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Developing Effective Research Proposals

Developing Effective Research Proposals [Kindle Edition]

Keith F. Punch
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`It has much to offer people writing proposals for any purpose. The book's great asset is an open mind on many of the hobby horses ridden so vehemently by unidimensional researchers. Rather than becoming embroiled in, for example the quantitative versus qualitative debate, it sensibly argues for research questions themselves to govern the choice of method. A proposal may, perfectly legitimately, mix methods from both paradigms... It is an invaluable companion manual for supervisors, research students, and even professionals who write proposals for money. A small amount spent on it will enhance the chance of greater returns in the future' - British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management

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Successful research requires effective and thorough preparation. In this expanded and updated Second Edition of Developing Effective Research Proposals, author Keith F. Punch offers an indispensable guide to the issues involved in proposal development and in presenting a well-considered plan for the execution of research. Dealing with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research across the social sciences, the Second Edition comprehensively covers the topics and concerns relevant to the subject and is organized around three central themes: What is a research proposal, who reads proposals and why; How can we go about developing a proposal?; and What might a finished proposal look like?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z85ITG
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Keith Punch is Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia. After teaching French, German and Mathematics in Western Australian secondary schools, he obtained his Ph D in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1967. For the next 40 or so years, he taught in universities primarily in Canada and Australia, but also in the USA, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

In addition to publishing numerous research articles in international refereed journals, he is the author of several books on research methodology. A specialist in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, he has taught research methodology for many years, and has supervised many graduate research students. He has also consulted widely to governments and the private sector. In addition to his teaching and research, from 1996-2010 he was Director of International Programs for the Graduate School of Education at UWA. In this capacity, he established and managed transnational Master of Education and Doctor of Education programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Republic of the Philippines, and Malaysia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The handbook to have! 11 April 2010
By Sue
This book is really straightforward and a helpful guide if you are having the arduous task of writing a research proposal. The examples of proposals section at the back is great. The book covers qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased with my purchase! 20 July 2010
By magic
This book is one of the best purchases I have ever made! It is very helpful if you are doing your M.Sc. and want to organize your research proposal. Written in simple words but really organized and with examples that clarify your inquiries. Do not hesitate to buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone starting a PhD 5 Oct 2011
By Anna
Well written and concise, this book guides the reader through the process of developing a coherent research plan and writing an effective proposal. It is mainly intended for social science research (no matter if qualitative or quantitative), but I do think that it may be of interest also for researchers in other fields. Even if you already have written your proposal and got it accepted, this book remains a useful tool for organizing your thoughts during your research, in view of the final dissertation, and for future research activities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 8 July 2012
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So glad I bought this book. In the midst of writing my MSc. nursing research proposal and it has helped me no end. The book explains in a clear and concise way the theory and application of research as well as showing examples of proposals in the back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 31 May 2014
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Excellent book. The condition was very good for a used book. Would recommend for any one doing a degree course. This is a superb book for research proposals and disertations.
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