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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Practising Research

Why you’re always part of the research process even when you think you’re not

ISBN 9781137398284
Publication Date March 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

An indispensable guide to conducting research in the social sciences

Looking beyond the traditional boundaries of quantitative and qualitative research, this is an illuminating and accessible guide to thinking about the role of the researcher – who they are, what they do, and how they shape their own practice. Written by an expert with many years' experience of teaching and research, it will help both novice and expert readers to assess and affect their own impact on their methodology and findings.

Practising Research:
• Includes examples of classic and contemporary research, drawn from a broad range of disciplines and real-life settings
• Contains interviews with experienced researchers who provide reflections, ideas and suggestions based on their own experiences and practices
• Provides practical hints and tips, reflective questions and further reading sections that will equip readers with the skills and confidence to think deeply about their own research

Suitable for students and early-career researchers working across the social and behavioural sciences, this book will be an essential reference for anybody who wishes to reflect on and develop their research skills.

Nollaig Frost is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK. She is the author of many papers and book chapters on research methodology, recently contributing to The Oxford Handbook of Multi- and Mixed-Methods Research Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2015) and The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sports and Exercise Psychology (Routledge, 2016). She sole-edited one of the first books on pluralistic research, Qualitative Research in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches, (Open University Press, 2011). Nollaig also writes about second-time motherhood, most recently contributing to Mothering and Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives (Demeter Press, 2014), and pursues research interests in mental illness and migration.

1. Why is the Researcher Important?
2. Researcher Positionality
3. Researcher as Instrument
4. Team Based Research
5. Researching the Self, Researching Oneself
6. Researcher Identity: Prospects and Challenges.

Reviews

This distinctive book addresses the place of the researcher in highly nuanced ways. This book will be an important pedagogical resource. It will also be extremely useful for anyone looking to practically engage with individual and team-based research.' – Professor Brett Smith, University of Birmingham 'Textbooks on research methods abound but Nollaig Frost's Practising Research is the first to put the researcher centre stage and to explore their role, their influence and their challenges in conducting credible research.' – Dr Peter Branney, Leeds Beckett University 'Practising Research provides an accessible explanation concerning arguably one of the most obvious yet inaccessible questions facing researchers: What is their role in the research process?' – Dr Russell Luyt, Anglia Ruskin University 'This is a unique textbook that provides a much-needed guide to help researchers consider their roles, affect, positionality, and, above all, humanness in the research process. The excerpts from interviews with researchers, as well as the numerous research examples and reflective questions, make the book both reader-friendly and far-reaching.' – Dr Tony Onwuegbuzie, Sam Houston State University
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