techniques presented in this book do not save time by taking shortcuts that impinge on the quality of the final product. In fact, the focus of these techniques is how to improve the quality of the submitted dissertation by avoiding the mistakes students commonly make as a result of their lack of knowledge about the features offered by Microsoft Word. In other words, better quality work is obtained by employing techniques that simultaneously allow students to work faster. So what will you do with your month?
Publication Date: 2013-01-31
A Guide to Argumentative Research Writing and Thinking by Research is difficult. Even though students are trained in the basic research methodology skills, when confronted with research writing, it feels to them as if they enter a bizarre world, with its own language and conventions, where it is hard to get things right. This book translates the apparent complexities of research writing into everyday ideas, language and skills, and will enable novice researchers to start overcoming the major stumbling blocks immediately. This book focuses only on the greatest challenges in research writing, specifically those that supervisors find most difficult to explain to novice researchers. These challenges include both basic and more complex skills, such as: finding original research contributions; establishing one's voice while drawing on other authors; turning a vague idea into a feasible research question; generating literature reviews that are original in themselves; and avoiding list-like writing when discussing the research methodology. Wentzel shows that it is easier to overcome these challenges, not with lists of prescriptions that are difficult to remember while writing, but rather by cultivating an argumentative mindset. Not only is such a mindset much easier to maintain, but it offers a central point around which one can organise any difficult writing task. The book shows how to use the argumentative mindset to approach every important writing challenge. It translates all the necessary skills into jargon-free language using a variety of visuals and simple step-by-step procedures that will enable any person to read the book quickly and start writing immediately. The book is accompanied by a website containing an instructor's manual with guidance on the teaching and assessment of research writing, as well as lecture slides.
Publication Date: 2017-11-08
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioural sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language. Well-known for its authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures and tone that will result in strong, simple, and elegant scientific communication. The Sixth Edition offers new and expanded instruction on publication ethics, statistics, journal article reporting standards, electronic reference formats, and the construction of tables and figures. The Sixth Edition has been revised and updated to include new ethics guidance on such topics as determining authorship and terms of collaboration, duplicate publication, plagiarism and self-plagiarism, disguising of participants, validity of instrumentation, and making data available to others for verification; new journal article reporting standards to help readers report empirical research with clarity and precision; simplified APA heading style to make it more conducive to electronic publication; updated guidelines for reducing bias in language to reflect current practices and preferences, including a new section on presenting historical language that is inappropriate by present standards; new guidelines for reporting inferential statistics and a significantly revised table of statistical abbreviations new instruction on using supplemental files containing lengthy data sets and other media; significantly expanded content on the electronic presentation of data to help readers understand the purpose of each kind of display and choose the best match for communicating the results of the investigation, with new examples for a variety of data displays, including electrophysiological and biological data; consolidated information on all aspects of reference citations, with an expanded discussion of electronic sources emphasising the role of the digital object identifier (DOI) as a reliable way to locate information; and expanded discussion of the publication process, including the function and process of peer review; a discussion of ethical, legal, and policy requirements in publication; and guidelines on working with the publisher while the article is in press. Key to this edition of the Publication Manual is an updated and expanded Web presence. Visit the APA Style web site to Look up additional supplemental material keyed to the book Test your knowledge of APA Style with a free tutorial on style basics Learn about the changes in the sixth edition with a free tutorial reviewing key revisions Sign up for an on-line course to enrich and enhance your understanding of APA Style Read the APA Style blog and share your comments on writing and referencing Consult frequently asked questions to sharpen your understanding of APA Style Examine additional resources on such topics as ethics, statistics, and writing Familiarise yourself with submission standards for APA books and journals What''s New in the Sixth Edition? Book has been updated to acknowledge and incorporate advances in computer technology. New discussions of the creation, submission, and storage of supplemental data. New guidelines for referencing electronic sources. New and expanded reference examples for a variety of on-line sources. Redesigned APA Style website, expanded to provide tutorials, on-line courses, and other resources for learning APA style. Book has been reorganised and streamlined for ease of use Organised to describe the writing process from idea to publication, it begins with background information on ethical issues in publishing, then moves on to manuscript structure and content, then writing style and rules, then graphics and references, then guidance on working with the publisher. Sample paper section has been moved up and featured to better exemplify manuscript structure and content Like discussions have been moved to one place in the book, with discussions of function followed by instruction on form. Focus has been broadened to include readers in the behavioural and social sciences. Information specific to APA has been moved to the web, where it is more broadly accessible and can be updated frequently. New examples throughout the book have been drawn from publications in education, business, and nursing as well as psychology.
