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Publisher's Summary

We rely on effective research in many areas of life, and at times our lives even depend on it. But what is it that makes research effective? Any good research rests upon, above all else, method. In these 24 dynamic lectures, you’ll discover the remarkable procedures and techniques that make research such a powerful tool. This brilliantly conceived course gives you a deep, detailed, and practical guide to proper research methods - methods that are broadly applicable to all kinds of research.

As groundwork for your own research project, you’ll investigate ethics in research, the role of reviewing the scholarly literature, how to choose a topic for your research and a research question, how to choose the best research design for your project, and how to measure your data.

You’ll then study the most important categories of research design and methodology, including: 

  • The Classic Experiment - Grasp the procedure of the experiment, the hallmark of research in the sciences
  • Surveys - Learn to design and run a survey, and construct survey questions
  • Case Studies - Delve into the workings of the case study and how to choose your cases for a case study project
  • Field Research -Take a deep look at the use of interviews and how to conduct them, and at observation research, which observes the behavior of subjects in the field
  • Applied Research - Investigate action research, which seeks collaborative solutions to real-world problems

In the final section of the course, you’ll learn to analyze your data and communicate your findings. Here, you’ll study quantitative data analysis, interpreting your findings through simple statistical calculations, and qualitative data analysis, which involves discerning meaning and patterns in data. And you’ll learn how to share your findings, from the formal research report to less formal approaches. In Effective Research Methods for Any Project, you’ll gain real skill with this practical and transformative approach to knowledge creation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Absolutely Wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful reading. This work should be required reading for all research and doctoral students.

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I had trouble with some parts of this work because it felt like each sentence contained a different piece of knowledge and I typically listen while either moving between classes or driving. In these contexts I don't have the capacity to fully analyse each sentence. One way I've seen this addressed in other Great Courses, either intentionally or accidentally, is to provide either a justification or an example with each piece of information. This forces the lecturer to slow down so the distracted among us can catch up and also provides some context for those of us that have their full attention focused.

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Mostly Amazing

The book itself is very informative and very well written. However, Lecture 13 is not separated, causing it to be a 6 hours chapter.

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T his is the best a nd easy t follow book!

If I would of had this audio book before, I would had finished.! This writer gave the reader the motivation to complete the written project. The writer focused on all the specific topics that needed to be covered, by giving the reader examples and detailed decriptions. I would recommend this book to all my scholarly friends.

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Completely disillusioned by authors sci illiteracy

At the beginning of chapter 2 the author cites the famous John Cook study claiming that 97% of scientists agree global warming is a man made threat. Anyone who has read that study and looked at the data (as I have) will know that this claim is false. Utterly and factually false, for many different reasons. There are countless debunking articles out there, for anyone not able to read the study and examine the data.

I am just completely disillusioned by the authors lack of scientific literacy after hearing this. Not taking the time to read what the study actually claims and understand how it came to this number. I just can't take a person seriously, that claims to be a teacher of good scientific method, after hearing this.

As this John Cook study, and this claim that has been popular in the media, should be a chapter in this lecture about misrepresented data rather than hailed as a fact.

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One of the best!!

I would rate 4.5 for contents and 5 for presentation but since there's no 4.75 rating, I'd give it a 5!!

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Comprehensive overview of research!

Great lectures! Doesn’t spend too much time on anyone topic but gives a great sampling of the prerequisite knowledge base to start a research project.

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A Useful Primer

I have just begun to investigate research roles and opportunities as part of a new role on the board of a research Foundation. This audiobook was a great primer and provided an overview of research processes and methodology.

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Excellent!

A clear, concise and accurate overview of research methodology. The performance is entertaining and sometimes fun. I warmly recommend it.

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Interesting topic but does not cover all projects

I choose to listen to this book because I'm doing research on my final year project as an Electrical Engineering student. My project is more towards is more towards simulation based. Some parts of this course are not so relevant for me
I like the first half and the last part where it covers about how to choose a topic, how to form a research question, what makes a quality work, literature review, general methodology, qualitative research and how to present your results
It really helped me and inspired me to work more on my project
However, for me personally, the quantitative and statistical analysis bored me a little but I still learn a lot from it as well
Overall, she is a great lecturer, the example she gave on quantitative research make it easier to understand.

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  • 11-05-20

Excellent introduction to research methods

I found this an excellent introduction to research methods and wish I had taken time to listen to this before starting my dissertation.

The course is structured to give you a really good grounding in the importance of following a standardized approach to research and explaining in simple terms the different methods that can be applied depending on the nature of the research. It also provides a really interesting background to the development of current research methods with lots of simple examples from real life to help you understand why research is undertaken in a particular way.

It is not aimed at making you an expert in a particular method but it does provide an excellent starting point from which to build upon. It is also generalized and can be related to all types of research projects, not just academic studies.

Initially I was a little reluctant to commit to the book as some reviews claim the narration is too fast and 'shrill' however I did not find this at all so don't let them put you off the book if you are starting out on a research project.

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  • PJ
  • 06-02-20

Useful content, annoying narration

Good as in introduction to research methods. The narrator’s shrill intonation is grating, however. I would suggest listening to the sample before purchasing.

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  • Diogenes
  • 07-29-19

Good introductory overview

The course definitely achieved the stated objective of providing an introductory overview

Would love follow up courses that go into more detail

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  • MNick
  • 08-28-19

Such a great book narrated so badly.

This book is absolutely amazing in terms of content but I barely can keep up with the narrator. You can hear the narrator running out of breath which makes the experience very uncomfortable, almost traumatic. If I put the audio on 0.75x, sounds like a retard trying to explain to me something intelligent. No matter what, makes me loose focus and loose breath in the same time with the author, thing which did not happen with plenty other books I have listen to. Shame as the content it is very interesting. My dear author / narrator, leave someone with more experience to narrate your book. Someone that is calm but concise. Re-record it and update your customers with a better version. We deserve that.

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  • Anna Nym
  • 06-18-22

very informative

The course is very well presented and gives insights into statistics, research planning and differences between qualitative and quantitative research. It is, however, very focused on the social sciences.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-20

Helpful

In the beginning too enthusiastic, but later got used to it. Helpful, but for my studies I was missing the graphs.

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  • Patrick Conway
  • 11-02-20

Amanda kept me hooked!

Very useful info on how to conduct research. Told in a nice way too. Thanks!

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  • Ms. R. M. Bash-Taqi
  • 06-13-20

Energetic narration & pragmatic examples


I listen to this book on audible and found it very easy to understand. I used information from it to design a quick research methods quiz for the Institute for Development YouTube channel – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9LmUotEMqU. People are finding the quiz quite useful.

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  • Kezba
  • 03-21-21

where is the PDF????. I brought the book can't use

where is the PDF????. I brought the book can't use it why is this like kindle ur company is starting to suck bad I rang up 4help, with no access to anything that download can't believe it I need it 4my University class materials and it's not working please send me my materials I pay the subscription & it's being such a headache

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  • Richard Johnston-Bell
  • 09-03-20

excellent

I am currently studying research methods at university and found this book to be an excellent complementary source.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-19

This book is great

I like this book because it actually helped me research and it helped my work