Research Methods for Construction, 3rd Edition
August 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Preface to Second Edition.
Part 1 Producing a Proposal .
1 Introduction .
The concept of research.
Classifications of research.
Theories and paradigms.
Quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Where to begin.
2 Topic for Study .
Selection of a topic.
Writing the proposal.
Part 2 Executing the Research .
3 Initial Research.
The research process.
Assembling the theoretical framework.
Philosophy and methodology.
Theoretical models and constructs.
4 Approaches to Empirical Work .
Role of experience.
Experimental design (including experiments and quasi-experiments).
Case study research.
5 Hypotheses .
Essentials of a valid hypothesis.
Roles of hypotheses.
Objective testing of hypotheses.
Role of sampling.
Common statistical measures.
6 Data Collection .
Collecting data from respondents.
Scales of measurement.
7 Data Analysis .
Other analytical techniques.
8 Ethics in Research .
The concepts of morals and ethics.
Data analysis, intellectual property and data protection.
Part 3 Reporting the Results .
9 Results, Inferences and Conclusions.
Requirements for valid results.
Potential sources of error.
10 Reports and Presentations .
Contents of the report.