A Handbook for Social Science Field Research
Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods
- Ellen Perecman
- Sara R. Curran - University of Washington, USA
Case Study Research | Ethnographic Research | Field Research | Focus Group Research | General Research Aids | Intermediate/Advanced Qualitative Research | Intermediate/Advanced Research Methods | Interviewing (Qualitative Research) | Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods | Introduction to Research Methods | Narrative Research | Qualitative Data Analysis | Qualitative Inquiry | Research Design | Research Methods | Research Methods in Education | Research Methods in Sociology | Survey Research |
- Offers real life guidance: Personal "tales from the field" by renowned social science scholars exemplify how fieldwork requires adaptation, adoption, and flexibility with regards to methodological approaches. In addition, thoughtful commentaries on how to conduct research and pursue a research career in the social sciences offer guidance on making difficult research and career choices.
- Highlights vital bibliographic references: Bibliographies of critical texts help guide researchers as they broaden their methodological approaches and develop their research skills. This is not your ordinary reference list, but a compilation of the top classics and current, but soon-to-be classics, in the field of social science research.
- Addresses ethical concerns: Discussions of ethical concerns are presented throughout the collection, as well as a stand-alone essay on ethical considerations in field-based research. Explicit attention throughout the collection to ethical concerns is rare among methodology texts, but required as field work becomes more complex and concerns about human subjects' safety grow.
Ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate social science methods courses, where there is a growing demand for multiple methods or mixed methods training; as well as a perfect, lightweight handbook for all researchers and professionals interested in having a comprehensive collection of bibliographic information for social science research
"This well-written book has much to recommend it. It would be interesting, useful, supplementary reading for doctoral students, and other relatively inexperienced researchers."
What an excellent book. There is a sense of authoritative confidence in every chapter, and the bibliographical sections are first rate for young researchers.
There are some useful chapters in this but I found that overall it is too influenced by post-structuralist perspectives and not sufficiently focused or practical in some areas. Disappointing as a book like this is a useful corrective to other texts in the field.
The methods course I teach is based in science and technology studies. I very much like this book, however the exemplars do not match my course. For this reason, I don't think it is suitable for the specificites of my class.
Excellent resource for beginning quualitative researchers