Colin Robson Real World Research

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Real World Research

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9781405182409: Real World Research

Real world research is a common responsibility of professionals and practitioners in a wide range of both public and private settings.  These include teachers, social workers and health service professionals, managers and specialists in business, architects, designers, criminologists and accountants among many others.

 

Real World Research provides a clear route-map of the various steps needed to carry out a piece of applied research to a high professional standard.  It is accessible to those without a social science background while providing rigorous and fully up-to-date coverage of contemporary issues and debates.  It brings together materials and approaches from different social science disciplines, seeing value in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as their combination in mixed-method designs.

Updated throughout, the third edition includes:

  • A brand new chapter on multi-strategy designs
  • Increased coverage of ethical issues
  • A chapter on writing a project proposal
  • Discussion of internet-based research - both as a research tool and as a subject for research
  • Coverage of evidence-based approaches - seeking to present a balanced assessment of their value

Colin Robson's bestselling textbook is essential reading for many higher education courses, at both undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral level, as well as practitioners and others carrying out a research project as part of their job.  A very extensive website, which is closely keyed in to the text, provides additional resources including copious examples of research and further discussion of research issues, links to other useful resources and selected journal articles, annotated lists of further reading and an extensive set of PowerPoint slides.

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This successful text furnishes students with the skills necessary to conduct research outside the laboratory, in real world situations. For the second edition, the text has been thoroughly revised in order to bring it right up to date, and to make it as useful as possible for teachers and students from a range of behavioral and social science disciplines. Changes for the new edition include: Examples and references have been updated, and new examples have been drawn in from the fields of applied psychology, applied social science, health studies, social work and education. Greater emphasis has been placed on flexible designs using largely qualitative methods, including additional coverage of ethnographic and grounded theory approaches. Critical discussion is included of the place of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and statistical significance testing in fixed, quantitative design research The quantitative analysis section is now based around the current version of SPSS, while the section on qualitative analysis is now based around the NUD*IST software. Material has been added on combining quantitative and qualitative approaches. The author has situated the material more clearly within theoretical conceptualizations of the nature of social science research, pointing to the advantages of a critical realist approach. The text now incorporates more on tests and test theory. Improvements to the pedagogical material include the addition of a glossary and detailed cross-referencing across chapters. For sample chapters please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/robson

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This successful text furnishes students with the skills necessary to conduct research outside the laboratory, in real world situations.

For the second edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated to make it as useful as possible for teachers and students from a range of behavioral and social science disciplines.

Features of this new edition include:


  • Updated examples and references, and new examples drawn in from the fields of applied psychology, applied social science, health studies, social work and education.
  • Greater emphasis on flexible designs using largely qualitative methods, including additional coverage of ethnographic and grounded theory approaches.
  • Critical discussion of the place of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and statistical significance testing in fixed, quantitative design research
  • The quantitative analysis section is based around version 10 of SPSS, while the section on qualitative analysis is based around the NUD*IST software.
  • Additional material on combining quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Material more clearly situated within theoretical conceptualizations of the nature of social science research, pointing to the advantages of a critical realist approach.
  • More incorporation of tests and test theory.
  • Improvements to the pedagogical material such as the addition of a glossary and detailed cross-referencing across chapters.

For sample chapters please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/robson

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