Research Methods

The goal of the research process is to produce new knowledge or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. This process takes three main forms (although, as previously discussed, the boundaries between them may be obscure):

* Exploratory research, which helps to identify and define a problem or question.
* Constructive research, which tests theories and proposes solutions to a problem or question.
* Empirical research, which tests the feasibility of a solution using empirical evidence.

There are two major types of empirical research design: qualitative research and quantitative research. Researcher
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Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches
The Craft of Research
Constructing Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis
The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers
Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes
Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods)
Social Research Methods
Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook
Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods
Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies
Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research
Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing
Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research
Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences

Nothing is right and wrong in research, research is an addiction with an endless search for its drug
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Carl Sagan
If we teach only the findings and products of science – no matter how useful and even inspiring they may be – without communicating its critical method, how can the average person possibly distinguish science from pseudoscience?
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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