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This book demystifies designing and conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research with scientific rigor. Social Research Methods, benefits researchers from theology and religious studies in designing interdisciplinary research and interacting with social sciences and other disciplines to study contextually relevant issues by focusing on lived religion, lived theology, lived experience, and real-world problems.
Joshua Iyadurai skillfully guides researchers with a step-by-step guide on the practical nuances of choosing a topic, engaging literature, selecting a paradigm, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting the findings, and writing a research proposal and a dissertation/thesis/article for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. A separate chapter on supervising and examining social research helps students and professors to understand each other’s role in field-based studies.
Social Research Methods is an indispensable resource for researchers from theology and religious studies and a valuable practical guide for researchers from social sciences and humanities.
Reasons to read this book:
● Instills confidence in researchers to design and conduct qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.
● The first of its kind to introduce qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods strategies for theology and religious studies.
● Up to date and authoritative, as the author assembles current and leading literature across disciplines on research methods.
● Examples that provide researchers with clarity in applying the steps in researching lived religion, lived theology, and lived experiences.
● Review questions at the end of each chapter help readers recall the contents to store it in long term memory.
● Key texts are listed as ‘further help’ in each chapter leading to further learning.
● A step-by-step guide is provided to assist in writing every section of a research proposal for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research.
● Offers know-how of research writing and writing each chapter for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods dissertation/thesis.
● Tips for writing a professional doctorate dissertation and journal article are among other helpful resources for researchers.
● Includes guidelines for supervisors and examiners which will come handy to assist and assess student projects.
● Glossary serves as a quick reference guide.
● Students and professors from across disciplines including, social sciences, education, development studies, management, and the humanities besides theology and religious studies, will find this book an invaluable resource.
● Researchers from churches, religious bodies, NGOs, and others can use this book as a practical guide for their research projects.
● Written in a conversational style that engages readers effectively by a scholar who has been teaching research methods for more than a decade.
Overview about Indian edition
ISBN: 978 93 5267 486 2
Published: January 2017
Publisher: Marina Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion
Author: Joshua Iyadurai
What makes a priest of one religion become a preacher of another religion? How could a person embrace a religion suddenly that he or she had up to then opposed? Why would young women risk their reputation and endanger their lives for the sake of newfound faith? How could an alcoholic detest a sip of wine all of a sudden? What drives an atheist to become an ardent worshiper of God? How could an intelligent person relate to God as to an adult human being?