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.
Chapter 17: Social Science English
Social Science English
More than anything else, the quality of your research will be judged by your final written report. Obviously, a good report must be based on good research, but a poor report will reduce the credibility of the research no matter how good the research design, the data collection techniques and the data analysis.
There are two broad styles of English writing. One is literary prose. In writing for literary purposes, much emphasis is placed on demonstrating the author's power with language. A wide vocabulary, literary allusion, deliberate ambiguity, metaphor and simile and long, well-controlled sentences are often taken as signs of good prose. In scientific writing, on the other hand, quality is assessed by accuracy and lack of ambiguity. There should ...