Research Methods in the Social Sciences, 1st Edition
Author: Dr Gordon Rugg
Reviewer: Dr David Shaw
Group: Research Skills 3
Published: Coming Spring 2009
Cat. number: RS 013
Length: 90 minutes
- Framing a research question
- Research design
- Data collection
- What next?
Author - Dr Gordon Rugg, Keele University
Dr Gordon Rugg is the author of several books on Research Methods including A gentle guide to Research Methods (co-written with Professor Marion Petre, Open University Press / McGraw-Hill, 2006). Dr Rugg is unusual in having spanned a number of academic disciplines. His first degree was in French and Linguistics, from Reading University; his PhD was in Experimental Psychology, from Reading University. He then worked in a variety of fields, including English lecturing, field archaeology, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, and human factors. Dr Rugg is currently a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Keele University, and a visiting Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science at the Open University.
Expert Reviewer - Professor David Shaw, Liverpool University
David Shaw is currently Head of the Department of Civic Design at Liverpool University. David's career spans the field of education and professional practice. He has a wide appreciation of planning perspectives having taught in Plymouth and Malawi, and before joining Liverpool in 1994 spent seven years in the School of Planning at the University of Central England. He has a long-standing research interest in environmental planning and management, including social change. He has worked on many research projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team, which have a strong policy formulation perspective. Clients include: EU, ODPM, Countryside Agency, English Nature, Planning Officers Society. He takes a keen interest in rural affairs in the north-west of England and has been actively involved in the North West Rural Affairs Forum since its inception, is currently Chair of the Integrated Countryside and Environment Programme and is a Trustee of Wirral Groundwork Trust.