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|1987 QIER EXECUTIVE|
|PATRON:||Mr W. Wood|
|PRESIDENT:||Mr R. Warry|
|VICE-PRESIDENT:||Ms J. Borthwick|
Mrs D. Muir
|SECRETARY:||Mr N. Cranston|
|TREASURER:||Dr L. Smith|
|ACER REPRESENTATIVE:||Mr R. Warry|
|EXECUTIVE:||Ms J. Hewton|
Mr P. Robinson
Mr P. Varley
|IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:||Dr J. Cotterell|
|Doing Your Own Search: Basic Descriptive Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities|
AUTHOR: Eileen Kane
DETAILS: Marion Boyars Publishers: London, 1985. 220pp.
This volume makes a valuable contribution to the variety of materials already available for individuals and/or institutions engaged in research in the social sciences and humanities. In particular, it is intended for use by those with limited previous research experience.
The value of its contribution lies in the fact that the writing is clear, the contents logically and thoughtfully presented and the degree of esoteric jargon kept to a minimum. It is pleasing to see that the author encourages the reader to explore the potential that qualitative descriptive research can make to the investigation and study of educational issues. As Kane comments in the Preface, 'while computer technology has revolutionised the analysis of social research, the collection of meaningful, accurate data is still the foundation of good research'.
Topics explored in the book include:
Despite the generally positive comments one can make about 'Doing Your Own Research', a note of caution must be registered against the expectation or belief that novices can be 'made' into expert researchers by simply picking up and studying volumes such as this one. Experience tends to suggest that input, over and above that in written form from an outsider (for example, an expert 'critical friend'), is likely to contribute substantially to the quality of the research.
With the caution above in mind, 'Doing Your Own Research' can be recommended for those entering the field of social science research with limited experience as well as for those seeking a refresher course in the area. The volume provides a clear and logical presentation of many of the ideas, principles and strategies employed in social science research.
Research Services Branch
Department of Education
|Please cite as: QIER (1986). Publication reviews and Notices 2(3). Queensland Researcher, 2(3), 59-62. http://www.iier.org.au/qjer/qr2/bookrevs-notices-2-3.html|