14. Wilkinson, D., Birmingham, P. (2003). Using research instruments. RoutledgeFalmer.
'a useful, accessible and short guide for the novice researcher in social sciences at undergraduate level, and also for those practitioners conducting research within their organizations without seeking academic credit.'
Professor Malcolm Tight, University of Warwick, on the companion title, The Researcher's Toolkit GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE MECHANICS OF YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT
Clear, accessible and practical, Using Research Instruments: A Guide for Researchers introduces the first-time researcher to the various instruments used in social research. It assesses the relative merits of a broad range of research instruments - from the well established to the innovative - enabling readers to decide which are particularly well suited to their own research.
The book covers:
QUESTIONNAIRES • INTERVIEWS • CONTENT ANALYSIS • FOCUS GROUPS * OBSERVATION • RESEARCHING THE THINGS PEOPLE SAY AND DO* This book is particularly suitable for work-based and undergraduate researchers in education, social policy and social work, nursing and business administration. It draws numerous examples from actual research projects, which readers can adapt for their own purposes. Written in a fresh and jargon-free style, the book assumes no prior knowledge and is firmly rooted in the authors' extensive research experience.
Using Research Instruments is the ideal companion volume to The Researcher's Toolkit. Together they offer a superb practical introduction to conducting a social research project.
David Wilkinson is a Research Fellow within the Work-Based Learning Unit at the University of Leeds. He is the editor of The Researcher's Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Practitioner Research, also published by Routledge Falmer. Peter Birmingham is a Research Officer at the University of Oxford, Department of Educational Studies, and a contributor to The Researcher's Toolkit.