A Short Guide to Research for Designers

Author: Meredith James
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781533514790
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This short guide developed from a series of lectures presented at Portland State University on how to conduct research as a creative. The guide explains concepts of information literacy and how to conduct quality research online, while also serving as an introduction to key primary techniques like ethnography. Finally, unlike existing research books, this pocket guide also includes research tactics specific to design.

Research for Designers

Author: Gjoko Muratovski
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473947731
Format: PDF
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Instructors - Electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version. 'Today, designers design services, processes and organizations; craft skills no longer suffice. We need to discover, define and solve problems based upon evidence. We need to demonstrate the validity of our claims. We need a guide to design research that can educate students and be a reference for professionals. And here it is: a masterful book for 21st century designers.' - Don Norman, Professor and Director of Design Lab, University of California San Diego, and former Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Apple 'Muratovski provides a structured approach to introducing students and researchers to design research and takes the reader through the research process from defining the research problem to the literature review on to data collection and analysis. With such practical and useful chapters, this book should prove to be essential reading in design schools across the world.' - Tracy Bhamra, Professor of Sustainable Design and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise, Loughborough University Design is everywhere: it influences how we live, what we wear, how we communicate, what we buy, and how we behave. In order for designers to design for the real world, defining strategies rather than just implementing them, they need to learn how to understand and solve complex, intricate and often unexpected problems. This book is a guide to this new creative process. With this book in hand, students of design will: understand and apply the vocabulary and strategies of research methods learn how to adapt themselves to unfamiliar situations develop techniques for collaborating with non-designers find and use facts from diverse sources in order to prove or disprove their ideas make informed decisions in a systematic and insightful way use research tools to find new and unexpected design solutions. Research for Designers is an essential toolkit for a design education and a must-have for every design student who is getting ready to tackle their own research.

An Applied Reference Guide to Research Designs Quantitative Qualitative and Mixed Methods

Author: W. Alex Edmonds
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452205094
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Students often struggle with conceptualizing the most appropriate research design, before they begin collecting data and answering their research question. This book presents quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs in education and the social and behavioral sciences using consistent terminology, and in a way that students can understand and apply in their own investigations. The book helps students conceptualize, construct, test, problem solve, and acquire knowledge, through a wealth of visual aids and real-world examples. It is an ideal text for coursework and also a reference in the field.

A Very Short Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research

Author: David Silverman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446289575
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the “Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap” series offers an informal, conversational, accessible yet sophisticated and critical overview of what you find in conventional textbooks. The Second Edition of Qualitative Research provides a refreshing introduction to doing and debating qualitative research. The author uses updated content, ranging from photographs to novels and newspaper stories, to demonstrate how getting to grips with qualitative methods means asking ourselves fundamental questions about how we are influenced by contemporary culture. Suitable for Undergraduate students who are new to qualitative research and even Postgraduates and Practitioners who want re-assess their current understanding of the field.

Intelligent Research Design

Author: Bob Hancké
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199570787
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book offers advice to beginning doctoral researchers and advanced graduate students on how to embark on their research. Based on a decade of teaching early-stage researchers in the social sciences at the LSE and other universities, and written with the central problems that starting researchers face in mind, it guides them through the process of thinking about the links between theory, cases and data. This lively book, which is deliberately kept jargon-freeand adopts a hands-on approach to research design, addresses the problems that research students face - or ignore, often at their peril - in the course of their first few years. Its central message is that research is a complex and iterative process in which researchers construct every relevant partof their project with one goal in mind: make a convincing argument. The Appendix gives tips on presenting and discussing papers, and on crafting research proposals.

A Short Guide to Action Research

Author: Andrew P. Johnson
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman
ISBN: 9780132685863
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This compact, user-friendly book provides everything a teacher needs to know to conduct an action research project, in a clear, step-by-step presentation. This book guides the learner through comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in action research methods and then describes all phases of the process, including selecting a topic; collecting, analyzing, and reporting data; reviewing the literature; and presenting the report. There are many new strategies and examples of projects that can be used for professional growth and development included with this edition, as well as more examples, ideas for possible research questions, and many new forms and graphics are added.

Qualitative Research

Author: Sharan B. Merriam
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119003601
Format: PDF, Docs
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The bestselling guide to qualitative research, updated and expanded Qualitative Research is the essential guide to understanding, designing, conducting, and presenting a qualitative research study. This fourth edition features new material covering mixed methods, action research, arts-based research, online data sources, and the latest in data analysis, including data analysis software packages as well as narrative and poetic analysis strategies. A new section offers multiple ways of presenting qualitative research findings. The reader-friendly, jargon-free style makes this book accessible to both novice and experienced researchers, emphasizing the role of a theoretical framework in designing a study while providing practical guidance. Qualitative research reaches beyond the what, where, and when of quantitative analysis to investigate the why and how behind human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior, but this presents a number of significant challenges. This guide is an invaluable reference for students and practitioners alike, providing the deep understanding that this sometimes difficult area of research requires to produce accurate results. The book contains a step-by-step guide to analyzing qualitative data and an addendum for graduate students with a template for a thesis, dissertation, or grant application. Build a strong foundation in qualitative research theory and application Design and implement effective qualitative research studies Communicate findings more successfully with clear presentation Explore data sources, data analysis tools, and the different types of research

Designing and Conducting Survey Research

Author: Louis M. Rea
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118767039
Format: PDF, ePub
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"This book is a comprehensive, practical guide to conducting survey research. The book covers all major components of the method, including construction of the instrument, administration of the process, and analysis and reporting of results. The authors de-mystify statistics and enable readers to conduct a sample survey research project from initial conception of the research focus to the preparation of the final report, including basic statistical analysis of the data"--

101 Design Methods

Author: Vijay Kumar
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118330242
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The first step-by-step guidebook for successful innovation planning Unlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

Web Site Usability

Author: Jared M. Spool
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558605695
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Based on data collected from research conducted at UIE (User Interface Engineering), this book describes how well or poorly some information-rich Web sites performed when real users attempted to find specific answers.