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Writing for Academic Journals by Writing for publication is a daunting and time-consuming task for many academics. And yet the pressure for academics to publish has never been greater. This book demystifies the process of writing academic papers, showing readers what good papers look like and how they can be written. Offering a research-informed understanding of the contemporary challenges of writing for publication, this book gives practical advice for overcoming common obstacles such as finding a topic, targeting journals, and finding the time to write. The author offers a range of helpful writing strategies, making this an invaluable handbook for academics at all stages of their career, from doctoral students to early career researchers and even experienced academics. The third edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the changing landscape of academic writing, including the most recent research and theory on writing across the disciplines. Drawing on her extensive experience of running writing workshops and working closely with academics on developing writing, Rowena Murray offers practical and tested strategies for good academic writing. New to the third edition: Advice on how to use social media to promote your publications More examples from different disciplines and journals More advice on how to tackle writer's block Extended end-of-chapter checklists New evidence that these strategies really work!
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing by Successful Academic Writing guides students through the whole process of academic writing, developing their ability to communicate ideas and research fluently and successfully. From understanding the task and planning essays or assignments, right through to utilising feedback, it will ensure students are able to get much more out of the writing process.
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
JustWriteIt! by Just Write It! is a writing skills book with a difference. It teaches students to unblock their preconceptions and negative thoughts about writing. This helps them to achieve the marks that they are capable of and to realize their full potential. Authored by a professional writer and writing coach, this book uses a proven method and set of techniques that unlock creativity and teach students to fully articulate their thoughts and tackle any written task. Quizzes, exercises and checklists allow students to assess their current writing behaviour and track their improvement. Students are first introduced to general skills and techniques before learning how to apply these skills to the most common types of writing they are likely to face. This unique book covers topics including: Developing a positive attitude to writing Using objects to kick-start creativity Generating ideas and turning them into arguments Applying your new knowledge to essays, dissertations, reports and articles Writing your way to your dream job "The biggest stumbling block for some students is their writing skills, yet the ability to articulate yourself in writing is vital for success. Just Write It! is a reader-friendly, step by step book, which demystifies academic writing and breaks the process down into bite-sized chunks. It gives great practical advice in simple stages, which guide the reader to developing their writing skills." Vanessa Heaslip, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Bournemouth University, UK "This is a well-designed book to support undergraduates through their university journey. It is user-friendly with its clear, easy to follow structure. This book is a great support mechanism to help undergraduates to achieve. I highly recommend this text - it is an essential resource for undergraduates!" Emma Jackson, University of Worcester, UK
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (3rd e.d.) by This excellent new edition of The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism continues to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance to make sure you are not committing plagiarism. It provides clear guidelines on why and when to reference as well as how to correctly cite from a huge range of sources.The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism is essential reading for all students and professionals who need to use referencing in academic writing to reflect their own ideas, constructively apply the work of others, and to avoid plagiarism.
Call Number: EDUPG 808.027 NEVILLE
Publication Date: 2016
They Say / I Say by This book identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing. It shows students how to frame their arguments as a response to what others have said and provides templates to help them start making the moves. The fourth edition features many NEW examples from academic writing, a NEW chapter on Entering Online Discussions, and a thoroughly updated chapter on Writing in the Social Sciences. Finally, two NEW readings provide current examples of the rhetorical moves in action.
