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Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches (Essential Resource Books for Social Research) [Paperback]

Keith F Punch
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15 Mar 2005 0761944176 978-0761944171 Second Edition
`This book offers an excellent description of quantitative and qualitative design and analysis taught in the context of three inquiry pathways: knowledge development, social inquiry, and social research. Furthermore, it provides an excellent overview of both quantitative and qualitative methods with regard to their different epistemologies, methods and techniques. Additionally, Punch provides (a) information guiding students in the use of computers for quantitative and qualitative analysis and (b) a wide range of illustrative examples to give the book a practical flavour.... I would not hesitate to recommend it to my undergraduate students' - Forum: Qualitative Social Research (www.qualitative-research.net)

`A carefully crafted introduction to social research methodology. The author guides the reader through the research process in a comprehensive and logical way which is particularly helpful for the new researcher. A great resource for anyone involved in social research - novice or experienced' - Dr Mary Kellett, Open University

Building on the success of An Introduction to Social Research, this Second Edition has been fully revised and updated to provide a broader coverage of a range of methodological approaches for third year and postgraduate students across the social sciences.

New features include:

- Wider coverage of qualitative research methods, including sections on action research and discourse analysis.

- More pedagogical features such as student exercises and illustrative examples to ensure this is a practical, student-friendly guide.

- More in-depth examination of the ethical issues involved in social research.

A comprehensive and accessible introduction to qualitative, quantitative and mixed empirical methods, An Introduction to Social Research is an ideal starting point for all students and researchers in the social sciences.



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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (15 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761944176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761944171
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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`This is a book which teachers of research methods will love as a reference text. Beginning as well as established researchers will benefit from the informative overview of the basic concepts and latest issues in mixed methods' - British Journal of Educational Psychology

`Valuable advice to the beginning (and the not so experienced) social researcher. It represents a valuable resource for those who are writing research proposals, for those at the start of their research projects, and also for those who are further along the research line' - Sociological Research Online

`A wonderful addition to research literature on methods in the social sciences. I will use it with my students. I especially appreciate how Punch combines quantitative and qualitative and provides frameworks for comparing and thinking across research methodologies. He is to be congratulated on an especially fine text' - John Creswell, University of Nebraska

`This is an important contribution to the literature on social science research methods. I will use this book as an excellent starting point in research training' - John Hattie, University of North Carolina and University of Auckland

`Comprehensive, covers all the essentials for the beginning researcher. It has a good mix of methods, is very easy to read, and written in a clear user-friendly tone. The illustrations are great. I would recommend it to any research student' - Anne McMurray, Griffith University and Chair, Royal College of Nursing Research Society, Australia

`This book covers the essentials of both quantitative and qualitative research in a logical, balanced and accessible way, using many examples and an easy-to-understand view of research. It is a great book for graduate students in all areas of social science and it should be on the shelf of all researchers' - Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Keith F. Punch is a social research expert and was Winthrop Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Western Australia.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book is written for the newcomer to research and is very clear and concise. It gave me an understanding which I had lacked from other books. I would recommend this book if you would like to know about quantitaive and qualitiative social research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Big Jim
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This book is for sure a good introduction for quntitative and qualitative research, but it can do more also for researchers with some experience. It is close to the praxis of empirical methods and explains away from the theory how to do things. It is much better than the most introductions I read and also less confusing than a lot of the specialized books for quantitative methods. It is more than just an introduction as it puts together all important terms and shows the difference and how to use them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 2 Oct 2012
By Lieke
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For someone with some background in social research, it's probably a good overview, but for a complet beginner like me, it was not very helpful. There were not very many examples and some topic were covered so superficially that I did not manage to grasp the concept.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not exactly what I was expecting 24 April 2014
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the book is in good condition although has a few comments and pages highlighted it doesn't attract from the information. the contents of the book were not what I was expecting, a lot more reading than i have time to do. Other than that it is fine and would probably suit a student not coming up to exam time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the front page! 9 Dec 2013
By Aj
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This book rovides knowledge and simple descriptions for social research- concentrating on qualitative and quantitative research and their differences. It is a perfect company for social science studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, easy and concise 27 Oct 2013
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A very good, clear and easy to read/utilise book. This book fitted in with my OU studying very well and was very useful throughout the course and during my revision.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Most boring book ever? 8 May 2012
By KatieJ
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I needed this book for a course I am studying but I would say that unless you really need it then don't bother, it's a long slow read and things are not always easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars introduction to social research....Punch 20 Feb 2012
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I recieved this book speedily and in good condition. The book itself is in my opinion not for total beginners!! Very confusing in it's style of writing the author jumps backwards and forwards between chapters. I am studying a degree course and have visited research previously in my studies and i have come across other books that are far more clear and concise. However if you have a previous background knowledge this book will build on this.
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