Managing Information for Research

E. Mitchell (Institute of Education, University of London, London)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 July 2002




Mitchell, E. (2002), "Managing Information for Research", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 210-210.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

This is a book that should be on the reading list of any student commencing research. The range of students that this book is relevant to ranges from undergraduates to doctoral, both taught and PhD. In particular, I would consider this book a must buy for post‐graduate students. I regularly encounter graduates with little knowledge of the research process who state: “I was only told to concentrate on those methods and things relevant to my research”; or another common winner is “I was never told how to construct a research proposal, I was helped a lot by my tutor with the organization of my theses”. I am sure that I am not alone in finding post‐graduates woefully unprepared.

This book is simply the answer for these situations. It consists of ten chapters that take the reader through the research process from the perspective of managing information. The first chapter clarifies very acutely just what it is that we are doing in the research process. The following chapters outline the process, and why it is essential that we manage data. All the chapters are written in a refreshing style that speaks directly to the reader and permeates the whole of this book. The methods in which layout, graphics and use of case studies are used to assist the reader give this book a dimension that similar books lack.

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