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Real World Research 3e [Paperback]

Colin Robson
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4 Mar 2011 1405182407 978-1405182409 3rd Edition
Real world research is a common responsibility of professionals and practitioners in a wide range of both public and private settings. These include teachers, social workers and health service professionals, managers and specialists in business, architects, designers, criminologists and accountants among many others.

Real World Research provides a clear route-map of the various steps needed to carry out a piece of applied research to a high professional standard. It is accessible to those without a social science background while providing rigorous and fully up-to-date coverage of contemporary issues and debates. It brings together materials and approaches from different social science disciplines, seeing value in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as their combination in mixed-method designs.

Updated throughout, the third edition includes:
  • A brand new chapter on multi-strategy designs
  • Increased coverage of ethical issues
  • A chapter on writing a project proposal
  • Discussion of Internet-based research - both as a research tool and as a subject for research
  • Coverage of evidence-based approaches - seeking to present a balanced assessment of their value

Colin Robson's bestselling textbook is essential reading for many higher education courses, at both undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctorate level, as well as practitioners and others carrying out a research project as part of their job. A very extensive website, which is closely keyed in to the text, provides additional resources including copious examples of research and further discussion of research issues, links to other useful resources and selected journal articles, annotated lists of further reading and an extensive set of PowerPoint slides.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (4 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405182407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405182409
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This wonderfully comprehensive book tells you all you need to know about doing applied social research, whether you are a newcomer or an established researcher. It includes all the crucial bits that standard research methods textbooks leave out: what happens after all the data collection and analysis – and why do it at all? Colin Robson writes in a friendly and accessible style, very much in the real world, and the book is so well structured that it is easy to dip in and out, to take exactly what you want from it.” Professor Sonia Jackson, University of London

“This book is the best general resource that I know of for those wanting to conduct research in the “real world.” The writing is clear and accessible, the coverage is remarkable for its comprehensiveness, and the focus is admirably practical.” Professor Joseph Maxwell, George Mason University

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“This wonderfully comprehensive book tells you all you need to know about doing applied social research, whether you are a newcomer or an established researcher. It includes all the crucial bits that standard research methods textbooks leave out: what happens after all the data collection and analysis – and why do it at all? Colin Robson writes in a friendly and accessible style, very much in the real world, and the book is so well structured that it is easy to dip in and out, to take exactly what you want from it.” Professor Sonia Jackson, University of London

“This book is the best general resource that I know of for those wanting to conduct research in the “real world.” The writing is clear and accessible, the coverage is remarkable for its comprehensiveness, and the focus is admirably practical.” Professor Joseph Maxwell, George Mason University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Im currently in my third year of a degree in sociology and this book is the one that I couldnt do without. It is infinitely helpful and i would recommend it to anyone either studying or considering studying sociology or psychology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully easy tor read (What a relief) 29 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
Briefly... the book examines challenges and methods for studying in the real world (as opposed to an experimental setting) taking in such topics as qualitative approaches, mixed-methods, and action research.

What was so welcome about the book is that it reads like a conversation with someone who is in a place to advise you without lecturing - and is as surprisingly pleasant read. Very useful and very readable.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best social science research texts 22 Feb 2002
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This is an outstanding book and the new editition is simply excellent. The style is practical and accessible and is likely to be attractive to a wide range of researchers. This is a book that should be at the side of any student tackling serious research projects. A must for anyone studying researhc methods.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academically robust and highly readable 4 April 2008
By Dr Nick
Format:Paperback
Many titles which aim to teach students and practitioners the art of research fall into one of two camps. At one extreme their approach is that of the 'how to... cookbook' where the reader develops the practical skills but their understanding of the underpinning principles isn't developed. At the other extreme is the highly technical (and often inpenatrable) text which provides the depth and theoretical rigour but which many students and practitioners find hard going and inaccessable, particularly for those relativly new to research.

The real value of Colin Robson's book is that it bridges that divide.
Its written in a style which is accessable and it provides a very readable account of the practice and of the principles that underpin academic research. At the same time its contents are academically robust and it takes the reader far beyond simple pragmatics and into the development of a deeper understanding of the research process in social science settings.

Its a book that both novice and experienced researchers will find usefull and will retun to time and time again for the valuable insight that it provides.

Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MSc Distinction thanks to this book!! 3 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
I went to Madagascar to conduct my MSc dissertation research with a tent, this book and no existing knowledge of social science methodologies. I read it from cover to cover (a fairly easy read), made notes on the relevant sections, drew up my questionnaire using a mind map then conducted my interviews. I returned with loads of useful data which I managed to analyse with a few more resources available. I highly recommend this book for postgrads who need a coherent, logical bible to guide them through their research. I started out knowing nothing about methodology and ended up with a reasonable understanding... enough to get me a distinction!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive book 5 Jan 2011
By jeela
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I bought this book to assist me with research methodology modules I am taking for postgraduate studies. Robson has done a great job of explaining complex terms and concepts relating to research paradigms in simple terms. He also dedicated whole chapters to the different data collection tools, and data analysis.

The least I could say about this book is that it is a gem. Believe me, you won't regret buying the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful purchase 28 Oct 2011
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This was purchased when commencing a MSc in Research. The book is written in plain English to be understood by a novice but contains enough detail to be useful throughout the course and for future use as a reference. Very happy with purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best practical research book 21 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Real World Research is a great manual for those who have some experience with planning or implementing social science research; the style of the book is clearly laid out so that it may be used as a reference manual. For those with no experience in this field it does have a good section on the background of social science research which will be helpful, however, it should be noted that the theories behind different research methods are not gone into with much depth. This is meant to be a manual for practical - 'real world' - research, and the book's strength lies in it's discussion of possible reactions and consequences of different methods of research. Similarly helpful are the recommends courses of action a researcher might take within specific methodological choices (e.g surveys or in-depth interviews).
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Book was bought as part of course work and wasn't expecting a brand new book. Excellent service all round will use again
Published 26 days ago by Mrs. Ruth Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent degree companion.
Go no further if you are starting your MA. The language used and the general guidance is excellent. It provides you with references to other work that helps you through the... Read more
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An excellent informative book. This was to help me with my masters dissertation methodology and was brilliantly helpful. It will also be excellent for all other degree levels.
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This book took ages to get here which was a pain as I am current hard at work doing my research proposal and needed the book
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Boring sometimes, but you could not expect better by an educational book addressed to wannabe professionals of the field. Read more
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Be aware that it is not an easy book! yet it has very very good quality, so still totally worth it!
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It has helped me organise and define the methodology for my dissertation. The fact it is on kindle means I can easily carry around the book on my iPad or access it on my PC.
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I teach statistics in biological sciences and so I am used to teaching statistics from a very rigorous view-point. Everything on experimental design comes from Fisher, Cox and Box. Read more
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This was a recommended book for my course and I found it indispensable. I think it's terrific for anyone involved in qualitative research.
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