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Foreword Introduction Context The Nature of Research ; The Nature of Research within the Creative Industries; The Importance of; Research within the Creative Industries; The Practitioners: Rachel Cooper on Credibility in Creative Research Part One: Defining the Research Problem What Makes a Good Research Topic?; Generating and Refining Research Ideas; Turning Ideas into; Research Projects; Understanding Research Philosophies; Research Approaches; Multiple Methods; The Practice: A Research-approached Case Study; The Practitioners: Gerry Johnson on Creating a Framework Part Two: Managing the Research Design Developing a Research Design and Strategy; Creating the Research Framework; Your Research Proposal; Making Research Credible; The Influence of Ethics; The Practice: A Well-Structured Research Project; The Practitioners: Pradeep Sharma on the Creative Influence. Part Three: Managing the Research Process Using the Literature; The Literature Review; The Process of Analysis; Using Secondary Data ; Using Primary Data; Questionnaires; Observations; Interviews; Visual Research; Photography; Narrative ; Case Study; Emerging Tools; The Practice: An Example of Elicitation Techniques ; The Practitioners: Bettina Kolb on Participatory Photo-Interview. Part Four: Managing the Research The Pilot Study; Analyzing Qualitative Data; Analyzing Quantitative Data; Sampling; From Critical Reading to Critical Writing; Guidelines for Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations ; The Practice: A Visual Research Approach - Photographic Ethnography; The Practitioners: Sapsed Et Al on the Economic Value of Research Appendix Working With Your Supervisor Time Management Written Communication Guidelines for Non-discriminatory Language Systems of Referencing Bibliography Index Acknowledgements

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Provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct effective research projects in creative disciplines and industries.

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Hilary Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Corporate Programmes (Executive Education) at The Open University in the UK. Hilary has a PhD in Strategic Design Management from the University of Strathclyde, UK and her professional career specialized in international business start-up in the field of design. Within her academic career Hilary has extensive experience of curriculum development in Europe and the Middle East within strategic design management.


"This well-written book provides a 'visual picture' of what creative enquiry looks like, helping my students understand the relationships between research and critical thinking, in context with their creative thinking." -- Nil Satana * Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA *

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