Designing and Managing a Research Project

A Business Student's Guide

Author: Michael Jay Polonsky,David S. Waller

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483321908

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 8216

Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide, Third Edition is a practical, step-by-step guide that shows business students how to successfully conduct a research project, from choosing the topic to presenting the results. Michael Jay Polonsky and David Scott Waller have applied their many years of experience in supervising student projects to provide examples of actual research problems and to offer practical solutions. Unique to this book is the inclusion of chapters on topics such as supervision, group work and ethics, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with links provided to a range of online resources, as well as examples from student projects.
Posted in Business & Economics

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Author: Alan Carsrud,Malin Brännback

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857935054

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 5087

This thought provoking book builds on existing research traditions that make small business, entrepreneurship and family business a resource rich arena for study.
Posted in Business & Economics

The Health Project Book

A Handbook for New Researchers in the Field

Author: Dr Neil Wood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134545347

Category: Medical

Page: 192

View: 6237

The Health Project Book is a practical and detailed guide to all aspects of conducting a research project in health. It is relevant to anyone working in the health field who needs to design a study, collect the data, analyse the findings and write up a report. Clear advice and examples are given in each of these areas. Case studies illustrate the use of: * CD-Rom Facilities * the Cochrane database on the world wide web * qualitative analysis software. Individual chapters cover: * ethical considerations * the selection of samples * questionnaire design * working in a laboratory * conducting interviews * statistical and qualitative analysis. Further advice is included on how to write a research paper critically, and how to make effective verbal presentations of findings. Neil Wood has supervised student projects in health over many years and this handbook is based on his experience in teaching students how to get the best out of themselves and their project. It will be an extremely useful resource for students and professionals in nursing, health studies, health sciences, psychology and related fields.
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Essentials of Research Design and Methodology

Author: Geoffrey R. Marczyk,David DeMatteo,David Festinger

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470893532

Category: Psychology

Page: 306

View: 6027

Master the essential skills for designing and conducting a successful research project Essentials of Research Design and Methodology contains practical information on how to design and conduct scientific research in the behavioral and social sciences. This accessible guide covers basic to advanced concepts in a clear, concrete, and readable style. The text offers students and practitioners in the behavioral sciences and related disciplines important insights into identifying research topics, variables, and methodological approaches. Data collection and assessment strategies, interpretation methods, and important ethical considerations also receive significant coverage in this user-friendly guide. Essentials of Research Design and Methodology is the only available resource to condense the wide-ranging topics of the field into a concise, accessible format for handy and quick reference. As part of the Essentials of Behavioral Science series, this book offers a thorough review of the most relevant topics in research design and methodology. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as "Test Yourself" questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.
Posted in Psychology

How to Do Research

A Practical Guide to Designing and Managing Research Projects

Author: Nick Moore

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 1856045943

Category: Education

Page: 176

View: 4357

This new edition of Nick Moore's highly successful How to do Research offers an accessible guide to the complete research process. It focuses on the day-to-day requirements of project, managing a piece of research right through from the formulation of the initial idea, to the development of a research proposal and then to the writing up and disseminating of results. Updated throughout, it also contains new and expanded sections on in-house research; the use of sub-contractors and market-research companies; the use of the internet as a research tool; and ethical issues. The book provides practical help and guidance to anyone undertaking academic or social research, whether through work or study. Part One of the book follows a step-by-step guide to the research process itself: develop the research objectives; design and plan the study; write the proposal; obtain financial support for the research; manage the research; draw conclusions and make recommendations; write the report; ∧ disseminate the results. Part Two offers an introduction to some of the more common research methods, and takes the reader through the processes of collecting and analysing data, including sampling, surveys, interviewing, focus groups and capturing data. Readership: This book offers a wealth of invaluable guidance to both new and experienced researchers, presented in a clear, simple style. It is ideal for professionals undertaking research and the evaluation of services; for undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking dissertations and other research projects; and as an introductory text on research methods courses in any social science discipline.
Posted in Education

How to Do Your Research Project

A Guide for Students

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526414554

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 4919

Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here. 'Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion. With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree; taking the distance out of distance learning. Replace daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement' - Ellie Davies Moore, distance learner in Multi-Sensory Impairment at the University of Birmingham With more advice on concluding, writing up and presenting research, using social media and digital methods, and understanding what supervisors want and how to work with them, the third edition of this bestselling title continues to lead the way as an essential guide for anyone undertaking a research project in the applied social sciences. Setting out a clear and detailed road map, Gary Thomas guides the reader through the different stages of a research project, explaining key steps and processes at each level in refreshingly jargon-free terms. It covers: - How to choose your research question - Project management and study skills - Effective literature reviews - Methodology, theory and research design frames - Ethics and access - Data collection tools - Effective data analysis - Discussing findings, concluding and writing up Packed with engaging anecdotal evidence and practical advice and supported by an interactive website featuring worksheets, videos, SAGE Journal articles and more, this new edition is a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for guidance on research principles.
Posted in Social Science

