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A Student's Guide to Methodology

A Student's Guide to Methodology

Third Edition

February 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of this hugely popular text provides students with straightforward principles and frameworks for understanding methodology. Peter Clough and Cathy Nutbrown are adept at making methodology meaningful for beginners and more advanced readers alike. Their book clearly demonstrates how methodology impacts upon every stage of the research process, and gives readers all of the tools that they need to understand it.

New to this edition are the following:

- new boxes and guidance on research ethics in every chapter

- more international examples and perspectives

- up to date coverage of online research methods

- more examples from real students

- a new companion website, featuring Powerpoint slides for lecturers

The authors take an applied approach and every chapter contains a variety of practical examples from real research. Readers are encouraged to reflect on their own practice at every step, meaning that the book remains extremely relevant throughout. It will be invaluable for all students who are doing a dissertation or taking a research methods module in education, the social sciences, business and health.

What Is Research?
What Is Methodology?
Looking: Seeing beyond the Known
Listening: Issues of Voice
Reading: Purpose and Positionality
Questioning: The Focus of Research
Research Design: Shaping the Study
Reporting Research: Telling the Story
Research Action: Next Steps

The book is very useful to help student to develop their research design.

Dr Eva Fleischer
Social Work, Management Center Innsbruck
August 12, 2014

Updates key information from previous edition. Easy to read for undergrads with good contextualised examples.

Mrs Karen Tait
education and society, Sunderland University
March 21, 2014

Great text which is not too daunting for undergraduate students

Ms Michelle Groves
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
January 30, 2014

Thank you very much for this book. I am using it as one of two research books for my course. Very clear and easy to understand book. Highly recommended.

Mr Sizwe Zondo
Dept of Psychology, Rhodes University
January 17, 2014

An excent reference guide for any student studying for the first time research methodology

Mrs Deborah Humphreys
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
December 12, 2013

Recommended for any undergraduate student embarking on research for the first time. A great refresher for tutors delivering research methods as part of a programme of study

Ms Michelle Groves
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
December 2, 2013

A useful, accessible text which part time students find useful.

Mr Ian Robson
Health Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
November 21, 2013

Very good book which will be an excellent resource. Clearly set out and easy to read.

Ms Jane Brett
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
October 31, 2013

This text supplements the Clough and Nutbrown text previously adopted.
It provides clear explanations making it accessible to health care practitioners new to the field of research.

Mrs Valerie Lawrenson
School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire
October 14, 2013

A very good textbook for beginner student researchers on the MA and PhD programmes in education. Most projects involve qualitative research in the classroom. Clear and well set out and students enjoy it.

Dr Stephen Bigger
Education, Worcester University
October 5, 2013