Choosing a Research Method

  • Philip Burnard
  • Paul Morrison


These are:
  • To identify issues that help you to make decisions about methods;

  • To identify how to find out about the range of methods available in order to make an informed decision;

  • To clarify which method of data collection you aim to use in your project;

  • To clarify how your data is going to be analysed after collection.


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Further Readings

  1. Dixon, B.R., Bouma, G.D. and Atkinson, G.B.J. (1987) A Handbook of Social Science Research: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide for Students, Oxford University Press, Oxford, ch. 6.Google Scholar
  2. Long, A.F. (1984) Research into Health and Illness: Issues in Design, Analysis and Practice, Gower, Aldershot.Google Scholar
  3. Omery, A. (1983) ‘Phenomenology: a method for nursing research’, Advances in Nursing Science, 5 (2) 49–63.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Reason, P. and Rowan, J. (1981) Human Inquiry: A Sourcebook of New Paradigm Research, Wiley, Chichester, Introduction.Google Scholar
  5. de Vaus, D.A. (1991) Surveys in Social Research, 3rd edn, Unwin Hyman, London.Google Scholar
  6. Polit, D.F. and Hungler, B.P. (1989) Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal and Utilization, 2nd edn, Lippincott, Philadelphia.Google Scholar
  7. Schatzman, L. and Strauss, A.L. (1973) Field Research: Strategies for a Natural Sociology, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.Google Scholar
  8. Lopez, M.J. and Radford, M.H. (1985) ‘District nurse training: a pilot survey of demand, provision and students’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 10 (4) 361–7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Prescott, P.A. and Soeken, K.L. (1989) ‘The potential uses of pilot work’, Nursing Research, 38 (1) 60–2.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Philip Burnard and Paul Morrison 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Burnard
    • 1
  • Paul Morrison
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wales College of MedicineCardiffUK

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