Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World

Thao Lê (Editor)
University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

Quynh Lê (Editor)
Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Series: Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: SCI093000

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The book “Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World” edited by Drs. Thao Lê and Quynh Lê, is unique in the sense that it presents a broad and dynamic research narrative, which is filled with phenomena, issues and challenges facing researchers in various disciplines, cultural contexts, linguistic and ethical discourses. The content of the book is addressing three overarching research issues:

What are the diverse challenges, opportunities, and limitations different cohorts of individuals face?
Why and how do these cohorts respond to these challenges, opportunities, and limitations?
How, where, when, and why do researchers interact with these challenges and what have they learned from their investigations?

One of the strengths of this edited book is, each of the contributors has explored these three issues from a somewhat unique perspective, but collectively they provide a rich discourse and milieu around the purpose of research and how and why it is conducted and interpreted within a contemporary multimodal context. Across all the chapters the contributions have focused on the process of researching and as a consequence there are two recurring discourses identified. The first discourse relates to conducting the research and involves topics, such as methodology, ethics, research populations, assessment, data, and linguistic complexity. The second discourse is around the researchers, because they are the “lens” through which their research is conceived, guided, articulated, and interpreted.

For too long now, too many books about research, particularly social science related research, have been locked into a narrow discourse around the benefits of either qualitative or quantitative research methods. While this topic is explored in this text, it is not dominated by this one, rather artificial dichotomy. What is exciting about “Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World” is its diversity and the range of dichotomies that are explored and the range of contexts and issues that are reviewed. There is a strong narrative quality throughout the chapters where the voice of the researchers and their purpose is amplified. The book is of special interest to research-orientated students as well as to those who want to learn more about conducting research in a challenging discourse of diverse paradigms. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Theme 1- Conducting Research in Challenging Disclosure

Chapter 1: Researching Across Boundaries in the Social Sciences
(Ian Hay, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)

Chapter 2: Hegemony, Empowerment and Challenges in a Global Research Discourse
(Thao Lê, Quynh Lê, Hoang Boi Nguyen, University of Tasmania, Launceston, T.A.S., Australia)

Chapter 3: Challenges of Conducting Social Science Research in the People’s Republic of China
(Suxian Zhan, Robin Wills, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China, Dagu South Rd., Tianjin, P.R. China, and others)

Chapter 4: The Challenges of Conducting Literature Reviews in Research
(Melissa M. Terry, Daniel R. Terry, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston, T.A.S, Australia, and others)

Chapter 5: Academia’s New Identity: Political and Corporate Agendae and the Reduction of Scholar to Puppet
(Susan A. Korol, Robert M. Korol, Cape Breton University
PO Box, Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, and others)

Chapter 6: Conducting Research in Social Media Discourse: Ethical Challenges
(Sun Hee Jang, Rosemary Callingham, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia)

Theme 2- Research: Paradigms, Approach and Tools

Chapter 7: Mixed Methods: In Search of a Paradigm
(Ralph Hall, School of Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney N.S.W., Australia)

Chapter 8: Qualitative Research from Concepts to Analysis
(Daniel R. Terry, Quynh Lê, Melissa M. Terry and Mark W. Kirschbaum, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia)

Chapter 9: Ethnography: A Powerful Methodological Tool for Educational Research
(Si Fan, Yun Yue, Wei Fan, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, T.A.S., Australia, and others)

Chapter 10: The Power of One: Using Single-Case Experimental Designs to Inform Evidence-Based Practice
(Christopher Rayner, Faculty of Education, Private University of Tasmania, Hobart, T.A.S., Australia)

Chapter 11: Narratology and Intentionality: Analysing Narrative Research Data
(Matthew DeCoursey, Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Hong Kong Institute of Education, Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, China)

Theme 3- Methodological Challenges in Research

Chapter 12: How are the Concepts 'Reliability' and 'Validity' Dealt with in Qualitative Research?
(Maliheh Babaee, Quynh Lê, Thao Lê, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, T.A.S., Australia, and others)

Chapter 13: Social Aspects of Embodiment: Methodological Challenges and Limitations
(Dominika Byczkowska, Sociology of Organization and Management Department, Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland)

Chapter 14: Challenges of Using Grounded Theory in Qualitative Research
(Jinjin Lu, Thao Lê, Maliheh Babaee, Faculty of Education
University of Tasmania, Launceston, T.A.S., Australia)

Chapter 15: Conversation as an Interview Method in Research
(Mai Xuân Hoang, Thao Lê, Vinh T. To, Monash University, Australia, and others)

Chapter 16: Internet-Mediated Ethnography: Issues and Challenges in Social Science Research Discourse
(Sun Hee Jang, Daniel R. Terry, Thao Lê, Faculty of Education
University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Theme 4- Language and Technologies in Conducting Research

Chapter 17: Voice and Audience in Writing: A Multidimensional Account
(Xinghua Liu, Thao Lê, School of Foreign Languages
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, and others)

Chapter 18: Language Varieties: Challenges in Educational and Clinical Settings
(Martin R. Gitterman, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, NY)

Chapter 19: Researching Mechanisms of Change: Literacies for the Posthuman
(Yoshi Budd, Faculty of Education, Private University of Tasmania, Hobart, T.A.S, Australia)

Chapter 20: A Participant Recruitment Video: An Innovative Multimedia Tool to Involve Teen YouTube Users in Online Ethnographic Research
(Sun Hee Jang, Thao Lê, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Chapter 21: Developing a New Literacy: Using Social Media to Support Research
(Debbie Fabian, Si Fan and Jan Radford, University of Tasmania, Launceston General Hospital, Charles St, Launceston, T.A.S., Australia, and others)

Chapter 22: Challenges in Conducting Research in a Digital Discourse
(Daniel Rolf, Jinjin Lu, Thao Lê, School of Computing, University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Theme 5- Ethical Challenges in Research

Chapter 23: Ethical Confrontation in Cross-cultural Research
(Hiroshi Hasegawa, Thao Lê, School of Education, Curtin
University, Perth, WA, Australia, and others)

Chapter 24: Navigating the UK NHS Ethics and Governance Approval Process: The Case of Junior Researchers
(Kimberly Jamie, Science and Technology Studies Unit, University of York, Heslington, York, UK)

Chapter 25: Ethical Issues in Intercultural Health Research
(Quynh Lê, Hoang Boi Nguyen, Thao Lê, Kathryn Ogden, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Theme 6- Lived Experiences of Researchers

Chapter 26: The Challenges of International Research Students Studying in an Australian University Context
(Joanne Sin Wei Yeoh, Thao Lê, Thao Doan, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Chapter 27: Conquering Everest - Researching into Thin Air: A Research Journey Reflection
(Daniel R. Terry, University Department of Rural Health,
University of Tasmania, Australia)

Chapter 28: A ‘Beehive’ Approach to the Research Supervision Journey
Margaret Robertson, Tin Tan Dang, Abdulrahman Al Zahrani, Made Hery Santosa, Majed Alsharidah, Mahdi Mohammed R. Al Amri, Fouad Ahmed Ali Al Brahim and Hanaa Abdel Yamani, Faculty of Education, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia)

Chapter 29: Emotional Intelligence in Conducting Research
(Hoang Boi Nguyen, Quynh Lê, Thao Lê, Faculty of Education
University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

Chapter 30: Plagiarism and Creativity in Research: Are they Mutually Exclusive?
(Thao Lê, Yanjun Isabel Wang, Thao Doan, Joanne Sin Wei Yeoh, Songtao Zhao, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia, and others)

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