This is a practical, student focused text that gets students through a research project using a step by step approach. Containing a balance of theory and practice materials, the text has plenty of learning support and activity features as well as short case study materials focused on how and why researchers have conducted investigations in the past. This book meets the needs of students of Health and Social Care, Sociology, Social Policy and Psychology, and those doing a research project for the first time as part of an HND os similar course.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Getting ready for research: what is a research investigation?; types of research investigation; theoretical approaches to research; how will your research be judged?. Part 2 Preparing for your project: identifying a topic or area of interest; obtaining and reviewing background information; identifying a research question or hypothesis; deciding on research design and strategy; surveys; experiments; case studies; action research; research designs; selecting data collection methods; participant observation; thinking about ethics; detailed planning and the research proposal. Part 3 Obtaining and working with data: collecting primary data; making sense of your data. Part 4 Putting it all together: writing a research report; referencing your research; appendix - evaluating research reports.
Mark Walsh is an experienced author of GNVQ textbooks and lead author Social Policy and Welfare. He is also a lecturer in Health, Care and Sociology and a senior mental health nurse.