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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (14 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403993793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403993793
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was born and brought up in an atmosphere of respectable poverty - the son of a blind Unitarian minister who wrote and read his sermons in braille. The liberal religious influence has stayed with me throughout my professional and academic career, and underpins my hostility towards any tendency in social work towards intolerance and dogma - a philosophical approach that I spelt out in 'The Essential Social Worker'.

I graduated in Social Science at Liverpool University: those three years had an almost magical impact on me. I had struggled at school, and to discover that there were academic subjects that truly excited me - cultural anthropology, sociology, social psychology - was a revelation. From the day I arrived in the Abercrombie Square department to the present time, my inner self has revelled in the continuing application of social science theory and knowledge to the world about me. It is still what I do every day in my writing and editing.

When I read contemporary advice about the importance of having a carefully planned career plan, I smile to myself and remember how, on graduation, I went down to London and drifted into LSE for coffee where I saw a scruffy type-written notice inviting people to apply for temporary work as an unqualified probation officer. I'd never planned to go down that route, but I loved the work and eventually moved to the Home Office, where I was able to spend seven years doing social psychology research into probation practice.

For 31 years I was a social work academic in Manchester and Norwich. I retired in 2002, and I love being old.

I had radical surgery for cancer in 2009, I dedicated 'Social Work with Adults' to the surgeon "without whose skill and tenaciousness the book would not have been conceived, let alone taken to completion".

I'm glad to be alive.





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'This is one of the most clearly written and engaging books for the beginning researcher I have encountered. It is a practical, no-nonsense and encouraging book as well.' - Elizabeth Watson, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
 

'This is an excellent book which will capture the enthusiasm and interest of the students it is aimed at.' - Professor David Shemmings, Middlesex University, UK
 

'...anyone carrying out research for a project... and turning the results of that research into a report would benefit from this guide.' - Oxfam Development Resource Review
 
'The book is readable and accessible; paragraphs of information are interspersed with examples from students' projects and warnings of pitfalls...Doing a successful research project takes the reader through all aspects of research. The emphasis is on rigour, but the author is cheerfuly emphatic about keeping life simple.' Sara Perren, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

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Carrying out a research project is a daunting task. It presents
you with deadline anxieties, unfamiliar language and practical dilemmas.
This book is a straighforwarard guide that will help you manage your
research project successfully.

Doing a Successful Research Project:
- offers all the guidance, support and advice you need when tackling a
research project for the first time; like having a tutor permanently at
your side.
- takes you through the entire research process from planning, through
desuign and implementation, to completion and write-up.
- provides realistic and balanced advice at every stage of teh process,
enabling you to makr sound decisions with confidence.
- includes extensive real-life examples of good and bad reserach practice,
demonstrating the best way to succeed.

Clear and easy-to-use, this non-nonsense textbook will prove indispensable
as you learn about research methods and embark on your firstresearch
project.
to speak to the author himself and access further handy hints and
resources.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Simmons on 22 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a great place to start for anyone who wishes to carry out a research project. Taking a practical and down-to-earth view of research, the author covers all aspects of quantitative and qualitative research, with clearly laid-out examples and illustrations. This book is an excellent resource for research students at any level, and contains many references for their future work. Very readable: highly recommended. (First year PhD research student)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. White on 9 April 2010
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I purchased this book prior to completing my first ever research project for my Masters course. It has been extremely helpful to me throughout my project and it is written using an informal yet engaging style. After reading the first few pages I was instantly impressed- my fears in relation the daunting research I was about to embark on were alleviated! I would recommend this to anyone who is new to research and requires a book that clearly defines all the important areas for consideration, in a very accessible format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Z. Decker on 15 Dec. 2009
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I found this book extrenmely useful when studying for my degree.
Helpful hints and measures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graduate810 on 26 Nov. 2013
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This is a fantastic book, perfect for uni students, especially for undergraduates conducting research like myself. I had never heard of this book until I spotted it in the library, and after the 2-week loan was over I decided to order my own copy. It uses (student-friendly!) language instead of jargon, and gives fantastic advice for dissertation-writing including finding a methodology that would be right for you. However, it's not JUST limited to qualitative and quantitative methods as the title might imply; it's given me some very valuable insight into the right steps to take in my project as a whole, such as how to go about choosing your research question, how to conduct pilot surveys, and how to bind all your work together at the end. And for people who can't stand big heavy textbooks like me, you'll love just how compact this is, with only 273 pages, including the preface! I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY recommend this, it is THE most perfect little book for final year projects that I've ever seen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hercules Aviator on 7 April 2013
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I bought this as part of my studies for a BSc. It helped me question my tutor. This process worked for me as I decided how to go about my research.
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Very brief / basic information. If you are undertaking an undergraduate degree you already have that information. I didn't learn anything new from this book.
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It describes what a research project requires and what is expected per section. It just makes planning your research easy.
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