Your Research Project

A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher

Author: Nicholas Walliman,Bousmaha Baiche

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761965394

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

View: 379

How do you start a research project? What are the hallmarks of a successful research project? These questions are answered in this practical step by step guide to doing a successful research project. This book systematically explains, in a clear and structured way, the theory of and approaches to research while at the same time helping the student//practitioner to develop the topic of their research and acquire the necessary research skills to undertake the successful completion of a research project. It encourages the formation of critical analysis, rigour and independence of thought, fostering individual judgement and skill in the application of research theory and methods. It also develops the crucial skills required in
Posted in Social Science

Handbook of Design Research Methods in Education

Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Learning and Teaching

Author: Anthony E. Kelly,Richard A. Lesh,John Y. Baek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317639642

Category: Education

Page: 560

View: 7524

This Handbook presents the latest thinking and current examples of design research in education. Design-based research involves introducing innovations into real-world practices (as opposed to constrained laboratory contexts) and examining the impact of those designs on the learning process. Designed prototype applications (e.g., instructional methods, software or materials) and the research findings are then cycled back into the next iteration of the design innovation in order to build evidence of the particular theories being researched, and to positively impact practice and the diffusion of the innovation. The Handbook of Design Research Methods in Education-- the defining book for the field -- fills a need in how to conduct design research by those doing so right now. The chapters represent a broad array of interpretations and examples of how today’s design researchers conceptualize this emergent methodology across areas as diverse as educational leadership, diffusion of innovations, complexity theory, and curriculum research. This volume is designed as a guide for doctoral students, early career researchers and cross-over researchers from fields outside of education interested in supporting innovation in educational settings through conducting design research.
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The Business Student's Handbook

Learning Skills for Study and Employment

Author: Sheila Cameron

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132349246

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 442

View: 3180

In an increasingly competitive and rapidly changing world, graduates must be equipped with more than just knowledge of a particular subject. This book will enable students to manage their own learning and ultimately their own career.
Posted in Business & Economics

The SAGE Handbook of Social Psychology

Concise Student Edition

Author: Michael A Hogg,Joel Cooper

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446204774

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

View: 1975

`This Volume is everything one would want from a one-volume handbook' - Choice Magazine In response to market demand, The SAGE Handbook of Social Psychology: Concise Student Edition has been published and represents a slimmer (16 chapters in total), more course focused and student-friendly volume. The editors and authors have also updated all references, provided chapter introductions and summaries and a new Preface outlining the benefits of using the Handbook as an upper level teaching resource. It will prove indispensable reading for all upper level and graduate students studying social psychology.
Posted in Psychology

Making Your Case

Using R for Program Evaluation

Author: Charles Auerbach,Wendy Zeitlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190228105

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 3879

There is a growing need for research within practice settings. Increasing competition for funding requires organizations to demonstrate that the funding they are seeking is going towards effective programming. Additionally, the evidence-based practice movement is generally pushing organizations towards research activities, both as producers and consumers.There have been many books written about research methodology and data analysis in the helping professions, and many books have been written about using R to analyze and present data; however, this book specifically addresses using R to evaluate programs in organizational settings. This book is divided into three sections. The first section addresses background information that is helpful in conducting practice-based research. The second section of the book provides necessary background to begin working with R. Topics include how to download R and RStudio, navigation, R packages, basic R functions, and importing data. This section also introduces The Clinical Record, a freely available database program to help organizations record and track client information. The remainder of the book uses case studies to illustrate how to use R to conduct program evaluations. Techniques include data description and visualization, bivariate analysis, simple and multiple regression, and logistic regression. The final chapter illustrates a comprehensive summary of the skills demonstrated throughout the book using The Clinical Record as a data repository.
Posted in Social Science

Your Psychology Project Handbook

Becoming a Researcher

Author: Clare Patricia Wood,David Giles,Carol Percy

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780273715566

Category: Psychology

Page: 202

View: 2907

YourPsychology Project Handbookis the complete guide to preparing, carrying out and writing up your psychology research project or dissertation. Introduction Boxes: present each chapter and introduce the learning outcomes for each chapter ‘Common Confusions’boxes: explain common terminology ‘Urban Myths’inserts: dispels commonly held incorrect beliefs about completing dissertations ‘Maximizing Marks’boxes: offers keen students additional advice on more sophisticated ideas or techniques to consider at various stages in order to add value to their project work. These will often require students to engage in further reading, and/or discussion with their supervisor. ‘Top Tip’inserts: present short practical notes on how to achieve the best outcomes. Summary Boxes: pull together the key teaching points covered by each chapter Annotated Further Readinglists:direct students to appropriate further information and indicate to them the nature and level of those texts.
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Understanding and Doing Successful Research

Data Collection and Analysis for the Social Sciences

Author: Shaun Best

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317862198

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 8352

Research Methods is an essential guide to carrying out a research project. Each of the focused chapters introduces and explains an aspect of social research to readers who may have no experience or knowledge of this subject. The emphasis is on ‘how to do’ various different methods, how to decide which is the most appropriate, and how to analyse the data. The book also includes examples of good practice from a range of social science disciplines.
Posted in Social Science

