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Principles of Social Research Methodology

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  • Emphasizes the essentials and fundamentals of research methodologies
  • Covers the entire research process, beginning with the conception of the research problem
  • Combines theory and practical application to familiarize the reader with the logic of research design

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This book is a definitive, comprehensive understanding to social science research methodology. It covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The book covers the entire research process, beginning with the conception of the research problem to publication of findings. The text combines theory and practical application to familiarize the reader with the logic of research design, the logic and techniques of data analysis, and the fundamentals and implications of various data collection techniques. Organized in seven sections and easy to read chapters, the text emphasizes the importance of clearly defined research questions and well-constructed practical explanations and illustrations. A key contribution to the methodology literature, the book is an authoritative resource for policymakers, practitioners, graduate and advanced research students, and educators in all social science disciplines.

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Table of contents (35 chapters)

  1. Introduction to Social Research

  2. Philosophy of Social Science and Research Paradigms

  3. Quantitative Research Approach

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Family and Child Studies, Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

    M. Rezaul Islam

  • Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Niaz Ahmed Khan

  • Department of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Rajendra Baikady

About the editors

M Rezaul Islam (Ph. D.) is Post Doc Fellow at the Center for Family and Child Studies, Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Professor at the Institute of Social Welfare & Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Senior Research Fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Academic Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti SainsMalaysia, Malaysia. His research interests focus on social work, community wellbeing, climate justice, international migration and poverty and social inequality.. He is currently Member of International Advisory Board of the Community Development Journal (Oxford University Press) and Editorial Board Member of three journals, i.e. Asian Social Work and Policy Review (Wiley), Local Development & Society (Taylor & Francis) and International Community Well-being (Springer). 

Niaz Ahmed Khan (PhD) is currently Pro Vice Chancellor at the Independant University Bangladesh (IUB). He is Professor and former Chairman at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka; Senior Academic Adviser-BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD, BRAC University); and Chairman, Bangladesh Tropical Forest  Conservation (Arannayak) Foundation. He pursued doctoral and post-doctoral education and research in the University of Wales Swansea, University of Oxford, and Asian Institute of Technology. His career reflects a rich blend of academic and practising development management experiences gained in Bangladesh, Thailand and the UK. Besides serving as Bangladesh Country Representative of IUCN–the International Union for Conservation of Nature (the world’s largest environmental network [intergovernmental] organization, some of his other former positions include: Senior Programme Coordinator, UNDP-Bangladesh; Forest and Natural Resource Management Specialist (RETA 5900), Asian Development Bank (ADB), South Asian Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford; Distinguished Visiting Researcher, The American University in Cairo; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Asian University for Women (AUW). He has published extensively, and his articles/chapters have appeared in journals and books with such reputed publishers as Springer, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Sage, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Palgrave Macmillan, and Elsevier. He is also involved in extensive journal management and editorial services; examples include Member, International Advisory Board Community Development Journal (Oxford: Oxford University Press); and Member, Editorial Advisory Board Area Development and Policy (Routledge: Taylor & Francis).

Rajendra Baikady (Ph.D.) holds a dual appointment as a URC Special Post-Doctoral Fellow and as a Senior Research Associate inat the Department of Social Work and Community Development, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to this, Baikady is a Principal Investigator (Summer research Fellowship) at International Socioeconomics Laboratory, Harvard University, United States. He completed his first Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2019–-2020) and was awarded Golda Meir Fellowship by Lady Davis Trust at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has wide research experience in evaluating best practices of social work education and practice at both local and global contexts. His recent books include The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Work Education (Palgrave Macmillan), Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in South Asia (Routledge), Building Sustainable Communities- Civil Society Response in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan) and Social Welfare in India and China: A Comparison (Palgrave Macmillan). 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Principles of Social Research Methodology

  • Editors: M. Rezaul Islam, Niaz Ahmed Khan, Rajendra Baikady

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-5219-7Published: 27 October 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-5524-2Published: 28 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-5441-2Published: 26 October 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 508

  • Number of Illustrations: 24 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social Work, Education, general

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