Publication Date: 2018-06-11
A Guide to Publishing for Academics by Most academics still wrestle with the "publish or perish" phenomenon. Based on Dr. Liebowitz's 25 years serving as the editor-in-chief of a leading international journal, along with insights from some of the most knowledgeable journal editors, this book shares key lessons learned to help new professors, doctoral students, and practitioner-scholars increase their chances of being published in selective, refereed international journals. It focuses on the key practices needed to ensure journal publication, with interesting cases and helpful tips sprinkled throughout the book. A Guide to Publishing for Academics provides useful knowledge from leading journal editors of both traditional and online journals, as well as various tiers of journals. Although the focus is mainly in the business and IT areas, much of the guidance provided can cross into other fields. The book contains interesting vignettes and do's and don'ts so that potential authors can understand what goes on behind the scenes once the manuscript arrives on the journal editor's desk. The book provides constructive guidance on choosing what and where to publish, what to consider when writing a title for a paper, how to prepare and submit journal manuscripts, and how to position a paper for publication. It also has valuable information for current and future journal editors, including models of editing and editorial boards, editorial coaching advice, and editing smart practices. With the information in this book, the next generation of academics and practitioner-scholars will be well equipped to overcome the publish or perish phenomenon.
Publication Date: 2015-04-08
Bibliographic Style and Reference Techniques by Written by a seasoned professional, this revised edition is ideal for students and academics involved in writing or editing academic texts. The focus of the book is the Harvard referencing method (author-date method), but the APA method and the running footnotes method are also examined. The book will help the reader achieve greater uniformity and consistency of style in bibliographies and reference techniques within various publications, from assignments, dissertations, and theses to articles for scholarly journals and books. The bibliographic treatment of all types of sources have been extended to include printed as well as electronic and Internet sources. The purpose of the book is not to prescribe rigid instructions, but to provide a set of solid and easy-to-use guidelines. The principles that guide all referencing are: simplicity, uniformity, and clarity. With its wide range of selected examples, this is a user-friendly and indispensable book for authors and editors, at all levels, in diverse subject areas.
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
First Steps in Journal Article Writing by This concise and practical volume guides the reader through the process of article writing for submission to scholarly journals. It provides helpful examples and clarification of the steps involved and will prove to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced researchers. Chapters include selecting a topic, proposal design, research design and methodological considerations, submitting an article for publication and the role of critical readers.
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
How to survive your viva : defending a thesis in an oral examination (3rd ed.) by A concise, practical introduction that equips students with the skills they need to defend their thesis or dissertation.
Publication Date: 2015
Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition by Like its predecessor, the third edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features Language Focus sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities. Among the many changes in the third edition: *newer, longer, and more authentic texts and examples *greater discipline variety in texts (added texts from hard sciences and engineering) *more in-depth treatment of research articles *greater emphasis on vocabulary issues *revised flow-of-ideas section *additional tasks that require students to do their own research *more corpus-informed content *binding that allows the book to lay flat when open. The Commentary (teacher's notes and key) (978-0-472-03506-9) has been revised expanded.
Publication Date: 2012-07-09
How to succeed in your master's and doctoral studies : a South African guide and resource book by This book aims to fill some of the gaps in the current literature. It tries to incorporate some of the South African conditions in higher education, as well as in research in general, into the text, to make it more useful to South African students. The book also attempts to bring together the various dimensions of project management as it applies to postgraduate research. In this sense, it lies somewhere between standard books on research methods (of which there are many excellent ones) and the higher education literature that concentrates purely on the student in his or her relationship with the supervisor.
Call Number: EDUPG 001.42 MOUTON
Publication Date: 2001
Constructing a good dissertation : a practical guide to finishing a Master's, MBA or PhD on schedule by Constructing a Good Dissertation is a practical guide to conceptualising, researching, writing and passing an honours, master's or doctoral dissertation. Its goal is straightforward: To demystify the process of completing a good dissertation. It takes a holistic approach, emphasising the skills needed, how to apply them, and the pitfalls to avoid. The logic underlying the dissertation is consistently emphasised: If one understands the why, the how becomes much easier. Many of the principles discussed apply to other academic work, so the book should also be of benefit to postgraduate students in their written assignments.
