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Table of Contents

Starting Points: Your Introduction
Preparing: Project Management, Ethics and Getting Clearance
The Literature Review
Decide on Your Question - Again
Methodology Part 1: Deciding on an Approach
Methodology Part 2: The Design Frame
The Right Tools for the Job: Data Gathering
How to Analyse and Discuss the Information You Gather
Concluding and Writing Up

About the Author

Gary Thomas is a professor of education at the University of Birmingham. His teaching and research have focused on inclusion, special education and research methodology in education, with a particular focus on case study. He has co-edited the International Journal of Research and Method in Education and the British Educational Research Journal and is currently executive editor of Educational Review.


Gary’s book, never more than a metre away, has been my indispensable research companion. With its easy layout, my well-worn copy, stripy with florescent marker and pencilled notes, has been my go-to, on-hand supervisor throughout my degree and has taken the distance out of distance learning. It replaces daunting and impossible with clarity and entertainment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it; it has been my gateway to achievement. 
*Ellie Davies Moore*

This book is in my view the best around on doing educational and social science research. It is refreshingly different from other research methods books; it is very readable, engaging and accessible for those without a social science background--rigorous and scholarly and full of helpful advice and guidance, and the updated interactive website is a real bonus. A joy to engage with, and I recommend it highly. 
*Peter Earley*

It is a great delight that Gary Thomas has now updated this book for its third edition. Of the many books that seek to support students in undertaking their projects, this is the most accessible and clearest, whilst maintaining the highest standards of scholarly rigour - and it is also the funniest!  Thomas really does show how undertaking research in education and social sciences can be a real pleasure.

*Ian Menter*

This excellent resource builds on the many strengths of previous editions and is accessible, comprehensive and extremely practical.  Offering fresh information and useful advice and guidance, it demystifies the world of research. Highly recommended for new and experienced researchers alike! 
*John Lalor*

I use this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students projects, but even seasoned researchers can find some useful tips in this book.  Gary Thomas demystifies research and makes its various components easy to understand.  From identifying the research topic, through practical advice on writing the literature review, choosing the right design, analysing data and writing up the research report – the book makes research easy.  The students like the textbook because the concepts are presented in accessible way and with some dose of humour.
*Anna Oksiutycz*

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