Reviews

Social research methodology

The book begins with a very thorough overview of the topics discussed. These include controlled and natural experimental methods, survey techniques, interviews, observing naturally occurring events and analysing written documents.

Each chapter begins with a handy aims and objectives section, which also includes a list of the terms introduced in the chapter. An activity is included at the end of each chapter to consolidate the knowledge gained, followed by a useful summary. Each chapter concludes with further reading suggestions which are presented as a short discussion of the literature, rather than a reference list or bibliography. There is also a comprehensive reference list at the end of the book.

This book has a particularly useful chapter for nurse researchers about the advantages and disadvantages of using bureaucratic data in research. This chapter is particularly helpful for those using patient notes or official statistics as their data. Many of the examples provided in the text are health related.

This book provides information about how to carry out a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, and provides coverage of both qualitative

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Each chapter begins with a handy aims and objectives section, which also includes a list of the terms introduced in the chapter. An activity is included at the end of each chapter to consolidate the knowledge gained, followed by a useful summary. Each chapter concludes with further reading suggestions which are presented as a short discussion of the literature, rather than a reference list or bibliography. There is also a comprehensive reference list at the end of the book.

This book has a particularly useful chapter for nurse researchers about the advantages and disadvantages of using bureaucratic data in research. This chapter is particularly helpful for those using patient notes or official statistics as their data. Many of the examples provided in the text are health related.

This book provides information about how to carry out a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, and provides coverage of both qualitative and quantitative data collection. It also covers ethical considerations. However, it also goes beyond being a ‘how to’ guide and includes interesting information about practical difficulties involved in the research process, as well as offering an in-depth discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the techniques. The text contains useful information about the analysis of qualitative data there is very little information about the analysis of quantitative data.

Although primarily aimed at sixth- form and undergraduate students, this book should appeal to a wider audience, including professionals involved in any aspect of the research process and those teaching research methods.

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