The Craft of Research Paperback – Apr 15 2008
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The table of contents, outlined below, shows that the authors cover more than putting fingers to keyboard. Introductory chapters discuss the perspective and information needs of readers and how to connect with them. The authors address development of one's own authentic authorial "voice"--a topic often neglected in books about research writing. The next four chapters teach us how to conceptualize a research question, then find relevant and credible sources of information to answer it. The third edition contains a needed revision of the authors' earlier avoidant stance on the credibility of web-based information, containing good guidance for weeding flakey from factual online sources.
Chapter 7, "Making Good Arguments: An Overview," is the keystone chapter and a relatively quick read at eleven pages. It's where to focus when deciding whether to read the rest of the book. The authors define their working vocabulary of arguments, reasons, evidence, claims and warrants. In this and the following four chapters they show us how to use these concepts to present our points and how to acknowledge and respond to positions with which we disagree. They demonstrate how to do this with integrity as well as skill.Read more ›
The explanations are clear and easy to understand.
The examples are pertinent and usuful.
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Woaa, I forgot I had this book. Should probably give it a look.Published 4 months ago by Mario Solis
This was a required text for a Masters of Education program at SFU. It was helpful in crafting a research project, developing the research question and how to structure a project. Read morePublished on June 13 2014 by Suzanne
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