Research

Practical Research Methods

A User-friendly Guide to Mastering Research Techniques and Projects

Author: Catherine Dawson

Publisher: How To Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781857038293

Category: Research

Page: 158

View: 4908

This practical, down-to-earth guide is written for those new to research and it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. The author has worked as a researcher since the mid 1980s and has written and taught courses on research methodology at the university level.
Business & Economics

An Assessment of Woreda Capactiy: The Case of Gindeberet and Abuna Gindeberet Wereda in Oromia National Regional State

Author: Telaye Fikadu Mulubiran

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 3954891824

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 124

View: 2193

This research assesses woreda capacity in Gindeberet and Abuna Gindeberet Woreda of West Shoa Zone Oromia National Regional State since the implementation of District Level Decentralization Program. To this end, the study assesses the human resource, financial, managerial, facility capacity as well as the extent to which enabling work environment and community participation is available. The findings indicate that the capacity building program which was launched to address the problem of rural woredas has not brought about significant changes though there are some improvements in terms of community participation, service delivery and responsiveness to customers. However, constraints of resources and its utilization, lack of conducive work condition, lack of strong political leadership and commitment, and lack of governance system are identified as factors responsible for the ineffectiveness of the program. It is therefore recommended that for the capacity building effort to be materialized, there is a need for resources and proper utilization, strong political leadership and commitment, enabling work environment and an improved governance system.
Education

Mentorship Strategies in Teacher Education

Author: Dikilitas, Kenan,Mede, Enisa,Atay, Derin

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522540512

Category: Education

Page: 347

View: 8610

Mentoring in teacher education has been a key issue in ensuring the healthy development of teacher learning. Variety in the actualization of mentoring can lead to the exposition of new qualities and the evolving roles that mentors might undertake. Mentorship Strategies in Teacher Education provides emerging research on international educational mentoring practices and their implementation in teacher education. While highlighting topics such as e-mentoring, preservice teachers, and teacher program evaluation, this publication explores the implementations and implications that inform the existing practices of teacher education mentoring. This book is a vital resource for researchers, educators, and practitioners seeking current research on the understanding and development of existing mentorship strategies in a variety of fields and disciplines.
Education

Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals

Author: W. Paul Vogt

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205359134

Category: Education

Page: 334

View: 7828

This concise text discusses a wide range of quantitative research methods, including advanced techniques such as logic regression, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Because the text emphasizes concepts rather than mathematics and computational formulas, it is accessible to a wide range of research users, Professional practitioners in areas such as education, business, social work, and psychology gain an understanding of research methods, enabling them to interpret advanced research in their fields. Features: -Accessibility to readers of any level, including those with no mathematics beyond elementary arithmetic and a limited background in research methods and statistics, as text discusses advanced methods with ease. -Three part organization-The Basics, Advanced Methods, and Specialized Applications-provides instructors the flexibility to choose among advanced techniques and specialized applications. -Real data is used to illustrate and compare the uses of analytic techniques. Students are provided with the data sets so they can use a statistical package to try out the techniques on their own. -Integrated discussions of design and measurement as well as analysis provide students with a complete picture of the entire research process. -Helpful and thoughtful discussion questions help instructors and students probe subjects more deeply and apply the chapters' concepts to topics of particular interest to them. -An informative self-test comprised of multiple-choice and true-false questions concludes each chapter. -An online Instructor's Manual contains discussion of self-test questions and their answers, as well as hundreds of additional field-tested test questions that instructors may use for their examinations. Package this text with [ MyLabSchool Logo ] and Research Navigator-a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!
Social Science

Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Author: Patricia Bazeley,Kristi Jackson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446282473

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Lecturers/instructors only - request a free digital inspection copy here This straightforward, jargon-free book provides an invaluable introduction to planning and conducting qualitative data analysis with NVivo. Written by leading authorities, with over 40 years combined experience in computer-assisted analysis of qualitative and mixed-mode data, the new edition of this best selling textbook is an ideal mix of practical instruction, methodology and real world examples. Practical, clear and focused the book effectively shows how NVivo software can accommodate and assist analysis across a wide range of research questions, data types, perspectives and methodologies. It sets out: The power and flexibility of the NVivo software How best to use NVivo at each stage in your research project Examples from the authors' own research and the sample data that accompanies the software, supplemented with vignettes drawn from across the social sciences Annotated screen shots A website with links to data, sample projects, supplementary/updated instructions, and SAGE journal content This second edition contains new chapters on handling a literature review, visualizing data, working in mixed methods and social media datasets, and approaching NVivo as a team. An insightful step-by-step guide to the messy reality of doing computer-assisted analysis, this successful book is essential reading for anyone considering using NVivo software. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.
Social Science

