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Student Research and Report Writing: From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper

Handbook / Manual

By: Gabe T Wang (Author), Keumjae Park (Author)

Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback | Jan 2016 | #228550 | ISBN-13: 9781118963913
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About this book

This is an invaluable, concise, all-in-one guide for carrying out student research and writing a paper, adaptable to course use and suitable for use by students independently, it successfully guides students along every step of the way.
- Allows students to better manage their research projects
- Exercises and worksheets break down the research process into small steps and walk students through each stage of the research project
- Offers real-world and lively examples that are attractive and relevant to students
- Based on twenty years of experience in teaching research techniques to students in a way that avoids the methodology “overkill” from encyclopaedic and intimidating textbooks

"Student Research and Report Writing is the most comprehensive and yet concise guide to student research that I have seen. Wang and Park get to the essence of what new researchers need to know and anticipate, without oversimplifying or cutting corners. I will definitely incorporate it into my teaching."
– Howard Lune, The City University of New York

"Wang and Park have taken their years of experience with fielding student questions about the research process and put them to excellent use in this book. Written from the "inquiring minds" perspective, the authors do a great job of posing and answering questions that every student researcher should ask and must ultimately answer when embarking on an independent research project. Students and professors alike will undoubtedly find this book to be most helpful."
– Janet Ruane, Montclair State University


Contents

Concise table of contents:

Acknowledgments ix
List of Boxes x
List of Figures and Tables xi
About the Website xiii

Chapter 1: Introduction: Start Your Research Journey 1
Chapter 2: Topic Selection: Getting Started 15
Chapter 3: Searching for Information 31
Chapter 4: Reviewing the Literature 58
Chapter 5: Research Questions and Methods 81
Chapter 6: Steps of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Designs 105
Chapter 7: Writing a Research Proposal 133
Chapter 8: Practical Issues While Carrying Out Research 150
Chapter 9: Quantitative Data Analysis 173
Chapter 10: Qualitative Data Analysis 211
Chapter 11: Writing the Final Report 236

Index 261


Detailed table of contents:

Acknowledgments ix
List of Boxes x
List of Figures and Tables xi
About the Website xiii

Chapter 1: Introduction: Start Your Research Journey 1
What Is Research? 1
What Type of Research Project Do You Have? 3
What Are the Procedures for Scientific Research? 6
Will There Be Bends and Detours in the Research Process? 6
How to Embark on Your Research Journey 7
How Will This Book Help You? 11
How Is This Book Organized? 12

Chapter 2: Topic Selection: Getting Started 15
Where Can You Start to Find a Good Topic? 15
How Can You Narrow Down Your Topic? 18
What Topic Is Appropriate for Your Research? 20
How Do You Know the Topic You Selected Is a “Good Topic”? 24
Can You Change Your Topic? 25
Exercises for Chapter 2 26
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 2 30

Chapter 3: Searching for Information 31
What Is Valid and Reliable Information? 31
What Do You Need to Prepare Before Searching for Information? 32
Should You Search in Libraries or on the Internet? 34
What Different Sources Are Available? 35
How Do You Go about Doing Library Research? 38
How Do You Conduct a Search Using Journal Article Databases? 43
How Do You Keep Organized Records of the Information Found? 50
How Do You Use the Information You Found? 53
Exercises for Chapter 3 54
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 3 57

Chapter 4: Reviewing the Literature 58
What Is a Literature Review? 59
Why Do You Need a Literature Review? 59
What Does the Literature Review Entail? 60
How to Sort Your Literature 61
How Do You Read Your Literature and Take Notes? 63
How Do You Evaluate and Synthesize Your Reviewed Literature? 64
How Do You Write Your Literature Review? 67
Exercises for Chapter 4 72
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 4 80

Chapter 5: Research Questions and Methods 81
What Are Your Research Questions? 81
What Are the Goals of Your Research? 84
What Method Should You Use in Your Research? 86
How Do You Use Theory in Your Research? 94
Are Ethical Matters Important in Your Research? 96
What Ethical Issues Should You Pay Attention To? 97
Exercises for Chapter 5 100
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 5 104