Call Number: EDUPG 001.42 HOFSTEE
Publication Date: 2006
Method and research books
Research methodology. (3rd ed.) by
Call Number: EDUPG 658.0072 WELMAN
Publication Date: 2005
Beyond the Numbers by Statistics is required coursework within most teacher certification programs. Beyond the Numbers presents a nonthreatening, practical approach to statistics, providing step-by-step instructions for understanding and implementing the essential components of the subject. Most statistics textbooks geared for education are usually intimidating and meaningless to the average education major. The simple, easy-to-follow explanations in Beyond the Numbers break down complex statistical processes to simple arithmetic computations that can be applied with the confidence that accompanies understanding. Each chapter includes key terms, chapter review questions (and answers), reading lists, and internet resources, including a website designed and updated by the author that provides chapter summaries, tutorials, and PowerPoint presentations to assist in the organisation and presentation of the material.
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
Action Research by The Fourth Edition of Ernest T. Stringer's best-selling Action Research offers easy-to-follow, clear guidelines that enable novice practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of inquiry and applied research. Featuring real-life examples and providing effective solutions that foster understanding of research procedures in real-life contexts, the book offers a simple but highly effective model for approaching action research: Look: building a picture and gathering information, Think: interpreting and explaining, and Act: resolving issues and problems. Using his own experience as a guide, Stringer encourages readers to grapple with the broader political and ethical challenges that frame each inquiry. The author's engaging style makes the book especially relevant to those working with children, young adults, or people in community contexts, and is particularly relevant to those dealing with issues of diversity or with marginalized and disenfranchised groups. Clear, concise, and practical, Stringer's accessible and engaging book is a must for students and professionals in educational, business, health, counseling, and social work settings.
Publication Date: 2013-06-20
An Introduction to Qualitative Research by The definitive guide to the full qualitative research process, from design to dissemination, this is everything you need to understand how good quality research is produced, and how to use and enrich your own work with it. New to this edition: - A new structure follows the research process step-by-step - Brand new chapter on digital methods and social media data explores cutting-edge research - Multi-disciplinary case studies give you real research examples whatever your subject - Focused reading exercises help you explore the literature and build a better bibliography - Integrated online resources, to master the key concepts, discover real research and track your progress An Introduction to Qualitative Research has everything a social science student needs to understand and explore the richness of qualitative research.
Publication Date: 2019-01-16
The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research by The substantially updated and revised Fifth Editionof this landmark handbook presents the state-of-the-art theory and practice of qualitative inquiry. Representing top scholars from around the world, the editors and contributors continue the tradition of synthesizing existing literature, defining the present, and shaping the future of qualitative research. The Fifth Editioncontains 19 new chapters, with 16 revised--making it virtually a new volume--while retaining six classic chapters from previous editions. New contributors to this edition include Jamel K. Donnor and Gloria Ladson-Billings; Margaret Kovach; Paula Saukko; Bryant Keith Alexander; Thomas A. Schwandt and Emily F. Gates; Johnny Saldaña; Uwe Flick; Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Maggie MacLure, and Jasmine Ulmer; Maria Elena Torre, Brett G. Stoudt, Einat Manoff, and Michelle Fine; Jack Bratich; Svend Brinkmann; Eric Margolis and Renu Zunjarwad; Annette N. Markham; Alecia Y. Jackson and Lisa A. Mazzei; Jonathan Wyatt, Ken Gale, Susanne Gannon, and Bronwyn Davies; Janice Morse; Peter Dahler-Larsen; Mark Spooner; and David A. Westbrook.
