Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.
Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.
Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.
Chapter 4: What Kind of Researcher Are You?
What Kind of Researcher Are You?
Connecting empiricism and theories
The truth is out there – or is it in here? Positivism and relativism
Deductive versus inductive approaches
Scientific knowledge: Scientific method?
Truth and knowledge, four perspectives: Popper, Kuhn, Foucault, Hill Collins
Why research? The personal character of social research
Motivation and autobiography
The politics of intellectuals
Connecting social knowledge to professional development
Connecting research and policy
‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and ...