- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (April 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137152426
- ISBN-13: 978-0137152421
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Practical Research is a comprehensive and practical guide to research methodology. Suited for self-instruction, this easy-to-read manual guides the beginning researcher, step by step, through the entire research process with practical suggestions. This “do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself” approach is designed to help research students understand the fundamental structure of quality research in any discipline including:
Accounting • Agriculture • Anthropology • Architecture • Art Education • Behavioral Research • Biology • Business Administration • Business Communication • Business Education • Business Law • Chemistry • Child and Family Studies • Civil/Construction Technology • Clothing and Textiles • Communications • Computer Information Systems • Counseling • Criminal Justice • Criminology • Decision Science • Economics • Education • Electronic Technology • English • Environmental Technology • Foods and Nutrition • Foreign Languages • Geography • Geology/Oceanography • Government • Health Sciences • History • Hospitality Careers • Insurance • Journalism • Library Science • Literature • Management • Marketing • Mathematics • Mechanical/Industrial Technology • Minority Studies • Music/Musicology • Nursing • Nutrition • Philosophy • Physical Education • Physics/Astronomy • Political Science • Psychology • Real Estate • Religion • Sociology • Social Work • Speech/Speech Therapy • Taxation • Technical Trades • Theater • Theology • Urban Studies
Top customer reviews
In my opinion, the best thing about this book is that it is written in clear and direct language, which is very important because research is a highly complex and often confusing subject. I can honestly say that as a fairly recent doctoral student (I’m currently in my fifth course), this book greatly assisted me in understanding each step of the research process, and it also helped me grasp the difference between the paradigms of quantitative and qualitative research (along with their benefits and limitations). It also has an informative (although concise) chapter on mixed methods research, which I found especially useful.
I also really love that the book has some very, very helpful exercises at the end of some chapters, which helps the reader gauge how well they understood some of the key research concepts throughout. I did all of these exercises, and I loved them because it not only confirmed that I had grasped the important concepts, but it also helped me engage with the text in a kind of hands on way.
Another great thing about this book is that it has a lot of tips, checklists, visuals, and examples throughout, which really helped me understand the material better. My only wish is that the pages were thicker and that the font size was bigger, as I tend to get eye strain if I look at small letters for too long.
However, I still gave this book 5 stars because it is the clearest and most well-written research book I have ever come across (I own several others as a result of my master’s degree, which were far more confusing to understand!). All in all, I’d say that this book is a must for any novice educational researcher, who wishes to gain a solid understanding of the basics of good research.