Chapter 6: Steps of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Designs 105
What Are Your Independent and Dependent Variables? 106
How Do You Select a Sample to Study from Your Target Population? 107
What Is an Acceptable Sample Size for Surveys? 108
How Do You Turn Your Concepts into Variables in Surveys? 110
What Are Levels of Measurement and Why Do They Matter? 111
What Do You Need to Know about Qualitative Research Designs? 116
How Do You Construct Your Interview Questions? 116
How Do You Select People for Interviews? 119
What Should You Do to Have Productive Interviews? 121
What Other Qualitative Data Collection Methods Can You Consider? 123
Exercises for Chapter 6 126
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 6 132

Chapter 7: Writing a Research Proposal 133
What Should You Include in Your Research Proposal? 134
Do You Need a Title for Your Proposal? 134
What Should You Write in Your Introduction? 135
What Should You Write in Your Literature Reviews? 136
What Should You Write about Your Research Methods? 139
What Else Do You Include in Your Proposal? 140
What Format Should You Use to List the References? 142
What Writing Styles Are Appropriate for Research Proposals? 143
Incorporating Feedback from Faculty Supervisors 143
Exercises for Chapter 7 145
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 7 149

Chapter 8: Practical Issues While Carrying Out Research 150
Do You Have to Get Your Research Project Approved by Your University? 151
How Can You Carry Out Your Data Collection Effectively? 152
What Are Common Practical Problems in Qualitative Research? 157
What Ethical Dilemmas Will You Encounter in the Field Research Process? 160
What Should You Do When You Face Ethical Dilemmas? 162
What Problems Are Common in Questionnaire Surveys? 162
How Can You Conduct Your Questionnaire Surveys Effectively? 164
Maintaining Good Communications with Your Supervisor 165
How to Complete Your Research Project on Time 166
Exercises for Chapter 8 168
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 8 172

Chapter 9: Quantitative Data Analysis 173
How Do You Start Entering Data From Your Survey or Interview Questionnaire? 174
Why Do You Need to Know the Levels of Your Measurement? 181
What Computer Data Analysis Procedure Should You Use for Your Research? 182
To Provide Descriptive Information about Your Respondents, Use Frequency, or Descriptive Analysis 182
To Determine If Two Variables Are Related to Each Other, Use Cross Tabulations and Chi-square Analysis 186
To Calculate Correlations between Two Variables That Are Measured at Interval or Ratio Level, Use Pearson’s r 189
To Know Whether an Independent Variable Predicts or Explains an Effect on a Dependent Variable, Use Regression Analysis 192
To Predict or Explain the Effects of Several Independent Variables on a Dependent Variable, Use Multiple Regression Analysis 195
To Test If Two Means Are Significantly Different, Use the t-test 198
To Determine Whether More Than Two Means Are Significantly Different, Use Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) 203
Exercises for Chapter 9 207
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 9 210

Chapter 10: Qualitative Data Analysis 211
What Is the Purpose of Qualitative Data Analysis? 211
Do You Need to Transcribe All Your Interviews? 213
Where Do You Start? 214
What Is the Process of Inductive Analysis? Steps of Grounded Theory 219
What Is the Process of Deductive Coding in Content Analysis? 224
What Tools Can You Use to Organize and Summarize Codes? 226
How Do You Write about Findings from a Qualitative Analysis? 227
Exercises for Chapter 10 231
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 10 235

Chapter 11: Writing the Final Report 236
What Should You Include in Your Final Report? 236
How Is Your Final Report Different from Your Proposal? 237
What Should You Consider before You Start Writing Your Final Report? 239
Title of Your Final Report or Thesis 240
An Abstract of Your Final Report 241
Introduction 242
Literature Reviews 242
Research Methods 245
Findings 247
Discussions 249
Conclusions 250
References 250
How to Write a Report for Qualitative Research 251
Papers Based on Qualitative Field Research 251
Historical Research 253
Comparative Research 254
A Final Check 254
Exercises for Chapter 11 256
Your Project Outcome after Chapter 11 259

Index 261


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Biography

Gabe T. Wang is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University. He has published four books including China’s Population Problems, Thoughts and Policies (1999), China and the Taiwan Issue (2006) and American Sociology and the Socioeconomic Development of China (2013). His research focuses on population, socioeconomic development, and adolescent deviant behaviours. Professor Wang has given lectures in many universities and research institutes in China. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching research methods and student research.

Keumjae Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University. Her research focuses on immigrant women, migration in comparative perspectives, identities, and social inequality. She is the author of Korean Immigrant Women and the Renegotiation of Identity: Class, Gender, and Politics of Identity (2009). She enjoys teaching and mentoring student research and postgraduate theses. She teaches research methods and data analysis courses on a regular basis.

 

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