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Researching Real-World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquiry

by Zina O'Leary (Oz) SAGE Publications Ltd
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This is the perfect book for any student new to Research Methods. It is brilliantly written, witty, and always easy to understand.

Taking as her starting point the need for students to conduct research for themselves in the `real world', Zina O'Leary guides those new to research through the whys and how-tos of the entire research process. Always student-focused, this book offers a hands on and practical guide to the research process from the initial process of coming up with a good question, via methods of gathering information, through to the writing process itself. Researching Real World Problems:

- Makes the entire research process a meaningful experience

- Provides a jargon-busting hands-on guide to the entire research process

- Is illustrated throughout with real-life examples

- Speaks directly to the needs of the new researcher

- Locates the researcher and research process at heart of a complex web of social structures

Provides via the Companion Website, PowerPoint slides that cover all 12 chapters of the book. They can be printed out as separate transparencies or used in PowerPoint based lectures. They would also be suitable for applications in e-learning/ web-based teaching.

O'Leary draws her examples from the full range of the Social Sciences, and this is the perfect text for any student in Health, Education or Applied Social Science.

PART ONE: ORIENTATION TO RESEARCHING REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS Researching Real-World Problems PART TWO: LAYING FOUNDATIONS From Real Problems to Researchable Questions Preparing to Research Real-World Problems Striving for Integrity in the Research Process The Quest for 'Respondents' Selecting Appropriate Data Collection Methods PART THREE: RESEARCHING PROBLEMS Understanding Problems The Quest for Solutions Research that Moves from Knowledge to Action Evaluating Change PART FOUR: MAKING MEANING/MAKING A DIFFERENCE Analyzing and Interpreting Data Producing Research 'Deliverables'

Dr Zina O'Leary is a senior lecturer with a background in sociology that sees her interested in social theory, social movements, change management and research methods. At present her attentions are strongly directed in teaching and scholarship in the area of research methodologies. Zina is interested in developing research protocols that can be best described as practical approaches to real-world problems. She has authored three research methods texts for Sage Publications: aThe Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Projecta (2009); aResearching Real World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquirya (2005); and aThe Essential Guide to Doing Researcha (2004). She is also author of aThe Social Science Jagron Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Knowa (2007). Zina is the Research Advisor for the Centre for Environmental Heath Development, a WHO collaborating Centre, and has contributed to several Centre projects in the Western Pacific region.