Publication Date: 2017-02-15
The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research by Presenting the state of the art for the theory and practice of qualitative inquiry, this landmark Handbook has been a publishing phenomenon in the human sciences since it first released in 1994. As with earlier editions, the Fourth Edition is virtually a new volume. Representing the best thinking from top scholars from around the world, the new edition continues the book′s tradition of synthesizing an existing literature, defining the present, and shaping the future of qualitative research. The editors and contributors address issues of social justice and examine how people′s struggles can inform public issues and in turn be transformed into social policy. Their writings are underpinned by a critical framework, and they are committed to addressing inequalities. As with previous editions, their aim is to show how the practices of qualitative research can effect change in the world in positive ways. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research is an absolutely essential reference for any scholar interested in the art, science, and practice of qualitative research, as well as a critical resource for all academic and public libraries.
Publication Date: 2011-04-27
Interviewing As Qualitative Research by Now in its fourth edition, this popular book provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. Using concrete examples of interviewing techniques to illustrate the issues under discussion, this classic text helps readers understand the complexities of interviewing and its connections to broader issues of qualitative research. The text includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of interviewing approaches. Appropriate for individual and classroom use, the new edition has been expanded to include: In Chapter 2, clarification of important phenomenological assumptions that underlie the interviewing approach presented in the book. In Chapter 7, new sections on Long-Distance Interviewing and its implications for the relationship between interviewers and their participants. In Chapter 8, a new section on the pros and cons of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Chapter 9, "The Ethics of Doing Good Work," is a new chapter which discusses the interplay between ethical issues in interviewing and how interviewers carry out their work as researchers. PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS! "A comprehensive perspective of the nature of qualitative inquiry and the art of interviewing." --Theory and Research in Social Education "A good starting point for training new researchers." --The Journal of Higher Education
Publication Date: 2013-01-21
The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Johnny Saldaña's unique and invaluable manual demystifies the qualitative coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. The ideal reference for students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative inquiry, it is essential reading across the social sciences and neatly guides you through the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data. Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, is skillfully explained and carefully exemplified providing a complete toolkit of codes and skills that can be applied to any research project. For each code Saldaña provides information about the method′s origin, gives a detailed description of the method, demonstrates its practical applications, and sets out a clearly illustrated example with analytic follow-up. Now with a companion website, the book is supported by: SAGE journal articles showing coding being applied to real research Sample transcripts highlighting coding techniques Links to CAQDAS sites to introduce relevant software Practical student exercises Links to video and digital content This international bestseller is an extremely usable, robust manual and is a must-have resource for qualitative researchers at all levels. Click here for a listing of Johnny Saldaña′s upcoming workshops.
Publication Date: 2015-12-25
Research at grass roots : for the social sciences and human services professions by “The purpose of Research at grass roots is to accompany the novice researcher, in both the social sciences and human service professions, step by step through the research process. The description of the research process is probably unique in that this view has been developed over at least two decades through work with postgraduate students. The section for experienced researchers is less structured and discusses current topics of interest such as evaluation research, intervention research, participatory action research, and analysis of concepts such as evidence-based practice. The interplay between scientific theory and research, and between research and professional practice, has once again been highlighted. This encompasses important debates for experienced researchers and practitioners, including crucial concepts for novice researchers to master as early as possible in their academic careers. The section dealing with different models for combining quantitative and qualitative styles of research has been updated to include recent debates and developments in the field of mixed methods designs. Both sections dealing with qualitative and quantitative designs and analysis have been substantially revised and updated. We have included contributions from experienced researchers such as Prof. Willem Schurink, a qualitative researcher and doctoral supervisor, Prof. Wim Roestenburg, a senior academic and researcher, and Dr Allen Bartley, an international contributor and expert in statistical analysis. Prof. Minrie Greeff has again provided insight from her vast experience of research interviewing. Salient features of the previous three editions have been retained in order to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of current users of this very successful book.”--Back cover.
Call Number: EDUPG 300.72 RESEARCH
Publication Date: 20114th ed.
