INRL 6020


Research Methods and Proposal Writing

Lecturer: Dr. Talia Esnard


Main Reading Texts

Please note: NGL-The Norman Girvan Library; AJL- The Alma Jordan Library

  1. Babbie, Earl (2001) The Practice of Social Research, 11th ed., Wadsworth Publishing Company. View (12th edition) online: Click here  Call number: H62 B2 2010 (NGL-Reserve) (12th Edition) (other editions available at NGL/AJL)

  2. Berg, Bruce, L (1998) Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences – 3rd. ed., Allyn and Bacon View (4th Edition) online: Click here ; eBook available via Ebscohost (9th Edition-2017); Call number: H61 .B4715 2007 (NGL-General; AJL-General) (6th Edition); (other editions available at NGL/AJL)

  3. Bernard, H. Russell (2000) Social Research Methods – Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Sage Publications Inc.Call number: H62 .B439 2000 (NGL-Reserve; AJL-General)

  4. Bryman, Alan (1988) Quantity and Quality in Social Research, Routledge View online: Click here; Call number: H62 .B785 1988 (NGL-Reserve; AJL-General)

  5. Creswell, John, W (1998) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design – Choosing Among Five Traditions, Sage Publications View online: Click here; Call number: H61 .C73 2013 (AJL-Reserve)

  6. Creswell, John W. 2009. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches.CA: Sage. View Online: Click here; Call number: H62 .C6963 2009 (NGL-Reserve; AJL-General) (other editions available at AJL)

  7. Gray. David, E. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World, 2nd. Ed., Sage Publications View Online: Click here; Call number: H62 .G72 2009 (NGL-General)

  8. Patton,Michael Quinn (1990) Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods, 2nd. Ed., Sage Publications View online: Click here; Call number: H62 .P3218 2002 (NGL-General)

  9. Saunders, Mark, Philip Lewis and Adrian Thornhill (2003) Research Methods for Business Students, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall View online: Click here (5th Edition)

  10. Teddlie, Charles, and Abbas Tashakkori. 2010. Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications. Call number: H62 .T294 2009 (AJL-General)


Supplementary Reading Texts

  1. Bryman, Alan and Duncan Cramer (1999) Quantitative Data Analysis – A Guide for Social Scientists, Routledge Call number: HA32 B7992 2011 (Education Library-Reserve)

  2. Day, Trevor.2013. Success in Academic Writing. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Call number: P301.5.A27 D39 2013 (Education Library-General)

  3. Hart, Chris. 1998. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Sciences. London: Sage. Call number: H62 .H2566 1998 (NGL-General; AJL-General; Education-General)

  4. Miller, Delbert, C and Neil J. Salkind (editors) (2002) Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement, Sixth Edition, Sage Publications (Chapter by John Creswell and Raymond Maietta) Call number: H62 .M44 2002 (NGL-Reserve)

  5. Neuman, W. Lawrence (1997) Social Research Methods, 3rd Ed., Allyn and Bacon View 7th Edition online: Click here; Call number: HM571 .N48 2011 (NGL-General/Reserve; AJL-Reserve)

  6. Shively, W. Phillips (1980) The Craft of Political Research, 2nd. Ed., Prentice Hall. View Online: Click here; Call number: JA71 .S45 2009 (NGL-Reserve)

  7. Singleton, Royce, A, Bruce C. Straits and Margaret Miller Straits (1993) Approaches to Social Research, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press Call number: H62 .S477 2010 (NGL-Reserve)

  8. Sommer, Barbara and Robert Sommer (1997)   A Practical Guide to Behavioural Research:  Tools and Techniques – 4th ed., Oxford University Press Call number: H62 .S72 2002 (NGL-Reserve)

  9. Welch, Susan and John Cramer (2001). Quantitative Methods for Public Administration: Techniques and Applications, 3rd Ed., Harcourt Inc. Call number: JF1411 .W45 2006 (NGL-Reserve)


Note:  Additional articles and other reading material may be recommended


Topic Readings

Topic 1:        The Nature and Essence of Research as a Process

Readings - Bernard: Chapters 1 and 3; Babbie: Chapters 1 to 3, Gray: Chapters 1 and 2

Topic 2:         Accessing and Reviewing the Literature

Reading - Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill: Chapters 3; Gray: Chapter 5

Topic 3:         Qualitative versus Quantitative Methodologies

Readings – Bernard: Chapter 11, Creswell: Chapter 4 and Bryman: Chapters 2 and 3; Berg: Chapter 1; Gray: Chapters 6, 7and 8

Topic 3:         Research Designs

Readings - Bernard: Chapter 2; Babbie: Chapters 4 and 5; Creswell: Chapter 2 and Chapter 3; Berg: Chapter 2; Gray: Chapters 9-12           

Topic 4:         Conceptualization and Measurement

                     Readings - Babbie: Chapters on “Conceptualization and Measurement” and “Operationalization”

Topic 5:         Sampling Designs and Challenges

Readings - Bernard: Chapters 4 and 5; Babbie: Chapters 8, 9 and 13; Patton: Chapter 5, pp169-186

Topic 7:         Methods and Data Collection Issues

Readings – Bernard: Chapters 6 to 10; Babbie: Chapters 6, 7, 10 and 11; Creswell: Chapter 7; Gray: Chapters 13-16

Topic 8:         Data Preparation and Evaluation of Quality

Readings – Singleton et al: Chapter 14; Creswell: Chapter 10; Patton: Chapter 9

Topic 9:         Analyzing Quantitative Data

Readings - Bernard: Chapters 14 to 16; Babbie: Chapters 14 to 17; Gray: Chapter 17

Topic 10:       Analyzing Qualitative Data

Readings - Bernard: Chapters 12 and 13; Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill: Chapter 12; Creswell: Chapter 8; Gray: Chapter 18

Topic 11:       Ethical Issues, Proposal and Report Writing

Readings - Babbie: Chapter 18 and Appendix C; Berg: Chapter 3 and 12; Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill: Chapters 2 (Section 2.5), 5 and 13; Gray: Chapters 4, 19 and 20

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