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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.

Using the Results
Using the results

You might have though that doing research is hard—and it is—but now we get to the really hard part. The difficulty is in persuading others to take our advice. Often, we fail in this task. We might think that our research is the pinnacle of intellectual achievement, but others might dismiss our work because they feel that we are obsessive–compulsives and also, arrogant about it.

The solution to obtaining action on research findings, and it is only a partial one, is just the same as in defining the research problem. You are more likely to be successful if you break down a large problem into smaller ones and deal with them one by one. Succeeding in the real world with slow ...

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