"This book takes a clear approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice, and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills for future employment. Issues examined include how to maximize your academic performance, develop powers of expression, analyze data, write a dissertation, and identify what employers want."—ABSTRACTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTThis book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of University life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability. Topics covered include: " What employers want;" How educational performance can be maximized;" How to maximise powers of expression;" How to analyze data; " What to do and avoid doing in writing a dissertation.Written in an engaging and non-nonsense style, by experienced teachers, the book offers students the perfect one stop guide to making their university study experience count.

Collecting the Data

Collecting the data

Chapter Overview

  • Different types of research strategies.
  • Good practice when collecting data.
  • Sampling and accessing study participants.
  • Ethical considerations.

This chapter concentrates on practical issues related to designing good research. The topic areas that are covered include the range of research strategies that are available with advice about which strategies suit which particular research activities. We also tell you about the different approaches to collecting research evidence as well as how to go about finding people to take part in a study – never an easy task, as anyone who has stood on a shopping mall or high street corner with a clipboard in their hand can testify to! Research generally gives rise to ethical issues and dilemmas, and we give you some advice about ...

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