Reviews: Research skills

12 reviews found for "Research skills"
Book review : Doing your education research project
This is a book review of Doing your education research project by Neil Burton et al. published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412947558. It was reviewed by Dr. Fiona Hyland of ESCalate at the University of Bristol. The book is divided into three sections: 1) Think before you do, 2) Planning and preparation, 3) Reporting - making sense of the outcomes. Each section is broken down into chapters with 12 in total. This concise text has plenty of...
Book review : Information skills for education students : a practical guide for education students
This is a book review of Information skills for education students : a practical guide for education students by Lloyd Richardson and Heather McBryde-Wilding, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844451906. It was reviewed by Linda Jones of Imperial College London on behalf of ESCalate. This book is divided into eight chapters, organised into a clear hierarchy so that readers are advised to start at the beginning and not take short...
Book review : Key issues for education researchers
This is a book review of Key issues for education researchers by Diana Burton, Steve Bartlett, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847873583. It was reviewed by Mary McAteer on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to introduce the reader to the nature of research and how it can be conducted. The book starts by mapping out the territory and context for educational research, discussing paradigms and perspectives, and significantly, ethical approaches...
Book review : Quantitative data analysis in education : a critical introduction using SPSS
This is a book review of Quantitative data analysis in education : a critical introduction using SPSS by Paul Connolly, published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 0415372984. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms on behalf of ESCalate. This powerful introduction builds up your confidence to tackle the succeeding six chapters a little at a time; each chapter maintaining the introductory-level feel. By the end of Chapter 1 the reader will have travelled...
Book review : Researching online
This is a book review of Researching online by David Dolowitz, Steve Buckler and Fionnghuala Sweeney, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008, ISBN 9781403997227. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. One good reason for bothering to read ‘Researching Online’ is that authors Dolowitz, Buckler and Sweeney point out many of the hurdles faced by researchers when trying to navigate infinite online resources in order to...
Book review : Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process
This is a book review of Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process by Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R. Newton, published by Sage in 2007, ISBN 9781412916790. It was reviewed by Pamela Parker ofCity University on behalf of ESCalate. The book is clearly divided into three parts which cover ‘Getting Started’, ‘Working With the Content’ and ‘Working With Process’. Getting Started covers the research process, selecting...
Book review : The good writing guide for education students
This a book review of The good writing guide for education students, updated 2nd edition, by Dominic Wyse, published by Sage Publications in 2007 ISBN 9781412948593. It was reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex for ESCalate. The book is split into two parts, part 1 being about reading and thinking. Part 2 is about the actual writing process. The guide takes students through the process of wider reading; why it is necessary, how...
Book review : The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students
This is a book review of The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students by Diana Ridley, Sage Publication 2008, ISBN 9781412934268. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd for ESCalate. The tools for successful review contained in this book include strategies for reading and note-taking, structuring the literature review and the continuing process of literature review, reference management and in-text citations. Students will also...
Book review : Writing for academic journals
This is a book review of Writing for academic journals by Rowena Murray, published by the Open University Press in 2005, ISBN 9780335213924. It was reviewed by Linda Barlow-Meade of Northumbria University on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to develop academic writing skills and thereby increase the likelihood of successful submissions of academic papers. Murray makes the point that there is an assumption that writing is what academics ‘do’....
Book Review: Learning to Read Critically in Teaching and Learning
This is the second book in the series of Learning to Read Critically. It is designed to support research-based teaching on masters and taught doctorate courses. The book is divided into three related sections in which students are shown how to critically review research literature alongside research reports that have been chosen as models of good practice upon which they can practice their critical reviewing skills
Book Review: The Essential Guide to Postgraduate Study
The stated aim of this book is to provide guidance for prospective and current postgraduates as well as those interested in better understanding postgraduate study in the UK. The introductory chapters explore the purposes of undertaking postgraduate study, the range of options available from a postgraduate Certificate through to a PhD, where to study, and how to obtain funding for studentships. The remaining chapters cover developing research...
Book Review: Using Research Instruments: A Guide For Researchers
There is often a gap between understanding the principles that should guide research and the selection of research methods on the one hand and actually using research methods for data collection on the other. With this text the authors have produced a book that will help new researchers operationalise the process of data collection. The text does not set out to be comprehensive but it does deal with core approaches to data collection:...