martin brett davies doing a successful research project pdf
Davies, Martin Brett and Hughes, Nathan (2014) Doing a Successful Research Project:Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137306425
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This straightforward, student-friendly guide contains all the practical advice for successfully undertaking a research project, leading students through all the stages of the research process. The second edition of this no-nonsense textbook supports students in conducting their own research projects, whatever discipline they are from. Describing processes, tools and strategies in a simple, succinct way, it supports the reader carefully through the planning and design stages, to implementation, analysis and completion.
Interviewing is a common qualitative research strategy. Group interviewing or focus groups is also a viable option. “With focus group interviews, the researcher is able to collect data from multiple participants and also to observe and record the interactions and group dynamics that unfold” (Lodico, Spaulding, & Voegtle, 2006).
Key points to consider:
During a focus group interview, Davies (2007) explains how it is necessary to begin the interview with an explanation of the task at hand complete with timeframe, guiding topics, and rules to follow. “Two useful ideas are to ask people to be courteous to each other and to indicate that there is an expectation that all those present will be free to contribute equally” (Davies, 2007). Although you must begin with a set of preliminary questions, a focus group interview needs some flexibility to allow for group conversation. As the interviewer, you will interact as little as possible but interject questions that allow the group members to respond to each other (Lodico, Spaulding, & Voegtle, 2006).