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The Research Journal

A Reflective Tool for Your First Independent Research Project

By Barbara Bassot

Published

18 Mar 2020

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447352785

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

18 Mar 2020

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1447352808

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£15.99 £12.79You save £3.20 (20%)
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    Are you worried about how to get your research project started and how to keep it on track? Do you wish you had help in gathering your thoughts and developing your ideas?

    This brilliant book is a great guide for students undertaking their first piece of independent research. Regular critical reflection is an invaluable tool for helping you gain new insights, deal with practical issues as they arise and develop your understanding. This book gets you started in the habit of using a research journal.

    Offering a systematic but flexible framework, the book enables you to:

    • Reflect at a deeper level about all aspects of your research;

    • Develop your arguments and ideas;

    • Process each part of your research project or dissertation;

    • Consider and confront challenges you may face in your project.

    Including key definitions, top tips and helpful exercises, the book will be invaluable to any student undertaking independent research across the social sciences.

    "A useful introductory and interactive journal for undergraduates beginning their first independent research project. A valuable tool to use throughout the research process that will aid students’ reflective thinking." Emma Craddock, University of Warwick

    "A refreshingly pragmatic book packed with ideas and directions that students embarking on their first research project will find incredibly valuable." Rachel Vipond, University of York

    "This research journal is essential reading. It is an invaluable tool for graduate students undertaking their first research project, and I would recommend it to all my dissertation students." Peter Hall, University of Suffolk

    Barbara Bassot is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Career and Personal Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and regularly supervises students doing their first piece of independent research.

    Introduction

    PART 1 ENGAGING IN THE RESEARCH PROCESS

    Theme 1 Journal writing

    Theme 2 Making a good start

    Theme 3 Time management

    Theme 4 Reading for research

    Theme 5 Key research terminology

    Theme 6 Research ethics

    Theme 7 Support and feedback

    Theme 8 Research management

    Theme 9 Motivation

    Theme 10 Submission and review

    PART 2: MY RESEARCH PROJECT

    The Research Process

    The introduction

    Literature review

    Methodology

    Data analysis

    Discussion

    Conclusions