How do I get my research off the ground and ensure that it is 'new', 'novel' and 'important'?
How do I make sense of data, build theories and write a compelling thesis?
How can my research bring about change?
This book is more than an introduction to doing research - it helps readers identify what is new and important about their project, how their research relates to previous work and how it may be used to bring about change at individual, community, national or even international levels. A total strategy is offered focussing on the notion of the 'project' as an organising framework that ensures that the methods chosen are appropriate to the subject and aim of the study. The intention throughout is to help readers move from being able to apply methods to being able to interrogate the theoretical underpinnings of particular perspectives so that they can feel confident about the particular kinds of knowledge claim they are making. The book is important reading for students at Masters and doctoral level and will be particularly helpful for professionals from education, health, social work, criminal justice and business who carry out research in their workplace and who need to reflect upon the consequences and possibilities for action and change.
choices and consequences
its objects and objectivity
Handling complexity and uncertainty
Sense and nonsense
braving the postmodern, broaching the novel
Being shy of the truth
Framing texts and evidence
con/texts, intertextuality and rhetoric
Framing ethics and political issues
Framing ethical actions