Stressing the link between research and theory-building, this concise book shows students how new knowledge is discovered through the process of research. The author presents a model that ties together research processes across the various traditions and shows how different types of research interrelate. The book is sophisticated in its presentation, but provides explanation of higher-level concepts in an accessible and engaging manner. Throughout the book, the author treats research methodologies as universal and logically appropriate ways of answering a wide range of interesting questions, rather than just a set of tools to be applied. The book is an excellent guide for students who will be consumers of research and who need to understand how theory and research interrelate.
This chapter begins by defining the concepts of research and methodology. It presents a model of research processes that links different types of research activities into a unified whole. It briefly discusses each of the steps involved in research, starting with the importance of devising a good research question at the outset of a research project.
How do we know what we know? If you live in a developed country, you probably live within a knowledge-based economy within an interconnected knowledge-based world. You depend on knowledge-based products in your daily life: things like computers, medicines, and the bridges and roads that you use on the way to work. Your government enacts policies intended for the public good based, sometimes at least, on expert ...