Doing a Successful Research Project

Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods

Author: Martin Brett Davies,Nathan Hughes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137306491

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Carrying out a research project is a daunting task, presenting you with deadline anxieties, unfamiliar language and practical dilemmas. This book is a straightforward, user-friendly guide on how to manage your research project successfully - akin to having a tutor at your side. Doing a Successful Research Project: • offers an accessible introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods • takes you through the entire research process from planning to write-up • includes extensive real-life examples of good and bad research practice The second edition of this no-nonsense textbook, containing further discussion of internet-based research methods, research ethics and more, provides students with the self-discipline and the confidence to conduct their own research projects, whatever discipline they are from, and also the understanding required to identify the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies.
Mathematics

The R Book

Author: Michael J. Crawley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118448960

Category: Mathematics

Page: 1080

View: 2460

Hugely successful and popular text presenting an extensive and comprehensive guide for all R users The R language is recognized as one of the most powerful and flexible statistical software packages, enabling users to apply many statistical techniques that would be impossible without such software to help implement such large data sets. R has become an essential tool for understanding and carrying out research. This edition: Features full colour text and extensive graphics throughout. Introduces a clear structure with numbered section headings to help readers locate information more efficiently. Looks at the evolution of R over the past five years. Features a new chapter on Bayesian Analysis and Meta-Analysis. Presents a fully revised and updated bibliography and reference section. Is supported by an accompanying website allowing examples from the text to be run by the user. Praise for the first edition: ‘…if you are an R user or wannabe R user, this text is the one that should be on your shelf. The breadth of topics covered is unsurpassed when it comes to texts on data analysis in R.’ (The American Statistician, August 2008) ‘The High-level software language of R is setting standards in quantitative analysis. And now anybody can get to grips with it thanks to The R Book…’ (Professional Pensions, July 2007)
Computers

Mastering CloudForms Automation

An Essential Guide for Cloud Administrators

Author: Peter McGowan

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491957204

Category: Computers

Page: 432

View: 663

Learn how to work with the Automate feature of CloudForms, the powerful Red Hat cloud management platform that lets you administer your virtual infrastructure, including hybrid public and private clouds. This practical hands-on introduction shows you how to increase your operational efficiency by automating day-to-day tasks that now require manual input. Throughout the book, author Peter McGowan provides a combination of theoretical information and practical coding examples to help you learn the Automate object model. With this CloudForms feature, you can create auto-scalable cloud applications, eliminate manual decisions and operations when provisioning virtual machines and cloud instances, and manage your complete virtual machine lifecycle. In six parts, this book helps you: Learn the objects and concepts for developing automation scripts with CloudForms Automate Customize the steps and workflows involved in provisioning virtual machines Create and use service catalogs, items, dialogs, objects, bundles, and hierarchies Use CloudForm’s updated workflow to retire and delete virtual machines and services Orchestrate and coordinate with external services as part of a workflow Explore distributed automation processing as well as argument passing and handling
Computers

Improving the User Experience through Practical Data Analytics

Gain Meaningful Insight and Increase Your Bottom Line

Author: Mike Fritz,Paul D. Berger

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 0128006781

Category: Computers

Page: 396

View: 4744

Improving the User Experience through Practical Data Analytics shows you how to make UX design decisions based on data—not hunches. Authors Fritz and Berger help the UX professional recognize the enormous potential of user data that is collected as a natural by-product of routine UX research methods, including moderated usability tests, unmoderated usability tests, surveys, and contextual inquiries. Then, step-by-step, they explain how to utilize both descriptive and predictive statistical techniques to gain meaningful insight with that data. By mastering the use of these techniques, you’ll delight your users, increase your bottom line and gain a powerful competitive advantage for your company—and yourself. Key features include: Practical advise on choosing the right data analysis technique for each project. A step-by-step methodology for applying each technique, including examples and scenarios drawn from the UX field. Detailed screen shots and instructions for performing the techniques using Excel (both for PC and Mac) and SPSS. Clear and concise guidance on interpreting the data output. Exercises to practice the techniques Practical guidance on choosing the right data analysis technique for each project. Real-world examples to build a theoretical and practical understanding of key concepts from consumer and financial verticals. A step-by-step methodology for applying each predictive technique, including detailed examples. A detailed guide to interpreting the data output and examples of how to effectively present the findings in a report. Exercises to learn the techniques
Psychology

Collecting Qualitative Data

A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques

Author: Virginia Braun,Victoria Clarke,Debra Gray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316849058