Doing Your Literature Review by The literature review is a compulsory part of research and, increasingly, may form the whole of a student research project. This highly accessible book guides students through the production of either a traditional or a systematic literature review, clearly explaining the difference between the two types of review, the advantages and disadvantages of both, and the skills needed. It gives practical advice on reading and organizing relevant literature and critically assessing the reviewed field. Contents include:Using libraries and the internetNote makingPresentationCritical analysisReferencing, plagiarism and copyrightThis book will be relevant to students from any discipline. It includes contributions from both a professor and a librarian, each offering expert advice on either the creation and assessment of literature reviews or the process of searching for information. It is also highlights the increasing importance of the systematic review for many disciplines and presents the specific challenges which it brings.
Publication Date: 2011-03-14
Critical Thinking by Critical Thinking: A Concise Guideis a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through precise and accessible discussion this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one. Key features of the book are: clear, jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation how to avoid common confusions surrounding words such as 'truth', 'knowledge' and 'opinion' how to identify and evaluate the most common types of argument how to spot fallacies in arguments and tell good reasoning from bad chapter summaries, glossaries and useful exercises. This third edition has been revised and updated throughout, with new exercises, and up-to-date topical examples, including: 'real-world' arguments; practical reasoning; understanding quantitative data, statistics, and the rhetoric used about them; scientific reasoning; and expanded discussion of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments by analogy. The Routledge Critical Thinkingcompanion website, features a wealth of further resources, including examples and case studies, sample questions, practice questions and answers, and student activities. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guideis essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Interpreting Qualitative Data by In this fifth edition of his field-defining text, David Silverman, a true guru of qualitative research, walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analyzing qualitative data. The book offers beginners unrivalled hands-on guidance to help them get the best out of a research methods course or research project. New to the fifth edition: A streamlined structure to aid navigation and guide readers smoothly through the research process. A new chapter on generalizing from case-study research which addresses the perennial issue of 'how many cases do you need?' New material on doing qualitative research online and the ethics of internet research. Additional sections covering organizational documents and documents of everyday life, including blogs and diaries. Many more recent case study examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines including business, education, social work and geography as well as health studies. A new and improved companion website, full of additional resources for students and lecturers. This is the perfect companion for all those new to qualitative research.
Publication Date: 2015-02-13
Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design (International Student Edition) by In the Fourth Edition of this bestselling book, John W Creswell and new co-author Cheryl N Poth explore the philosophical underpinnings, history and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and case study - putting them side by side, so that we can see the differences. The authors relate research designs to each of the traditions of enquiry. They compare theoretical frameworks and ways to employ standards of quality, as well as strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative and verifying results. New in this edition: Updated materials on each tradition More on interpretive frameworks and ethics More visual depictions of the five approaches Two new topical articles in Chapter 5, reproduced in full in the appendices.
Publication Date: 2017-04-10
Research Design by This best-selling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co-author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions, key elements of the research process, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. The Fifth Edition includes more coverage of: epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology; case study, PAR, visual and online methods in qualitative research; qualitative and quantitative data analysis software; and in quantitative methods more on power analysis to determine sample size, and more coverage of experimental and survey designs; and updated with the latest thinking and research in mixed methods. SHARE this Comparison of Research Approaches poster with your students to help them navigate the distinction between the three approaches to research.
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches by The bestseller that pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design continues in its Fourth Edition to help students and researchers prepare their plan or proposal for a scholarly journal article, dissertation or thesis.
Call Number: EDUPG 300.72 CRESWELL
Publication Date: 2014 4th ed.
