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.
In the preface to this book, I mentioned that one of the major reasons I decided to take on this project was because, as an early graduate student, I could never quite find a book about methodology that worked for me. The books I found were either focused solely on narrow areas of research or were daunting, voluminous tomes that attempted to address every methodological detail. In this book, I have attempted to find a middle ground, providing an overview of many aspects of research while attempting to avoid being bogged down in lengthy discussions of particular topics that an interested reader could explore elsewhere.
Another experience that motivated me to write this book was my earliest experience of teaching methodology to upper-level undergraduates. As ...