Introduction Some Central Issues Research Questions From Research Questions to Data Quantitative Research Design Collecting Quantitative Data The Analysis of Quantitative Data Qualitative Research Overview, Design and Grounded Theory Collecting Qualitative Data The Analysis of Qualitative Data Mixed Methods and Evaluative Criteria Research Writing
Keith F. Punch is a social research expert and was Winthrop Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Western Australia.
`This is a book which teachers of research methods will love as a reference text. Beginning as well as established researchers will benefit from the informative overview of the basic concepts and latest issues in mixed methods' - British Journal of Educational Psychology `Valuable advice to the beginning (and the not so experienced) social researcher. It represents a valuable resource for those who are writing research proposals, for those at the start of their research projects, and also for those who are further along the research line' - Sociological Research Online `A wonderful addition to research literature on methods in the social sciences. I will use it with my students. I especially appreciate how Punch combines quantitative and qualitative and provides frameworks for comparing and thinking across research methodologies. He is to be congratulated on an especially fine text' - John Creswell, University of Nebraska `This is an important contribution to the literature on social science research methods. I will use this book as an excellent starting point in research training' - John Hattie, University of North Carolina and University of Auckland `Comprehensive, covers all the essentials for the beginning researcher. It has a good mix of methods, is very easy to read, and written in a clear user-friendly tone. The illustrations are great. I would recommend it to any research student' - Anne McMurray, Griffith University and Chair, Royal College of Nursing Research Society, Australia `This book covers the essentials of both quantitative and qualitative research in a logical, balanced and accessible way, using many examples and an easy-to-understand view of research. It is a great book for graduate students in all areas of social science and it should be on the shelf of all researchers' - Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager