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Practising Research

Why you’re always part of the research process even when you think you’re not

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28 March 2016

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An indispensable guide to conducting research in the social sciences

Looking beyond the traditional boundaries of quantitative and qualitative research, this is an illuminating and accessible guide to thinking about the role...

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An indispensable guide to conducting research in the social sciences Looking beyond the traditional boundaries of quantitative and qualitative research, this is an illuminating and accessible guide to thinking about the role of the researcher – who they are, what they do, and how they shape their own practice. Written by an expert with many years' experience of teaching and research, it will help both novice and expert readers to assess and affect their own impact on their methodology and findings. A key introductory text suitable for students and early-career researchers working across the social and behavioural science. This book will be an essential reference for anybody who wishes to reflect on and develop their research skills.

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  • Includes examples of classic and contemporary research, drawn from a broad range of disciplines and real-life settings
  • Contains interviews with experienced researchers who provide reflections, ideas and suggestions based on their own experiences and practices 
  • Provides practical hints and tips, reflective questions and further reading sections that will equip readers with the skills and confidence to think deeply about their own research 

1. Why is the Researcher Important?
2. Researcher Positionality
3. Researcher as Instrument
4. Team Based Research
5. Researching the Self, Researching Oneself
6. Researcher Identity: Prospects and Challenges.

“This book and its deep exploration of the role of researcher, is timely. Academically robust yet accessible and digestible, the worked examples and clear yet personal writing style make this book an invaluable addition to any social science researchers collection.” (Eve Rapley, Qualitative Methods in Psychology, (23), 2018)
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Nollaig Frost is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK. She is the author of many papers and book chapters on research methodology, recently contributing to The Oxford Handbook of Multi- and Mixed-Methods Research Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2015) and The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sports and Exercise Psychology (Routledge, 2016). She sole-edited one of the first books on pluralistic research, Qualitative Research in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches, (Open University Press, 2011). Nollaig also writes about second-time motherhood, most recently contributing to Mothering and Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives (Demeter Press, 2014), and pursues...

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Nollaig Frost is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK. She is the author of many papers and book chapters on research methodology, recently contributing to The Oxford Handbook of Multi- and Mixed-Methods Research Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2015) and The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sports and Exercise Psychology (Routledge, 2016). She sole-edited one of the first books on pluralistic research, Qualitative Research in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches, (Open University Press, 2011). Nollaig also writes about second-time motherhood, most recently contributing to Mothering and Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives (Demeter Press, 2014), and pursues research interests in mental illness and migration.

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