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Doing Development Research

Doing Development Research - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412902854

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ISBN13: 978-1412902854
ISBN10: 1412902851
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Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2006
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Doing Development Research - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412902854

Vandana Desai and Rob Potter

ISBN13: 978-1412902854
ISBN10: 1412902851
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Doing Development Research is a comprehensive introduction to research in development studies, that provides thorough training for anyone carrying out research in developing countries. It brings together experts with extensive experience of overseas research, presenting an interdisciplinary guide to the core methodologies.

Informed by years of research experience, Doing Development Research draws together many strands of action research and participatory methods, demonstrating their diverse applications and showing how they interrelate.

Key Features:

  • An account of the theoretical approaches that underlie development work
  • An explanation of the practical issues involved in planning development research
  • A systematic overview of information and data collecting methods in three sub-sections: methods of social research and associated forms of analysis; using existing knowledge and records; and disseminating findings/research

Using clear and uncomplicated language illustrated with appropriate learning features throughout - the text guides the researcher through the choice of appropriate methods, the implementation of the research, and the communication of the findings to a range of audiences. This is the essential A-Z of development research.

Table of Contents

1. The raison d'etre of doing development research
2. Doing fieldwork in developing countries : planning and logistics
3. Ethical practices in doing development research
4. Working in different cultures : issues of race, ethnicity and identity
5. Women, men and fieldwork : gender relations and power structures
6. Working with children in development
7. Collecting sensitive and contentious information
8. Dealing with conflicts and emergency situations
9. Working with partners : educational institutions
10. Working with partners : government ministries
11. Working with partners : NGOs and CBOs
12. Doing development research 'at home'
13. Quantitative, qualitative or participatory? : which method, for what and when?
14. Field surveys and inventories
15. Interviewing
16. Focus groups
17. Your questions answered? : conducting questionnaire surveys
18. Lost in translation? : the use of interpreters in fieldwork
19. Ethnography and participant observation
20. Participatory methods and approaches : tackling the two tyrannies
21. Diaries and case studies
22. Literature reviews and bibliographic searches
23. Using indigenous local knowledge and literature
24. Using images, films and photography
25. Using archives
26. Remote sensing, GIS and ground truthing
27. The importance of census and other secondary data in development studies
28. Using the World Wide Web for development research
29. Data from international agencies
30. Writing an effective research report or dissertation
31. How is research communicated professionally?