This book will provide you with the basic practices and techniques required to carry out and monitor a small-scale research investigation. This new edition has the following new learning features: The writing and presentation styles have been dramatically altered in the new edition. Each chapter now leads off with an orientation outline and relevant quote. Furthermore, as a trigger device, important words and concepts are bolded and italicised. Six new 'feature boxes' have also been added: Case Study illustrates a point by citing research or a real world example; Something to Remember underscores an important point; Idea provides straightforward, practical, 'how to' advice; Your Research presents an opportunity for applying chapter materials to planning your own research project; Review and Discussion Questions assists in determining mastery of chapter content; and, Exercises contain activities that complement and expand upon chapter material.