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Effective Research Methods for Any Project

Narrated by: Amanda M. Rosen
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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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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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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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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  • PJ
  • 02-06-20

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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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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  • Arelis Rodriguez
  • 08-02-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-19

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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  • Keith Truong
  • 02-03-20

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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  • BBYH
  • 24-02-20

Good Overall

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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  • David
  • 28-12-19

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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  • Joseph
  • 06-07-19

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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  • Mike
  • 30-10-19

Leftist with double blind standard, propganda

If double standard could be scienticized it would become a double blind standard. A person referring to 97% "scientific" concensus as a good thing can't possibly know what she is talking about. Author presents comrade John Oliviera and shilly Billy Nyence Guy as worthy mentioning in a piece having to do with bias and ethics in science is certainly only looking to promote her communist views not to teach you anything about science. Pure propaganda piece, the authors like that are the reason science is dying and over 60% of "scientific" "experiment's" results cannot be reproduced. Gloryfying climate change "concensus" and not mentioning numerous cases of fraud in that research field is appaling. Likewise open dislike of individualism and religion bc it conflicts with authors views should have no place in any scientific work. You can either be an activist or a scientist not both crazy lady.

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