Introduction to Social Research
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
- Keith F Punch - University of Western Australia, Australia
The third edition includes:
- A new chapter on literature searching and reviewing
- Expanded coverage of ethics
- A new section on using the internet in research
- A range of additional student learning features
- A brand new companion website including full-text journal articles, additional case studies and video tutorials.
Companion website to accompany the Third Edition of Introduction to Social Research
This is a beautifully understated and highly accessible book. It focuses on the issues and practicalities of doing social scientific research, introducing a wide range of methods and approaches to get students thinking and a project underway. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, and there are welcome new chapters on theory, literature searching, research ethics and the internet. The book is authoritative and will be well used by students and teachers of social science research methods.
Comprehensive, thoroughgoing and well organised, Punch's book has a deservedly high reputation among social science researchers. This third edition, with new material on literature searching, ethics, theory and the Internet makes it a must-have for students and professional researchers alike.
In this work, Keith Punch covers all the essentials of social science research with clarity and an obvious command of the subject matter. His coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods from design through to collection and analysis offers breadth and depth perfect for any undergraduate attempting to navigate the research world. I look forward to putting a copy of this latest edition on my shelf and recommending it students.
This 3rd edition provides an accessible yet comprehensive and detailed framework for understanding social research. The clear layout with chapter objectives and summary questions offers a robust and practical learning structure for students which guides them through both theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary research. No research methods course should be without it!!
All in all, this book is incredibly well structured and free from jargon and over complication. It is a joy to read, and it guides the reader step-by-step towards understanding what social research is all about.
An easy to read and thorough insight into social research. I liked how simple ideas were broken down and explained.
A comprehensive book that suits a range of levels studying and researching social sciences. The key terms and exercises/study questions at the end of each chapter are useful tools for the students.
Outstanding publication which is easy to read and provides students with a strong grounding in social research and makes the subject understandable and comprehensive.
A good book for the reading of social research module.
a great book that helps position thinking and understanding.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter Two: Theory and Method in Social Science Research