A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
- Ranjit Kumar - University of Western Australia, Australia
Big Data | Research Methods | Research Methods
Designed with students, for students and now shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2019!
Eight steps, two pathways, one book. The Fifth Edition of the bestseller Research Methodology has reimagined, redesigned, and fully renovated how a textbook can help students achieve success in their methods course or research project.
Eight steps: Foolproof for any beginner researcher, the book breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into achievable stages. It delivers students from research problem to their written research report at the pace they need, with clear explanations, DIY tasks and study skills support.
In a new landscape format it presents figures, models and visualizations elegantly, so they don't break over a page, making even complex concepts easier to understand.
Two pathways: With an innovative, beautiful design, regular progress checkpoints have been built into the book and its online resources. As students proceed through the 8 steps, each chapter provides regular opportunities for students to check understanding or give themselves a challenge. Each pathway then gives them the resources they need.
- Confused? Stop, practise with quizzes and flashcards, or use a video to look at a concept a different way.
- Up for a challenge? Access a wealth of additional material including research articles, readings, case studies, activities, bibliography tools and inspiration to pursue your curiosity, impress your lecturer, and nail your assignments.
With this one book, every student gets what they need to succeed. It is the perfect essential text for students and beginner researchers across the social sciences.
This is an excellent resource on research methodology and very accessible for the students I teach.
This is an excellent book BUT this edition is HIDEOUS.
It is a weird shape and won't fit well on our library shelves. One of my students mentioned she keeps her's on the floor.
The text is at times pink on pink or blue on blue and the contrast is terrible - that's an accessibility issue.
On a more subjective note, the fonts and the neons look like someone was trying to be cool and trendy and it smacks of 'hello fellow kids'. Fire the graphic designer.
I have suggested that my students buy 4th eds used if possible as it looks like a grow-up book for adults, and will fit on a bookshelf, and is actually LEGIBLE especially if they have any eye issues, colour blindness or specific learning difficulties
Standard classic text - appropriate for any level of study.
Excellent overview of concepts and terminology.
A colourful and easy to use text book which I think the students will enjoy.
Fantastic research book. Very easy to read, well laid out and informative
An extremely detailed yet accessible introduction to conducting and evaluating research in a variety of subjects. This is a really helpful resource for students and is presented in an engaging manner.
I am no longer the course leader for this module but this is the best book on the market It is so well structured and very informative in an easier to read format than many other books on this topic
Great overview of research in a user friendly presentation, love the bright colours and unusual landscape layout.
Love this book. Very useful to dip in an out of and is bright and engaging. Clearly defined chapters with a good range of practical activities and exercises to reinforce learning. Student friendly and the bonus of online resources.
I will order this book for our library. The book caught my attention in order to be use by master students of music, which are essentially all beginning researchers; some of them have quite a bit of trouble connecting a research project to their artistic and professional practice in music or larger cultural practice, which is most essential for how we envision research in our master programme.
The most positive points considering this book are certainly its readability and its visual appearance, with especially the latter being excellent. The chapters are written in a very clear way and should provide students with enough guidance to make steps in the research trajectories.
The critical point concerning our context of the arts is the disctinction in qualitative and quantitative research design. I certainly do understand this choice, but from the perspective of the arts this is slightly outdated and difficult to maintain, especially concerning aspects of "emergent design" that are relatively common in artistic research projects. But nevertheless, a welcome and excellent addition to the present literature.