THE RESEARCH COMPANION
Social science research has traditionally focused on the historical study of research methods, frequently overlooking the practical skills needed to undertake a research project. The Research Companion addresses this need for instruction in the practice of research and offers clear, honest advice to help avoid typical problems and improve standards. The whole research process is covered in detail, from setting up a study through to presenting ﬁndings, with sections on all the basic tasks central to any research project, including:
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Planning research Researcher and participant safety Monitoring research in progress Research ethics.
The structure of the book means it is useful for researchers at all levels of experience. The numerous examples and case histories make it ideal for students just beginning their ﬁrst research project, while the breadth of coverage and wealth of practical tips will also be highly relevant to experienced researchers. This book will be invaluable to all researchers in the social or health sciences, whatever their level of experience, making research more accurate, ethical and productive. Petra M. Boynton is a lecturer in International Primary Care at University College London. She has been awarded Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Woman of Achievement” award for her educational work and was named one of Britain’s “women to watch” by The Guardian for being the UK’s ﬁrst evidence-based agony aunt.
The Research Companion
A practical guide for the social and health sciences
Petra M. Boynton
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