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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.
Social Research: Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches is a highly recommendable textbook for all students and academics who want to learn how to conduct social research properly. This volume charts directions of thinking about the whole research process. It introduces the strategies of specialist literature searching and reviewing and lucidly shows relations between theory and methodology on each phrase of study. Importantly, it helps take on challenges and pitfalls which often occurs when analyses are carried out.
Very informative and well balanced.
Clearly laid out and easy to access for students new to social research. Good for understanding research strategy but requires back up from detailed methods books.
A very useful guide for students which they can use to help them develop an appropriate framework for their own research projects.
Very clear overviews of research design, setting research questions and qual and quant methods.
This text is invaluable,providing students with a highly useful overview of quantitative and qualitative approaches. I will be advising students as essential reading for my course in terms of an introduction to social science research.
This textbook is a helpful handbook which can be used by any student, regardless of their year of study. It allows the student to explore what quantitative and qualitative research is in a manner which is constructive and easy to follow. The layout of the book allows the student to navigate their way through some important questions and dilemmas which research. It is definitely a helpful addition to any research course.
A clear and concise introduction for students
An excellent introductory textbook covering all aspects of the research process. This is shorter than Bryman's book on social research methods, but has a similar scope, focusing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Clearly written with good explanations of the rationales behind various research methods.
This is a good, clear book that covers all the necessary bases of research methods and explains the more abstract concepts (i.e. what does "empirical" mean) in an approachable manner
For level 3 students, this is an excellent book to introduce the concept of research and provide some foundation knowledge to support them to carry out a basic research project. The exercises and study questions for each chapter help them to consolidate learning.
A thorough guide to social research, clearly devised and well planned. Will hopefully help guide students through the research process step by step.
This is a very useful book for students as it covers a wide range of research types and explains them very clearly.
A comprehensive book which covers all the basics and more. A must for any student.
This is a very good and a very practical book. Added to recommended books in our Tutorial Letter FOR5906 Advanced Intelligence.