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Writing your Dissertation
Herbert J. Rubin, Irene S. Rubin
The Second Edition of Qualitative Interviewing has been totally rewritten to add new examples and to better integrate the presentation of topics. Readers will see how the choice of topic influences question wording and how the questions asked influence the analysis. The authors have improved the presentation of matters that students have most trouble with, such as finding an interesting and viable topic, recognizing concepts, learning when and how aggressively to follow up, and figuring out ways to get published. (Amazon.co.uk)
Seymour Sudman, Norman R. Bradburn, Norman Schwarz
In this important book, the authors explore what answers mean in relation to how people understand the world around them and communicate with one another. They offer practical and theoretical insights that will prove invaluable when developing questionnaires. (Amazon.co.uk)
The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research
David Wilkinson (Editor)
The Researcher's Toolkit is a practical rather than an academic text for all those undertaking, perhaps for the first time, small-scale research. Written by an experienced team of practising researchers, it covers the entire research process - from designing and submitting a research proposal through to its completion. This book is suitable for all researchers, but it particularly designed from those practitioner-based researchers from the fields of education, social work, nursing, criminal justice and community work. This fresh new idea for those conducting small-scale research comes from a team of practising researchers who possess a broad range of experiences and knowledge of research design, execution and completion. They write in a user-friendly style that those researchers new to the subject will find easy to follow and understand. It will act both as a roadmap to planning, execution and completing research, and also as a dip-in reference guide. Using features such as activity boxes to highlight key concepts and short summary boxes to indicate fundamental elements of the research area under discussion, this accessible book will be of great value to all who read it.
Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction
Synopsis: How is reality manufactured? The idea of social construction has become a commonplace of much social research, yet precisely what is constructed, and how, and even what constructionism means, is often unclear or taken for granted. In this major work, Jonathan Potter offers a fascinating tour ... (amazon.co.uk)
Interpretation and Research
Mats Alvesson, Kaj Skoldberg
Synopsis: Reflexivity is an essential part of the research process. It provides the perspective necessary for successful interpretation of field research and the development of insightful conclusions. (amazon.co.uk)
Thomas A Schwandt
Synopsis: This fully updated and expanded second edition of The Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry provides a guide to the terms and phrases that help shape the nature, purpose, logic, meaning, and methods of the practices called qualitative inquiry. New to this edition: 110 additional new terms; new key references for every entry, which help acquaint readers with the complexity of the issues behind the concepts examined in the book; entries expanded and clarified to enhance readers' comprehension of the concepts; Taken in their entirety, the entries are less a technical guide to qualitative methods and more of a guide to concepts and theoretical orientations in qualitative studies. This book is a marvelous vessel for navigating the various streams of qualitative studies and as a starting point for launching investigations into methodological issues. (amazon.co.uk)
Dramas of Institutional Identity (New Practices of Inquiry)
Synopsis: Investigating the intricacy of the organization, this work argues that it is necessary to gather local information about organizational life and subject it to abstract and metaphorical interpretation. Using a narrative approach, the author employs literary devices to uncover the workings of organizations. She applies cultural metaphors to public administration in Sweden to demonstrate, for example, how the dynamics of a screenplay can illuminate the budget disputes of an organization. She shows how the interpretive description of organizational worlds works as a distinct genre of social analysis, and her study discloses the paradoxical nature of organizational life: we follow routine in order to change, and decentralize in order to control. (amazon.co.uk)
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A Narrative Approach to Organization Studies (Qualitative Research Methods)
Peter Reason (Editor)
A Sourcebook of New Paradigm Research
Peter Reason, John Rowan (Editor) ISBN 0471279366
A human approach to research that sees 'subjects' as real people who not only supply data but who can become full partners in the research process. Similarly, the researcher is a real person too - who influences what happens and who is influenced by what happens. So the researcher's own story should be part of the research. This book influenced my own research more than any other - I'm pleased to say. (RG = Roger Greenaway)
Peter Reason (Editor), Hilary Bradbury (Editor)
Change at the Speed of Imagination
Jane McGruder Watkins, Bernard J. Mohr
For the past 15 years the authors have worked closely with colleagues to develop the emerging issue of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a process for fostering positive and strength based change, as a theory and practice that can be used by OD professionals and managers/leaders of organizations, groups and communities. They have seeded the AI process across the globe and are now seeing a continually increasing interest in its use. In the light of 15 years of practice adapting AI to many cultures, types of organizations, and multiple "presenting issues," this is now a proven process that OD consultants, organizational leaders and managers, and the academic community are finding eminently innovative, energizing, and useful.