The Psychology Research Handbook

A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants

Author: Frederick T. L. Leong,James T. Austin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761930221

Category: Psychology

Page: 516

View: 5416

A comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the entire research process, this book quickly and efficiently equips advanced students and research assistants to conduct a full-scale investigation. The book is organized around the idea of a 'research script' that is, it follows the standard mode of research planning and design, data collection and analysis, and results writing. The volume contains 35 chapters, some co-authored by advanced graduate students who give their fellow students a touch of the 'real world' adding to the clarity and practicality of many chapters.
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The Student's Guide to Successful Project Teams

Author: William A. Kahn

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 080586184X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 238

View: 1712

It is common for undergraduate and graduate students across various disciplines to be placed on teams and assigned group project research reports and presentations which require them to work together. For example a psychology course requires teams to develop, conduct, analyze and present the result of their experiments, a marketing course requires student project teams to prepare marketing plans and present their conclusions, and an organizational behavior course forms teams for the purpose of researching the cultures of different organizations and making presentations about their findings. This new guidebook will be a core text on how to help student project teams confront and successfully resolve issues, tasks and problems. Sections include conceptual material, stories and illustrations, and exercises. Students and teachers in Organizational Behavior, Management, Marketing and all psychology disciplines will find this book of interest.
Posted in Business & Economics

The Design Student's Handbook

Your Essential Guide to Course, Context and Career

Author: Jane Bartholomew,Steve Rutherford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317341244

Category: Social Science

Page: 504

View: 7921

What is design? What are the main design disciplines, and how do they interrelate? How does design theory and context help you improve your studio work? What do you need to know by the end of your course to get a good career? What can you do to become a knowledgeable designer and improve your skills so that you stand out from the crowd? Whether you are already studying design, thinking about choosing a course, or are well on your way to finding your first job, this essential and uniquely comprehensive book will introduce you to the world of design and support you throughout your studies and on into the industry. Key features Develops your core skills and supports you in making the most of your studies. Describes the multi-disciplinary design world by exploring the various design disciplines – graphics, fashion and textiles, three-dimensional design, craft, spatial, interactive media, and theatre, film and television. Contains crucial practical information so you’re ready for your career - placements, working with industry and self-employment, networking, job-seeking and how to succeed in your own business. Covers the key practical, theoretical and cultural fundamentals of design to help you understand and inform your practice - chapters on creativity and innovation, history, culture and context, how to communicate design, colour theory, aesthetics, and how to design with ethical, social and responsible considerations. Comprises chapters written by designers and lecturers, all experts in their fields. Includes stories, career profiles and first-hand quotes by students, established designers and industry specialists exploring what it’s like to study and to work in the design industry today. Identifies important books and websites for further reading. The Design Student’s Handbook will guide you along the road to a successful and fulfilling career and is an essential text for studying any of the design disciplines.
Posted in Social Science

Doing Your Undergraduate Project

Author: Denis Reardon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847877451

Category: Education

Page: 264

View: 7300

Doing Your Undergraduate Project is a practical step-by-step guide to managing and developing a successful undergraduate project. The book covers all aspects of project management, explaining in a clear and structured way how to undertake a project and helping readers to identify and acquire the necessary skills to plan and carry out the research and writing. This practical and concise book provides: Advice for preparing a project and choosing a topic Guidelines for writing a project proposal A checklist for planning A guide to producing a literature review Advice on choosing and implementing appropriate methodology An awareness of ethical issues Information for writing-up the report. Written in a lively and engaging manner, this detailed and accessible manual is an invaluable resource for students across the social sciences working on their undergraduate project. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
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Your Undergraduate Dissertation

The Essential Guide for Success

Author: Nicholas Walliman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446287076

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

View: 2784

'This is a refreshing and inspiring book, of equal value to both the anxious and the ambitious student' - Lucinda Becker, Department of English Literature, University of Reading In the second edition of this best-selling guide, Nicholas Walliman provides expert, step-by-step advice on managing and developing a successful undergraduate project. This book takes you through each stage of your dissertation, answering questions including: How do I choose an appropriate topic for my dissertation? How do I write a research proposal? What's a literature review, how do I conduct it and how do I write it up? How can I ensure I'm an ethical researcher? What methods of data collection are appropriate for my research question? Once I have collected my data, what do I do? What's the best structure for my dissertation? Full of examples from real student projects, interdisciplinary case studies and illustrated with cartoons to make you smile along the way, this book will tell you all you need to know to write a brilliant dissertation.
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Handbook of Usability Testing

How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests

Author: Jeffrey Rubin,Dana Chisnell

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118080408

Category: Computers

Page: 384

View: 3867

Whether it's software, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer wants - no, expects - your product to be easy to use. This fully revised handbook provides clear, step-by-step guidelines to help you test your product for usability. Completely updated with current industry best practices, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage: products that perform the way users expect. You'll learn to recognize factors that limit usability, decide where testing should occur, set up a test plan to assess goals for your product's usability, and more.
Posted in Computers