Qualitative Research from Start to Finish, Second Edition by This book will help readers understand the practice of qualitative research--whether they want to do it, teach it, or just learn about it. All the major research phases are encompassed (startup, design, data collection, analysis, and composing), including newly emerging trends. Numerous easy-to-read vignettes show how other scholars have successfully implemented specific procedures. Equally distinctive, the book presents qualitative research as an adaptive craft. The array of choices among different procedures and methods enables readers to customize their own studies and to accommodate different worldviews and genres. New to This Edition: *Stronger discussion of different worldviews (e.g., constructivism, postpositivism, and pragmatism) and how they relate to different methodological choices. *Clearer emphasis on doing a generalized qualitative study, while acknowledging 12 specialized genres (e.g., action-based research, arts-based research, autoethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, and others). *Expanded discussions of different kinds of qualitative study samples and of mixed methods. *New ideas on how to avoid getting stalled when analyzing qualitative data. *Consideration of an additional way of concluding a qualitative study: by taking action. Pedagogical Features *Chapters start with an abstract and end with a suggested exercise. *Key terms and concepts appear in boldface throughout the text and are listed in end-of-chapter recaps as well as in the book's glossary. *Sections within each chapter start with a preview box: "What you should learn from this section." *An appendix presents a semester- or yearlong field-based project.
Publication Date: 2015-07-06
The Literature Review by This Second Edition of Diana Ridley's bestselling guide to the literature review provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and literature review, and guides the reader in how to write up a literature review as part of a PhD thesis or Masters dissertation.Ridley outlines practical strategies for reading and note taking, and guides the reader on how to conduct a systematic search of the available literature, and uses cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice in writing and presenting the review.New to this edition are examples drawn from a wide range of disciplines, a new chapter on conducting a systematic review, increased coverage of issues of evaluating quality and conducting reviews using online sources and online literature and enhanced guidance in dealing with copyright and permissions issues.This book also comes with a companion website containing a wide range of examples of successful literature reviews from a wide range of academic disciplines.
Publication Date: 2012-07-31
Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review by Reviewing the literature is an essential part of every research project. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of approaching your literature review systematically, applying systematic principles to a wide range of literature review types. Through numerous examples, case studies and exercises, the book covers often neglected areas of literature review such as concept analysis, scoping and mapping. The book includes practical tools for supporting the various stages of the review process, including; - managing your literature review - searching the literature - assessing the quality of the literature - synthesising qualitative and/or quantitative data - writing up and presenting data Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review is essential reading for any student or researcher looking to approach their literature review in a systematic way.
Call Number: EDUPG 001.42 BOOTH
Publication Date: 2012-01-24
Practical research : planning and design by For undergraduate or graduate courses that include planning, conducting, and evaluating research. A do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself manual designed to help students understand the fundamental structure of research and the methodical process that leads to valid, reliable results. Written in uncommonly engaging and elegant prose, this text guides the reader, step-by-step, from the selection of a problem, through the process of conducting authentic research, to the preparation of a completed report, with practical suggestions based on a solid theoretical framework and sound pedagogy. Suitable as the core text in any introductory research course or even for self-instruction, this text will show students two things: 1) that quality research demands planning and design; and, 2) how their own research projects can be executed effectively and professionally.
Call Number: EDUPG 001.4 LEEDY
Publication Date: 2014 10th ed.
Educational Research by This is a comprehensive text offering a solid theoretical foundation in all the basic rudiments of research within the discipline of Teacher Education and more broadly the Social Sciences disciplines. The book addresses the specific difficulties faced by African students as experienced by theauthors over many years of teaching and supervising. Pedagogical features facilitate students' understanding of how to apply research tools in practice.
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Research Methods in Education by This rewritten, expanded and updated 7thedition of the long-running bestseller Research Methods in Educationencompasses the whole range of methods currently employed by educational research at all stages. It offers plentiful and rich practical advice, underpinned by clear theoretical foundations, research evidence and up-to-date references. Chapters new to this edition cover: Causation, critical educational research, evaluation and the politics of research, including material on cross-cultural research, mixed methods and participatory research Choosing and planning a research project, including material on sampling, research questions, literature reviews and ethical issues Meta-analysis, research syntheses and systematic reviews Virtual worlds and internet research Using and analysing visual media and data in educational research Organizing and presenting qualitative data, content analysis, coding and computer analysis, themes, narratives, conversations and discourses, grounded theory Understanding and choosing statistical tests, descriptive and inferential statistics, multi-dimensional measurement and factor analysis Research Methods in Educationis essential reading for both the professional researcher and students of education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, who need to understand how to plan, conduct, analyse and use research. The textbook is accompanied by a website: www.routledge.com/textbooks/cohen7e. PowerPoint slides for every chapter contain an outline of the chapter structure followed by a thorough summary of the key points, ideal for both lecturers and students. Within the book a variety of internet resources are referred to and these references have been included here, with links to the websites. A wide range of supplementary documents are available for many chapters, providing additional guidance and examples. They range from guidelines for the contents of a research proposal with a worked example, to screen-print manuals for using SPSS and QSR N6 NUD*IST (exportable to N-Vivo) plus data files.
