Fundamentals of Research Methodology: A Holistic Guide for Research Completion, Management, Validation and Ethics


Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: REF020000

Fundamentals of Research Methodology: A Holistic Guide for Research Completion, Management, Validation and Ethics is a rich conceptual, comprehensive and practical text for researchers. A book for beginners and experts, it focuses on research across medical, social, natural and applied sciences. This text aims to fully expose research methodology from a broader prospective, to accompany its readers in research, management and continuity. This book consists of ideas, examples and summary questions as a guide in the following fields:

• Background knowledge of research, the various types and its importance
• Steps in empirical research and processes
• Research designs and methods of data collection
• A guide on data and statistical analysis
• Research writing of proposals, thesis and reports
• Research planning for beginners
• Management of time, human and material resources in research
• Sources of errors and validity in research
• Ethical issues related to both human and animal research
• Processes of grant application and research funding

Written with simple vocabulary and language for day to day use, this book has useful pedagogic material for teaching, primarily at the tertiary level of education. This compilation also acts as a source document for research institutions and other related bodies involved in research. This makes it a forerunner in textbooks for research and academic societies alike.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Section A: Research Background, Process and Design

Chapter 1 – The Nature of Research, Types and Studies (pp. 3-26)

Chapter 2 – Scientific Method and Research Process (pp. 27-46)

Chapter 3 – Research Design and Sampling Technique (pp. 47-72)

Section B: Data Collection and Analysis

Chapter 4 – Data Measurement, Sources and Collection (pp. 75-88)

Chapter 5 – Data Processing, Presentation and Statistical Analysis (pp. 89-106)

Section C: Research Writing and Management

Chapter 6 – Research Writing: Proposal, Thesis/ Report and Journal Paper (pp. 109-134)

Chapter 7 – Research Planning, Funding and Management (pp. 135-154)

Section D: Research Validation and Ethics

Chapter 8 – Sources of Error and Validity in Research (pp. 157-172)

Chapter 9 – Morality in Research: Good Practices, Ethics and Malpractices (pp. 173-192)

Appendix and Bibliograpy





“I therefore, recommend this piece of work to those actively and passively involved in research and most especially, to students at tertiary education to serve as a baseline guiding material for their academic and research carrier. It is my hope that the rich treasures contained in this collection be exposed to the academic society to bridge the research gaps between Africa and the Western society.” – Reviewed by Professor Chidi Uhaegbu, Dean, Natural and Applied Sciences, Godfrey Okoye University

This book is a resource document for beginners and experts in research across the health, social, natural and applied sciences. It is also a useful pedagogic material for teaching, preferably at tertiary level of education (Universities, Colleges, Professional institutes) and a source document for research institutions or other related bodies involve in research such as international organizations.

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