Making Sense of Social Research
By (author) Malcolm Williams
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Making Sense of Social Research by Malcolm Williams
Book DescriptionWhat are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introduction to generic research skills. It is uncluttered, direct and unpatronizing. Key features of the book are: - Accessibility - Clarification of key issues and problem solving guidance - Demonstration of the importance of interplay between theory and research - Realism in defining essential research issues and the problems that researchers encounter 'It is not the case that "anyone can do social research", most research requires training. Here Malcolm Williams provides such training...Helpful and often humorous' - Roger Sapsford, University of Teesside
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761964223
(242mm x 170mm x 19mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Malcolm Williams
Key Concepts in the Philosophy of Social Research, Paperback (September 2016)
Providing concise, focussed introductions to everything from the central research methods, to ethics, to metaphysics, and with helpful features such as real-world examples, cross-references and lists of key thinkers, this guide is an ideal introduction.
Sage Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods, Paperback (April 2014)
Now available in paperback: This book brings together the most innovative contemporary ideas in method and methodology from global experts
Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research, Paperback (October 2012)
Takes a completely new approach to objectivity and subjectivity, no longer treating them as opposed - as many existing texts do - but as logically and methodologically related in social research
Teaching Quantitative Methods, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Malcolm Williams
A clear, innovative text from world experts, this clearly lays out the problems, strategies and resources associated with the teaching of quantitative methods in modern universities. It is a pragmatic approach which will be of interest to any academic teaching 'numbers' to their students.
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Author Biography - Malcolm Williams
Malcolm Williams is Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Prior to joining Cardiff in 2010, he was Professor of Social Research Methodology and Head of the School of Psychosocial Sciences at the University of Plymouth where he taught for 16 years. Malcolm has designed and taught modules in the philosophy of social research for 18 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In these he has introduced a number of innovative pedagogic techniques, such as Problem Based Learning and 'Concept Speed Dating', in which students take a key idea and move from table to table attempting to build conceptual links between ideas. Additionally he has taught many modules and short courses in social theory, research design, questionnaire design, scaling, sampling, scientific method and history of science. Williams has an extensive publishing record in philosophy of social research, including: Introduction to Philosophy of Social Research (with Tim May, Routledge, 1996), Knowing the Social World (with Tim May, OUP, 1998), Science and Social Science (Routledge, 2000), Making Sense of Social Research (SAGE, 2003), Philosophical Foundations of Social Research (SAGE, 2006), Teaching Quantitative Methods (with Geoff Payne, SAGE, 2011) Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research (with Gayle Letherby and John Scott, SAGE, 2012) and The SAGE Handbook of Innovations in Social Research (with W Paul Voght, SAGE, 2014).
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