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Author Harboe, Thomas

Title Method and Project Writing : an Introduction
Edition 2nd ed
Published Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur, 2013
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Contents Forside; Titelpage; Colophon; Contents; Chapter 1; Introduction; 1.1. What is social science?; 1.2. What is method?; 1.3. What is the scientific part of social science?; 1.4. What does it mean to be good at method?; 1.5. The key points of the book ; Chapter 2; Planning; 2.1. Linear or circular process?; 2.2. Project plan; Chapter 3; Get off to a good start -- and finish on time; 3.1. Start writing early in the process; 3.2. Obtain a good structure with mind maps; 3.3. Use IT tools for brainstorming, structuring and problem statement; 3.5. How to best read specialist literature?; Chapter 4
5.3. What determines the selection of method? 5.4. The combination of qualitative and quantitative methods; 5.5 Could you settle for either qualitative or quantitative methods?; Chapter 6; Research design; 6.1. Experiments; 6.2. The case study; 6.3. Quantitative survey; 6.4. Action research; 6.5. Comparison; Chapter 7; Questioning techniques; 7.1. The qualitative interview; 7.2. Focus group and group interview; 7.3. Telephone interviews; Chapter 8; Questionnaire; 8.1. The questions; 8.2. Response categories; 8.3. Accompanying letter and instructions; Chapter 9; Observation
9.1. The Environment of the observation9.2. The role/status of the observer; 9.3. Level of activity; 9.4. Level of information; 9.5. The nature of the collected data; Chapter 10; Literature searching; 10.1. Literature search methods; 10.2. Describe your literature search strategies; Chapter 11; 11.1. Quality criteria ; Chapter 12; What is theory?; 12.1. Concepts are the key building blocks of theories ; 12.2. Exercise care when combining different theories; 12.3. Defining concepts ; 12.4. How you can use theory in your project ; 12.5. Too much or too little theory in the project?; Chapter 13
Problem statement13.1. What is a good topic? ; 13.2. The problem statement as a rudder ; 12.3. Two examples of problem statements -- from first draft to final version ; 13.4. The problem statement as a description of contents; Chapter 14; Operationalization; 14.1. Example of operationalization process; 14.2. Be careful in the operationalization; Chapter 15; Sampling of respondents; 15.1. Random sampling; 15.2. Non-random sampling; 15.3. How large should the sample be?; 15.4. What about the people who do not respond?; Chapter 16; Access to sensitive data; 16.1. What is sensitive data?
Use of supervisor4.1. What is constructive supervision?; 4.2. When should you first consult your supervisor?; 4.3. Supervision after the first meeting; 4.4. Is it all right to send emails to your supervisor?; 4.5. Should the supervisor approve (parts of) your project before you hand it in?; 4.6. What kind of texts are good drafts for supervision?; 4.7. Always enclose a letter; Chapter 5; Data collection: quantitative and qualitative methods; 5.1. Special characteristic features of quantitative methods; 5.2. Special characteristic features of qualitative methods
Notes 16.2. Collection and handling of sensitive data
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