Synopsis: This title combines theory, an explanation of the reason that Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is transformative, and practical designs for various kinds of AI/OD interventions paired with case studies where the interventions have been used successfully. The book includes a complete explanation of AI from its historical and theoretical roots to its practice and impact in organizations presented in the context of the rapidly changing environment in which we live and work. (Amazon.co.uk)
Volume One: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Bring Out the Best in Your Organization
Diana L. Whitney, David L. Cooperrider, Amanda Trosten-Bloom
From the back cover: The importance of Appreciative Inquiry goes beyond business to include family life and relationships. Human systems and organisations move in the direction of what they study, and study in every and all areas involves the process of asking questions. The sooner the right questions are asked, the sooner the right answers are obtained. This book enumerates the generic questions that are central to the discovery phase of the Appreciative Inquiry process and are the keys to bringing out the best in any organisation.
David Silverman, Sage Publications Ltd
Jennifer Mason, Sage Publications
Ray Pawson, Nick Tilley, Sage Publications
Matthew B. Miles, A. Michael Huberman, Sage Publications
Richard E. Boyatzis
Synopsis: Uses examples from a wide variety of research settings to show how to sense themes - the first step in analyzing information - as well as how to develop codes.
John W Creswell
Elliot W. Eisner (Editor), Alan Peshkin (Editor)
Peter Banister, Erica Burman, Ian Parker, Maye Taylor, Carol Tindall
Gillian Symon (Editor), Catherine Cassell (Editor)
A Michael Huberman, Matthew B Miles
Learning to Do Participatory Action-Research
Susan E. Smith (Editor), Dennis George Willms (Editor), Nancy A. Johnson
William Foote Whyte (Editor)
Jon Barrett, Roger Greenaway
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"Exploring the Ingredients of Outdoor Adventure" and
"Outdoor Adventure with Young People at Risk".
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Fifty articles from training and development and technical training magazines cover the essentials of evaluation and return-on-investment. Section titles:
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Jane Holcomb PhD
Synopsis: ...The text provides methods to help trainers and managers ensure they are getting what they expect from their training and development programmes. It includes practical advice on picking the right evaluation tool for the task, detailed a case studies from a broad range of organizations, and a step-by-step guide to pulling the entire evaluation process together.
Frances Bee, Roland Bee
Synopsis: ...Using many examples, this clear, practical guide describes a systematic four-stage evaluation process which allows managers to assess whether training has been successfully transferred to the workplace, whether it serves organizational objectives and provides value for money.
Synopsis: This work provides strategies for evaluating training effectiveness. The author shows how to plan evaluation, how to establish whether the objectives set for learning activities have been achieved, and whether the needs of the "interested parties" in the evaluation have been addressed.
WRITING YOUR DISSERTATION
Allan A. Glatthorn, Randy L. Joyner
Here's an experience-based, step-by-step, practical guide to take you through planning, writing, and presenting your dissertation or thesis. Find out how to write an objective, documented, and detailed report of your research, one that reflects well on you as a researcher and can help advance your career. Glatthorn divides the book into five sections, with each section focusing on a specific part of the process. This second edition includes two completely new chapters - one on using the technology in doing the research and writing the dissertation and one on using peer collaboration. It also provides specific models and examples for each chapter of the dissertation. He shows you exactly how to: Find a research topic and lay the proper groundwork; Develop a high-quality proposal and defend it successfully; Do your research, collect your ideas, and write your paper; Defend and (if appropriate) publish your work; Solve work- or committee-related problems that may come up along the way You'll gain a wealth of knowledge from Glatthorn's experience chairing nearly 100 dissertation committees. He shows you how the correct academic style adds credibility to your work. His insights can save you hours of valuable time ... (continued at amazon.co.uk)
Discusses the various aspects of dissertation writing, such as choosing an advisor, a committee, and a topic, and offers advice on writing zero and first drafts, revising, and dealing with interruptions. (Amazon.co.uk)
Most advanced educational courses now include a dissertation or research project of some kind. For many students this can be a terrifying experience. Although colleges and universities may have different systems, basic principles for planning research and making the compromise between what is desirable and what is feasable are the same. This book aims to provide a plain guide to ways of producing a dissertation with minimum stress and frustration. It covers such areas as choosing a subject, planning the total work, selecting research methods and techniques, written style and presentation. (Amazon.co.uk)
Taking a step-by-step approach, this book will guide the student through choosing, planning, researching and writing a dissertation. Readers are encouraged to develop relevant skills and each step is illustrated by an example of what to do (and sometimes of what not to do). Crucially, the assessment criteria is explained so that students fully understand the objectives of their work. Acknowledging that project work is often not sequential, but demands consideration of several stages at once, it advises how to juggle these challenges. (See synopsis and reviews at Amazon.co.uk)
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