- Subject index
"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.
Chapter 3: Choosing a Topic and the Research Proposal
It is often argued that the qualitative method of inquiry is unscientific, Harré (1997) notes that it is not always clear just what is meant by such a criticism. Qualitative methods of data collection and analysis may not lead to numerical results; however, as the following chapters will demonstrate, they are nevertheless of great precision. Compared to quantitative methods of inquiry, qualitative research has less agreement on what constitutes the essentials due to the diversity of the field, and the differing guiding qualitative paradigms. In writing this section I chose to include methods and techniques that the undergraduate psychology student can use for their project.
Chapter 17, Qualitative Methods of Inquiry, is a brief chapter dealing with qualitative approaches ...