Offering an encyclopedic introduction to research, this book shows students how to think about every stage of their project and equips them with the tools they need to understand different research processes.
Packed with examples showing the diversity of research, this third edition provides hands-on guidance to help students: •Develop key academic skills like critical thinking, effective writing and building an argument •Confidently interpret findings, assess arguments and understand the wider impact of their research •Understand the challenges and opportunities involved in working with new types of data like social media and online data.
Supported by a dynamic new website with downloadable templates, case studies, dos and don’ts videos and more, this practical book prepares students for not just getting to grips with methodological concepts, but being ready to apply them.
Part I: Orientation Chapter 1: Why Social Research? Chapter 2: Worldviews in Social Research Chapter 3: Ethical Issues in Social Research Chapter 4: From Research Idea to Research Question Part II: Planning and Design Chapter 5: Reading and Reviewing the Literature Chapter 6: Planning Social Research: Steps in the Research Process Chapter 7: Designing Social Research Part III: Method Selection Chapter 8: Deciding on Your Methods Chapter 9: Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part IV: Working with Data Chapter 10: Using Existing Data Chapter 11: Collecting Data Chapter 12: Analyzing Data Part V: Reflection and Writing Chapter 13: What is Good Research? Evaluating Your Research Project Chapter 14: Writing up Research and Using Results
This continues to be a stand-out resource for students who are undertaking their first social research project, and this edition brings many welcome updates. Particularly welcome are the strengthening of the section on ethics, and the integration of online and digital research throughout the text.
Uwe Flick is a professor of qualitative research at Freie Universit+ñt Berlin, Germany. He is a psychologist and sociologist and holds a PhD from Freie Universit+ñt Berlin. He has been professor at Alice Salomon University (Berlin) and at University of Vienna, Austria. His main research interests include qualitative methods, access to labor market for refugees and after migration, social representations of health, vulnerability, youth homelessness, and technological change in everyday life. He editedTheSAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Analysis (SAGE, 2014),TheSAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection(SAGE, 2018), The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit (2nd ed. SAGE, 2018). He is the author ofIntroducing Research Methodology: A Beginner's Guide to Doing a Research Project (2nd ed., SAGE, 2015),Designing Qualitative Research (2nd ed., SAGE, 2018),Doing Grounded Theory (SAGE, 2018),Doing Triangulation and Mixed Methods (SAGE, 2018), and, most recently, of An Introduction to Qualitative Research (6th ed., SAGE, 2018).