Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research
- Derek Layder - University of Leicester, UK
Research Methods (General) | Social Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
In this inspiring and engaging book, readers are presented with the key principles and practices of small-scale research. In addition, the book provides a peerless introduction to the key features involved in the process of research design and practice. Written in a clear, accessible way and drawing on exciting up-to-date examples, this book makes for a crucial companion on the way to research excellence.
Based on Layder's solid background as a researcher, supervisor and teacher, Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research:
- Leads the researcher through the actual process of doing a research project from start to finish
- Offers a comprehensive outline of general areas and issues such as preparation and planning, developing research questions, interviewing and sampling
- Reflects upon research as a social and human process
- Provides systematic guidelines and advice above and beyond technical essentials.
This book will be invaluable to both students and researchers interested in social interaction - informing, guiding and inspiring them towards excellent small-scale research.
Layder's adaptive approach answers the question that many social science researchers (particularly students) grapple with-how do I conduct (and justify) research grounded in both local-level data and pre-existing theory!
Dr Laurie Field
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Human Sciences , Macquarie University, Sydney
This book provides a good access route into small scale research.
A very helpful book for students doing their research within companies.
This is a useful text for undergraduates new to social research. It provides a structure for engaging with research, and may provide a basis for greater understanding and critical evaluation of social research.
Easy, chunked steps to follow. Fantastic outline of problem-questions for students to take and run with. Final comments section very useful in plenary activities
This book is of the same high standard as other Layder texts, and the focus on small-scale projects is extremely valuable to post-graduate students.
An essential text to our MSc students doing their dissertation
Essential for first time researchers and smaller research projects.
Supporting students undertaking small scale real research projects
Good overview - recommended!