Insights from When Things Go Wrong
Edited by Keith Townsend and Mark N.K. Saunders
Research can be a lonely path and there are myriad challenges and problems to face with any research project. In this research methods book, novice and experienced researchers tell stories of when things went wrong in their research projects. Drawing on real life experiences, researchers from post graduate research students to experienced professors will benefit from these insider insights, advice and lessons about the practical difficulties and how they may be addressed. The result is an engaging read and a helpful and reassuring guide to the research process. Arranged as a series of chapters interspersed with vignettes the researchers’ stories provide the reader with insights into different facets and stages of the research process from finding a supervisor thorough designing surveys and conducting interviews and analysing data, to re-writing and dealing with feedback. It will be invaluable for doctoral and more experienced researchers grappling with the realities of undertaking research.
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- How to Keep Your Research Project on Track
- Chapter 1: Shit happens, but you have a job to do!
- Chapter 2: Developing research ideas
- Chapter 3: On the path to enlightenment? Reviewing the literature systematically – or not
- Chapter 4: The master and apprentice: lessons from two PhD supervisors and a recent PhD graduate
- Chapter 5: ‘Finders, keepers, losers, weepers!’ A doctoral candidate’s reality of changing thesis advisors
- Chapter 6: Reply all, tweets and social media: technological friends for developing a professional identity that need to be treated with care
- Chapter 7: Coming up with a research question: opinions, feedback and networking
- Chapter 8: Finding epistemology
- Chapter 9: Bounce back, firewalls and legal threats: reaching respondents using Internet questionnaires
- Chapter 10: Finding the truth amongst conflicting evidence
- Chapter 11: Rolling with the punches
- Chapter 12: Access, involvement and interference: encounters and experiences of case studies
- Chapter 13: Is a pilot necessary?
- Chapter 14: The precarious nature of access
- Chapter 15: The diminishing dissertation: seven cases to three+
- Chapter 16: So, I guess we’re probably finished then
- Chapter 17: Your incentives are too lucrative: caution in rewarding interview participants
- Chapter 18: Sales skills for researchers
- Chapter 19: Being flexible in interviews: make sure that you account for power imbalance
- Chapter 20: ‘. . . Just one goat’: the importance of interpretation in qualitative data analysis
- Chapter 21: Analysing quantitative data
- Chapter 22: When the words just won’t come
- Chapter 23: I’m a paper person or maybe not?
- Chapter 24: A mug of stress
- Chapter 25: Excuse me . . . should that comma be there? Dealing with awkward questions
- Chapter 26: Finding the time to progress your research, and the big lie that you are part of!
- Chapter 27: Authorship in action
- Chapter 28: ‘They think I’m stupid’: dealing with supervisor feedback
- Chapter 29: Grasping roses or nettles? Losing and finding ourselves in research projects
- Chapter 30: Using social media to enhance your research
- Chapter 31: Organisations, clients and feminists: getting in, coming back and having fun
- Chapter 32: Born to . . . write, rewrite and rewrite again
- Chapter 33: ‘I’m over it . . .’
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