Making Sense of Social Research Methodology
A Student and Practitioner Centered Approach
- Pengfei Zhao - University of Florida, USA
- Karen Ross - University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
- Peiwei Li - Lesley University, USA
- Barbara Dennis - Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods | Introduction to Research Methods | Qualitative Health & Nursing Research | Qualitative Inquiry | Qualitative Inquiry | Qualitative Methods in Criminal Justice | Qualitative Research in Education | Quantitative Research Methods in Education | Research Design | Research Methods | Research Methods | Research Methods in Social Work |
This text is organized into clusters that center on major topics in social science research. The first cluster introduces concepts that are fundamental to all aspects and steps of the research process. These concepts include relationality, identity, ethics, epistemology, validity, and the sociopolitical context within which research occurs. The second and third clusters focus on data and inference. These clusters engage concretely with steps of the research process, including decisions about designing research, generating data, making inferences. Throughout the chapters, Pause and Reflect open-ended questions provide readers with the space for further inquiry into research concepts and how they apply to life. Research Scenario features in each chapter offer new perspectives on major research topics from leading and emerging voices in methods. Moving from this dialogic perspective to more actionable advice, You and Research features offer students concrete steps for engaging with research. Take your research into the world with Making Sense of Social Research Methodology: A Student and Practitioner Centered Approach.
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An interesting position underpins this text. I think that the use of a project on which to frame the methodology is ambitious. The opportunity to make sense of the 'how to' and the intricacies of applying research to practice is overshadowed by specific project details and the resulting text is confusing. This text is definitely for a more advanced reader, rather than someone new to this methodology.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Our research story: A prelude
Chapter 2: How do we know? That is the question