Are you planning a desk-based qualitative research project, but aren’t sure how to get started?
This essential book provides all the guidance and advice you will need to complete your project. Using two key visual pedagogical tools, the Metaphorical Tent and the Research Triangle, the book shows you how to produce a vibrant and stimulating in-depth qualitative research that draws on high quality data readily available via the internet. The book:
• takes you through the research process step-by-step, from choosing a topic to writing up conclusions;
• examines a wide range of written, visual and audio data sources;
• includes helpful case studies to demonstrate practical application of concepts.
Concise, practical and jam-packed with valuable tips, features and examples, this book will enable you to complete a successful desk-based research project you can be proud of.
“Finally! A book that provides students with a clear, comprehensive, compassionate, and accessible guide to desk-based qualitative primary research. All dissertation modules should include this book on their reading list.” Emma Milne, Durham University
“From coming up with an idea to writing up, this is a brilliant ‘how to’ guide for those students doing qualitative dissertations from the confines of their desk.” Tom Clark, University of Sheffield
“Barbara Bassot captures the zeitgeist in this timely addition to the literature on undergraduate student research. This accessible book offers tailored guidance to conducting desk-based research on the information super-highway.” Martin E. Purcell, University of Dundee
“This text is a practical guide for undergraduates and postgraduate students. It provides a holistic overview of the nature and purpose of qualitative research and guidance on doing desk-based research.” Val Sylvester, Birmingham City University
“A highly engaging and accessible guide to undertaking qualitative desk-based research for a dissertation. The book gives insightful tips for students from start to finish – building on the author’s extensive experience.” Jessica Bradley, University of Sheffield
“A no-nonsense guide for the undergraduate dissertation journey.” Gernot Klantschnig, University of Bristol
Barbara Bassot is an Associate of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK where she worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Career and Personal Development for a number of years. She lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and regularly supervised students doing their first piece of independent research. She has published a number of books on research methods, reflective practice and career development.
How to use this book and its structure
Part 1: Preparing the ground
2. Choosing a topic
3. Keeping a research journal
4. Writing a strong research proposal
Part 2: Assembling the structure
5. The importance of your research question
6. Context, background and introduction
7. Selecting high quality data resources
8. Literature review
9. Desk-based methodologies
11. Data analysis and techniques
12. Writing conclusions and recommendations
Part 3: Keeping your tent stable and secure
13. Getting the support you need
14. Managing desk-based research