Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Author: Kara, Helen
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447316266
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This accessible book examines the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. It offers examples in practice and shows readers why, when, and how to use them in their research.

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Author: Helen Kara
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447316274
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This accessible book examines the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. It offers examples in practice and shows readers why, when, and how to use them in their research.

Creative research methods in the social sciences

Author: Kara, Helen
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447316282
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With foreword by Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen. Creative research methods can help to answer complex contemporary questions, which are hard to answer using traditional methods alone. Creative methods can also be more ethical, helping researchers to address social injustice. This accessible book is the first to identify and examine the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. Written in a practical and jargon-free style, with over 100 boxed examples, it offers numerous examples of creative methods in practice, from the social sciences, arts, and humanities around the world. Spanning the gulf between academia and practice, this useful book will inform and inspire researchers by showing readers why, when, and how to use creative methods in their research.

Internet Research Methods

Author: Claire Hewson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761959205
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Offering a concise, comprehensive guide to conducting research on the Internet, this book provides a detailed explanation of all the main areas of Internet research. It distinguishes between primary research (using the Internet to recruit participants, to administer the research process and to collect results) and secondary research (using the Internet to access available material online). The book is designed for social science researchers and presents a user-friendly, practical guide that will be invaluable to both students and researchers who wish to incorporate the Internet into their research practice.

Research Justice

Author: Jolivette, Andrew J
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447324633
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This is the first book to take a radical approach to socially just, community centred research. Challenging traditional models for conducting social science research within marginalized populations, it examines the relationships between research, knowledge construction, and political power/legitimacy in society.

Visual Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Author: Stephen Spencer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134014465
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Visual Research Methods is a guide for students, researchers and teachers in the social sciences who wish to explore and actively use a visual dimension in their research. This book offers an integrated approach to doing visual research, showing the potential for building convincing case studies using a mix of visual forms including: archive images, media, maps, objects, buildings, and video interviews. Examples of the visual construction of ‘place’, social identity and trends of analysis are given in the first section of the book, whilst the essays in the second section highlight the astonishing creativity and innovation of four visual researchers. Each detailed example serves as a touchstone of quality and analysis in research, with themes ranging from the ethnography of a Venezuelan cult goddess to the forensic photography of the skeleton of a fourteenth-century nobleman. They give a keen sense of the motives, philosophies and benefits of using visual research methods. This volume will be of practical interest to those embarking on visual research as well as more experienced researchers. Key concerns include the power of images and their changing significance in a world of cross – mediation, techniques of analysis and ethical issues, and how to unlock the potential of visual data for research.

Visual Narrative and Creative Research Methods

Author: Dawn Mannay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317688414
Format: PDF
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Visual research methods are quickly becoming key topics of interest and are now widely recognised as having the potential to evoke emphatic understanding of the ways in which other people experience their worlds. Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods examines the practices and value of these visual approaches as a qualitative tool in the field of social science and related disciplines. This book is concerned with the process of applying visual methods as a tool of inquiry from design, to production, to analysis and dissemination. Drawing on research projects which reflect real world situations, you will be methodically guided through the research process in detail, enabling you to examine and understand the practices and value of visual, narrative and creative approaches as effective qualitative tools. Key topics include: techniques of data production, including collage, mapping, drawing and photographs; the practicalities of application; the positioning of the researcher; interpretation of visual data; images and narratives in public spaces; evaluative analysis of creative approaches. Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods will be an invaluable companion for researchers, postgraduate students and other academics with an interest in visual and creative methods and qualitative research.

Theory Construction and Model building Skills

Author: James Jaccard
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1606233408
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Meeting a crucial need for graduate students and newly minted researchers, this innovative text provides hands-on tools for generating ideas and translating them into formal theories. It is illustrated with numerous practical examples drawn from multiple social science disciplines and research settings. The authors offer clear guidance for defining constructs, thinking through relationships and processes that link constructs, and deriving new theoretical models (or building on existing ones) based on those relationships. Step by step, they show readers how to use causal analysis, mathematical modeling, simulations, and grounded and emergent approaches to theory construction. A chapter on writing about theories contains invaluable advice on crafting effective papers and grant applications. Useful pedagogical features in every chapter include: Application exercises and concept exercises Lists of key terms and engaging topical boxes Annotated suggestions for further reading. This book is intended for graduate students in a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, sociology, health, and management, as well as social scientists pursing research careers in academic or other settings. It can serve as a primary text in graduate-level courses in theory construction or as a supplemental text in courses on research methodology, theories of a particular discipline, grant writing, or the dissertation.

Research evaluation for busy students and practitioners 2e

Author: Kara, Helen
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447338421
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Research doesn't exist in a bubble but co-exists with a multitude of other tasks and commitments, yet there is more need for people to save time than ever before. Brilliantly attuned to the demands placed on researchers, this book considers how students, academics and professionals alike can save time and stress without compromising the quality of their research or its outcomes. Including a new foreword by Patrick Sturgis, Director of UK National Centre for Research Methods, this second edition is fully revised. It provides a new chapter on methodologies covering a range of approaches, and a wealth of updated practical information. Each chapter concludes with annotated further readings and the volume is accompanied by a fully revised and updated companion website. This supportive book is designed for any student or practitioner who wants to know how to do research on top of their main job and still have a life.

Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners

Author: Helen Kara
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781447301165
Format: PDF, ePub
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More and more people working in the public sector have to do research as part of their regular job responsibilities. This can include workplace research such as evaluations, audits, or satisfaction surveys, or educational research for professional qualifications such as a master's degree or PhD. Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners offers a much-needed guide that considers the work of research alongside life's many other responsibilities, showing how to juggle it with work, family, and friends. Based on interviews with professionals in health, education, social care, criminal justice, and other fields, this book provides a wealth of practical information to help save time, effort, and stress. A companion website for this book, including resources for students and teachers, can be found at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/resources/kara/