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The Researcher's Toolkit : The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research - David Wilkinson

The Researcher's Toolkit

The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research

By: David Wilkinson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th September 2000
ISBN: 9780415215664
Number Of Pages: 156

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The Researcher's Toolkit is a practical rather than an academic text for all those undertaking, perhaps for the first time, small-scale research. Written by an experienced team of practising researchers, it covers the entire research process - from designing and submitting a research proposal through to its completion. This book is suitable for all researchers, but is particularly designed for those practitioner-based researchers from the fields of education, social work, nursing, criminal justice and community work.

This fresh new idea for those conducting small-scale research comes from a team of practising researchers who possess a broad range of experiences and knowledge of research design, execution and completion. They write in a user-friendly style that those researchers new to the subject will find easy to follow and understand. It will act both as a roadmap to planning, execution and completing research and also as a dip-in reference guide. Using features such as activity boxes to highlight key concepts and short summary boxes to indicate fundamental elements of the research area under discussion, this accessible book will be of great value to all who read it.

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'The Researcher's Toolkit provides the start-up information needed for those new to research ... It provides a sound building block from which researchers will be able to move more confidently forward and hone their research skills be they an undergraduate or postgraduate, or needing to address a research project approach whilst in employment.' - Education and Training

List of figuresp. xi
List of contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Issues in researchp. 1
Research: what's it got to do with me?p. 1
What is the purpose of research?p. 2
What is the nature of social research?p. 6
Stages in the researchp. 9
Some preliminary considerationsp. 10
Conclusionp. 12
References and further readingp. 12
Planning the researchp. 15
The importance of planningp. 15
Framing your questionsp. 16
Commissioned researchp. 18
Exploring the literaturep. 19
Developing a strategyp. 19
Collecting and analysing datap. 21
Drawing conclusionsp. 21
Writing and submitting your reportp. 23
References and further readingp. 23
Reviewing the literaturep. 25
The purpose of carrying out a literature reviewp. 25
Locating the literaturep. 29
Selecting appropriate literature and maintaining literature notesp. 31
Aggregating literature materialp. 33
Critically analysing the literaturep. 33
Example of a literature reviewp. 36
References and further readingp. 39
Research instrumentsp. 41
Introductionp. 41
Questionnairesp. 42
One-to-one interviewsp. 47
Focus group interviewsp. 49
Ethnographyp. 50
Diariesp. 51
Content analysisp. 53
Using computers with research instrumentsp. 54
References and further readingp. 54
Finding and locating informationp. 55
Introductionp. 55
Where to startp. 57
Locating information and information resourcesp. 58
A literature search strategyp. 71
Note-takingp. 74
Referencingp. 74
References and further readingp. 75
Analysing datap. 77
Introductionp. 77
Classifying datap. 78
Qualitative datap. 79
The coding framep. 79
Quantitative datap. 81
Descriptive analysisp. 81
Inferential analysisp. 94
Reporting the analysis of datap. 95
References and further readingp. 96
Completing the research projectp. 97
The process of writing-upp. 97
Motivationp. 98
Organisingp. 100
Time managementp. 101
Targeting your audiencep. 103
Style of the reportp. 105
Structure of the reportp. 106
Referencesp. 108
Obtaining and acting on feedbackp. 110
Submission and publicationp. 112
References and further readingp. 115
Researching in schools: case studies based on three research projectsp. 117
Introduction: the case studiesp. 117
Developing workable research proposalsp. 118
The school yearp. 121
Recruiting the schoolsp. 122
Working with the schoolsp. 125
Confidentialityp. 127
Rewarding the schoolsp. 128
Dissemination of findingsp. 129
Conclusionp. 130
References and further readingp. 130
Indexp. 133
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ISBN: 9780415215664
ISBN-10: 0415215668
Series: Routledge Study Guides
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 28th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.15  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1

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