This book offers a comprehensive and rounded view of research as a tool for logical problem-solving. It is built on the philosophical-pragmatic foundation that the value of knowledge and research methodologies lies in their usefulness in engaging with the real world.
Basic Research Methods: An Entry to Social Science Research synthesizes both positivist and non-positivist methodologies. It is for students who are undertaking their first social science research course or their first research project. The techniques are basic ones, but many masters and doctoral research studies use them. From an experiential base, students would be able to build a more advanced conceptual and theoretical understanding of research through further reading and practice.
The book covers both quantitative and qualitative methods. It discusses policy-applied-pure-action model of research, treatment of participatory research as an ethical rather than a methodological issue, inclusion of project evaluation as a type of case study, addition of binary measurement to the standard classification, practical use of Microsoft Excel for analysis of both words and numbers, a building block approach to writing, and the author's own thoughts on application of research.
Real-life examples from different subject areas in Asia are used in this concise textbook, which has been written in an engaging language, adopting the inductive approach.
Section 2: Data Collection
The second section of this book is about research methods and data collection techniques, which are critical parts of research design. At this point in your project, you should have a good draft of the literature review and methodology in your research proposal and you should now move into this section to select methods and techniques.
This is the longest section in the book because it is convenient to consider both methods and the variety of techniques together. You need to gain an understanding of your options before deciding which will best provide the data you need. You can then use other textbooks that give more details on particular methods or which provide specialist techniques not covered here.
Whatever the method, the chances are ...