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

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Is there more to qualitative data collection than face-to-face interviews? Answering with a resounding 'yes', this book introduces the reader to a wide array of exciting and novel techniques for collecting qualitative data in the social and health sciences. Collecting Qualitative Data offers a practical and accessible guide to textual, media and virtual methods currently under-utilised within qualitative research. Contributors from a range of disciplines share their experiences of implementing a particular technique, provide step-by-step guidance to using that approach, and highlight both the potential and pitfalls. From gathering blog data to the story completion method to conducting focus groups online, the methods and data types featured in this book are ideally suited to student projects and other time- and resource-limited research. In presenting several innovative ways that data can be collected, new modes of scholarship and new research orientations are opened up to student researchers and established scholars alike.
English literature

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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Reference

A practical guide to research methods

Author: Gerhard Lang,George D. Heiss

Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer

ISBN: 9780761809807

Category: Reference

Page: 190

View: 9844

This book attempts to stimulate interest in and to improve the usefulness of the introductory research course or research training workshop by focusing the material on the needs and interests of the neophyte researcher.
Medical

Designing Clinical Research

Author: Stephen B. Hulley,Steven R. Cummings,Warren S. Browner,Deborah G. Grady,Thomas B. Newman

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 1469840545

Category: Medical

Page: 378

View: 2196

Designing Clinical Research sets the standard for providing a practical guide to planning, tabulating, formulating, and implementing clinical research, with an easy-to-read, uncomplicated presentation. This product incorporates current research methodology--including molecular and genetic clinical research--and offers an updated syllabus for conducting a clinical research workshop. Emphasis is on common sense as the main ingredient of good science. The book explains how to choose well-focused research questions and details the steps through all the elements of study design, data collection, quality assurance, and basic grant-writing.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End

A Road Map From Beginning to End

Author: Linda Dale Bloomberg,Marie Volpe

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452202702

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

View: 3965

Graduate students often struggle with turning qualitative research projects into a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation because the research itself is inherently messy. Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End, Second Edition helps address that challenge. Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe have distilled decades of experience of dissertation advisement and successful doctoral defenses into this highly practical reference for graduate students. They focus on finding and articulating a clear research problem, purpose, and questions; laying out a research design that will lead to gathering the right kind of data and support the right kind of analysis; and writing up and defending the study. To help, they provide working tools, an integrative summary discussion at the end of each chapter, comprehensive checkists, and an annotated bibliography in each chapter.
Computers

The Pragmatic Programmer

From Journeyman to Master

Author: Andrew Hunt,David Thomas

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 013211917X

Category: Computers

Page: 352

View: 1559

What others in the trenches say about The Pragmatic Programmer... “The cool thing about this book is that it’s great for keeping the programming process fresh. The book helps you to continue to grow and clearly comes from people who have been there.” —Kent Beck, author of Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change “I found this book to be a great mix of solid advice and wonderful analogies!” —Martin Fowler, author of Refactoring and UML Distilled “I would buy a copy, read it twice, then tell all my colleagues to run out and grab a copy. This is a book I would never loan because I would worry about it being lost.” —Kevin Ruland, Management Science, MSG-Logistics “The wisdom and practical experience of the authors is obvious. The topics presented are relevant and useful.... By far its greatest strength for me has been the outstanding analogies—tracer bullets, broken windows, and the fabulous helicopter-based explanation of the need for orthogonality, especially in a crisis situation. I have little doubt that this book will eventually become an excellent source of useful information for journeymen programmers and expert mentors alike.” —John Lakos, author of Large-Scale C++ Software Design “This is the sort of book I will buy a dozen copies of when it comes out so I can give it to my clients.” —Eric Vought, Software Engineer “Most modern books on software development fail to cover the basics of what makes a great software developer, instead spending their time on syntax or technology where in reality the greatest leverage possible for any software team is in having talented developers who really know their craft well. An excellent book.” —Pete McBreen, Independent Consultant “Since reading this book, I have implemented many of the practical suggestions and tips it contains. Across the board, they have saved my company time and money while helping me get my job done quicker! This should be a desktop reference for everyone who works with code for a living.” —Jared Richardson, Senior Software Developer, iRenaissance, Inc. “I would like to see this issued to every new employee at my company....” —Chris Cleeland, Senior Software Engineer, Object Computing, Inc. “If I’m putting together a project, it’s the authors of this book that I want. . . . And failing that I’d settle for people who’ve read their book.” —Ward Cunningham Straight from the programming trenches, The Pragmatic Programmer cuts through the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development to examine the core process--taking a requirement and producing working, maintainable code that delights its users. It covers topics ranging from personal responsibility and career development to architectural techniques for keeping your code flexible and easy to adapt and reuse. Read this book, and you'll learn how to Fight software rot; Avoid the trap of duplicating knowledge; Write flexible, dynamic, and adaptable code; Avoid programming by coincidence; Bullet-proof your code with contracts, assertions, and exceptions; Capture real requirements; Test ruthlessly and effectively; Delight your users; Build teams of pragmatic programmers; and Make your developments more precise with automation. Written as a series of self-contained sections and filled with entertaining anecdotes, thoughtful examples, and interesting analogies, The Pragmatic Programmer illustrates the best practices and major pitfalls of many different aspects of software development. Whether you're a new coder, an experienced programmer, or a manager responsible for software projects, use these lessons daily, and you'll quickly see improvements in personal productivity, accuracy, and job satisfaction. You'll learn skills and develop habits and attitudes that form the foundation for long-term success in your career. You'll become a Pragmatic Programmer.
Computers