Publication Date: 2011-04-28
Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education by The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Educationoffers both basic and advanced discussions of data collection, analysis and representation of all the best qualitative methods used in educational research. It contains four comprehensive yet concise sections on perspectives, settings, data collection and data analysis and representation. Authors from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America contribute to a wide-ranging and provocative Handbookthat will inspire novice researchers and re-invigorate experienced scholars. Its 44 well-documented chapters will serve academics and graduate students in educational research across all sectors of education from pre-school to graduate school, and all settings from formal to non-formal. Contributors include:A. Allan, L. Allen, P. Atkinson, C. Bagley, G. Bhatti, R. Bishop, R. Boyask, H. Busher, M. Cortazzi, Z. Corwin, D. Currie, S. Delamont, P. De Vries, M. Dressman, J. Elliott, M. Forsey, A. Gitlin, J. Green, M. Hammersley, J. Holland, R. Holmes, W. Housley, S. Kelly, M. Kusenbach, L. Lucas, A. McLeod, S. Middleton, D. Mills, L. Perez Huber, L. Prior, L. Pugsley, P. Reader, J. Robinson, W.-M. Roth, J. Salisbury, P. Sikes, M. Somerville, K. Stewart, M. Tamboukou, W. Tierney, C. Watson, M.L. White
Publication Date: 2012-02-29
Classroom-Based Research and Evidence-based Practice by This refreshing Second Edition offers a helpful overview of educational research for those training to be teachers, or setting out on classroom-based research projects. The book illustrates the nature and logic of the research process, and supports readers in critically evaluating the strengths and limitations of published studies. Drawing on a variety of relevant examples, the book demonstrates each stage of the research process - including formulating research questions, selecting data collection techniques and deciding on approaches to data analysis - and usefully integrates each stage. The new edition includes: - an expanded treatment of data analysis - new, discrete chapters looking at ethical issues, and at how teachers can research their own classrooms through the use of case studies - discussion of research carried out by trainee teachers. Clear and comprehensive, the examples included in the book demonstrate the range of topics that are suitable for research in the classroom and identify key factors for consideration when undertaking classroom-based research. This book is essential reading for students, researchers, teachers and trainee teachers interested in doing research in the classroom.
Publication Date: 2013-05-29
Research in Education: Pearson New International Edition by This substantially revised text provides a comprehensive, highly accessible, and student friendly introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods currently used in educational research. This text provides a balanced combination of quantitative and qualitative methods and enables students to master skills in reading, understanding, critiquing, and conducting research. Many examples and article excerpts are used throughout the text to demonstrate and highlight best practices in educational research. Evidence-based inquiry is emphasised in two ways: (1) Introductory chapters focus on the added importance of data driven decision-making, (2) Methodological chapters provide explicit guidelines for conducting empirical studies.
Using Case Study in Education Research by This book provides an accessible introduction to using case studies. It makes sense of literature in this area, and shows how to generate collaborations and communicate findings.The authors bring together the practical and the theoretical, enabling readers to build expertise on the principles and practice of case study research, as well as engaging with possible theoretical frameworks. They also highlight the place of case study as a key component of educational research.With the help of this book, graduate students, teacher educators and practitioner researchers will gain the confidence and skills needed to design and conduct a high quality case study.
Publication Date: 2012-12-06