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Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences [Paperback]

Dr Bob Matthews , Liz Ross
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9 Jun 2010 1405858508 978-1405858502 1

Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences is an essential resource for the social researcher.  It offers a comprehensive introduction for first time researchers right through to thorough and practical advice for those undertaking more advanced work.  The book draws on real life experiences from a wide variety of disciplines to show how theory translates into practice, and offers a rigorous analysis of why researchers choose the methods they use.  Think about it boxes throughout the text offer questions and ideas to help the researcher to focus on core issues and practical considerations, whilst your research summaries present questions, activities and checklists to help the researcher to develop their ideas.

The book is supported by a fantastic companion website that contains learning materials, interactive exercises, videos, questionnaires, datasets and much more.  The website can be found at: www.pearsoned.co.uk/matthews

Written to reflect the breadth of the social sciences, Research Methods is essential for anyone conducting research in sociology, health policy, social work, criminology, social policy, cultural studies, political studies, public policy and related fields.


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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (9 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405858508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405858502
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A lively and accessible, practical guide on how to do social research. It takes the reader on a journey, from initial thoughts and questions through to the complexities of data collection, analysis and dissemination. A welcome and invaluable addition to the literature on research methods.”
Professor Saul Becker, Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Nottingham

“A seminal textbook, glittering with extensive examples, information and insight which publicise the entire research process from a new and engaging perspective.”
Faiza Qureshi, Loughborough University

“Accessible to new researchers without losing the essence of highly complex issues. In short, a valuable tool for those seeking to mobilise research projects for the first time or those seeking to refresh and update knowledge of current research issues.”
Dave Orr, University of Central Lancashire

Whether you are doing social research for the first time, or taking on more advanced work, Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences will inform and improve your understanding and practice.

More than a comprehensive practical guide, this book also offers a rigorous analysis of why researchers choose the methods they use. Drawing upon academic and professional sources, Research Methods demonstrates how theory underpins practice and helps you select the most appropriate techniques for collecting data and analysing your findings while remaining ethically and culturally sensitive.

Matthews and Ross pay particular attention to the areas students find most challenging. With a visual guide to using SPSS and Excel in data analysis and an extensive look at data presentation, this book supports the student researcher throughout every stage of the research process.

Written to reflect the breadth of the social sciences, Research Methods is essential for anyone conducting research in sociology, health policy, social work, criminology, social policy, cultural studies, political studies, public policy, education and related fields.

Key features

  • Examples drawn from real life show you how theory translates into practice.
  • Real research from a wide variety of disciplines lets you see your project in context.
  • Think about it . . . boxes offer questions and ideas to help you focus on core issues and practical considerations.
  • Your research summaries present questions, activities and checklists to help you develop your ideas.
  • What is…? definitions provide additonal explanations of key terms.

About the authors

Bob Matthews is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Bob currently teaches and researches in Comparative Social Policy, Social Inclusion, Health Policy and Research Methods.

Liz Ross is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Liz has taught social research methods on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and is Programme Co-ordinator of Birmingham’s MA Policy into Practice.

Visit the Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/matthews to find learning materials, including interactive exercises, videos, questionnaires, datasets and much more.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Best research Book !!!! EVER 1 April 2011
By imogen
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This book is a step by step guide to writing a dissertation or dissertation proposal and takes you step by step through EVERY element of the project.

The book is cheap, lightweight and very economical

I highly recommend this book for the fact it is written in simple terms for the lay man and is a reseach MUST
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5.0 out of 5 stars :) 20 Dec 2011
By suzanna
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Really well written academic book, simply explained what you need to know about the research in social sciences and how it differs, enjoyed reading it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my Degree course. 3 Oct 2013
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Extremely useful, simple layout means information is easy to find.
Great key text if you don't want to read reams and reams but just want some quick information on a topic either as an over view of refresher.
Definitely worth buying for Social Science students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Research Methods Matthews 1 Oct 2013
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This is probably THE definitive book on research methodologies - it is clear, concise and does not assume that one is an expert. It was not part of our compulsory resources but I bought it anyway as I will need it when we do our dissertation. Academics tend to write in such a way that you need to almost translate a sentence before understanding what they are on about. Not so with this
fantastic textbook!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Useful resource 6 April 2014
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Well written, easy to understand. Addresses both qualitative and quantitative research issues as well as how to format and present data.
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