This book offers an excellent description of quantitative and
qualitative design and analysis taught in the context of three
inquiry pathways: knowledge development, social inquiry, and social
research. Furthermore, it provides an excellent overview of both
quantitative and qualitative methods with regard to their different
epistemologies, methods and techniques. Additionally, Punch
provides (a) information guiding students in the use of computers
for quantitative and qualitative analysis and (b) a wide range of
illustrative examples to give the book a practical flavour.... I
would not hesitate to recommend it to my undergraduate students' -
"Forum: Qualitative Social Research (www.qualitative-research.net)
A carefully crafted introduction to social research methodology.
The author guides the reader through the research process in a
comprehensive and logical way which is particularly helpful for the
new researcher. A great resource for anyone involved in social
research - novice or experienced' - "Dr Mary Kellett, Open
Building on the success of An Introduction to Social Research,
this Second Edition has been fully revised and updated to provide a
broader coverage of a range of methodological approaches for
upper-level undergraduate and graduate students across the social
New features include:
- Wider coverage of qualitative research methods, including
sections on action research and discourse analysis.
- More pedagogical features such as student exercises and
illustrative examples to ensure this is a practical,
- More in-depth examination of the ethical issues involved in
A comprehensive and accessible introduction to qualitative,
quantitative and mixed empirical methods, An Introduction to Social
Research is an ideal starting point for all students and
researchers in the social sciences.
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