Research-based Web Design & Usability Guidelines

Author: N.A

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160762703

Category: Computers

Page: 267

View: 3802

Although recent findings show the public increasingly interacting with government Web sites, a common problem is that people can’t find what they’re looking for. In other words, the sites lack usability. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines aid in correcting this problem by providing the latest Web design guidance from the research and other forms of evidence. This unique publication has been updated from its earlier version to include over 40 new or updated research guidelines, bringing the total to 209. Primary audiences for the book are: Web managers, designers, and all staff involved in the creation of Web sites. Topics in the book include: home page design, page and site navigation, graphics and images, effective Web content writing, and search. A new section on usability testing guidance has been added. Experts from across government, industry, and academia have reviewed and contributed to the development of the Guidelines. And, since their introduction in 2003, the Guidelines have been widely used by government, private, and academic institutions to improve Web design.
Computers

Managing Data in Motion

Data Integration Best Practice Techniques and Technologies

Author: April Reeve

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 0123977916

Category: Computers

Page: 204

View: 5846

Managing Data in Motion describes techniques that have been developed for significantly reducing the complexity of managing system interfaces and enabling scalable architectures. Author April Reeve brings over two decades of experience to present a vendor-neutral approach to moving data between computing environments and systems. Readers will learn the techniques, technologies, and best practices for managing the passage of data between computer systems and integrating disparate data together in an enterprise environment. The average enterprise's computing environment is comprised of hundreds to thousands computer systems that have been built, purchased, and acquired over time. The data from these various systems needs to be integrated for reporting and analysis, shared for business transaction processing, and converted from one format to another when old systems are replaced and new systems are acquired. The management of the "data in motion" in organizations is rapidly becoming one of the biggest concerns for business and IT management. Data warehousing and conversion, real-time data integration, and cloud and "big data" applications are just a few of the challenges facing organizations and businesses today. Managing Data in Motion tackles these and other topics in a style easily understood by business and IT managers as well as programmers and architects. Presents a vendor-neutral overview of the different technologies and techniques for moving data between computer systems including the emerging solutions for unstructured as well as structured data types Explains, in non-technical terms, the architecture and components required to perform data integration Describes how to reduce the complexity of managing system interfaces and enable a scalable data architecture that can handle the dimensions of "Big Data"
Business & Economics

The Essence of Research Methodology

A Concise Guide for Master and PhD Students in Management Science

Author: Jan Jonker,Bartjan Pennink

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783642424786

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 171

View: 3857

Methodology is the ?eld which is indisputably complex. In the academic world, it is often said to be important, yet in everyday academic practice, it is not always treated accordingly. In teaching, methodology is often a mandatory course. Usually, it consists of learning how to adopt several common approaches when doing research, and how to conceive a research design (often leading to a survey). This usually leads to collecting data on a modest scale and – when the opportunity arises – analysing the data with the help of some statistics. Ask the students of their opinion at the end of such a course and they tend to heave a deep sigh of relief and say, “I have got through it. ” Then their real courses start again, in which methodology often does not play a role at all. We are of the opinion that writing-off methodology in this way is a real pity. It ignores the valuable role that methodology should play in academic teaching as a whole. Here, methodology is presented as a form of thinking and acting that, while obviously entailing research work, can also include the design and change of organisations. This broad approach has been purposefully chosen, as it is almost obvious from research and graduation projects that the students do not really have a clue what methodology involves and, therefore, wasting their time by producing work that has a little quality.
Social Science

Introduction to Research Methods

Author: Robert B Burns

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 9780761965923

Category: Social Science

Page: 624

View: 3363

A comprehensive introductory research methods guide, this textbook provides students with an understanding of the concepts and techniques of qualitative and quantitative research. It uses simple examples and practice exercises to demystify complex theories and methodologies. Features include: · STQ's - Self Testing Questions (and answers) · Summaries, suggestions for further reading, examples and case studies for each chapter · Consideration of the ethics of research · Comprehensive coverage of quantitative methods, qualitative methods and survey methods . Hints on how to use of the leading software packages for quantitative and qualitative research, SPSS and NUD·

Research Methods

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1349926728

Category:

Page: N.A

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