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Book summary: Research Design in Urban Planning: A Students Guide

DATED-01/09/2018

The book is divided into 10 chapters focusing on the methodology of conducting a research in urban
planning including social as well as physical analysis, following are the parts the book is divided into:

CHAPTER 1 THE DESIGN OF PLANNING RESEARCH

CHAPTER 2 POSTPOSITIVISM AND PLANNING RESEARCH

CHAPTER 3 POLICY ISSUES AND RESEARCH QUESTIONS

CHAPTER 4 A JUSTIFICATION FOR YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION

CHAPTER 5 SCOPE CLAIMS AND SAMPLING

CHAPTER 6 STARTING POINTS CLAIMS AND SAMPLING

CHAPTER 7 METHODS OF DATA GENERATION IN RESEARCH

CHAPTER 8 DATA ANALYSIS

CHAPTER 9 ETHICS OF RESEARCH

CHAPTER 10 CROSSNATIONAL COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN URBAN PLANNING

CHAPTER 11 CONCLUSION

Research Design in Urban Planning: A Student’s Guide serves as a great starting point for young
researchers—primarily graduate students—on how to undertake a proper research process. The key
strengths of the book are its organizational structure and how it enables students to apply and execute
their own research through the process presented and the exercises provided. Each chapter follows the
same framework:

 Key questions for readers to answer as they read,


 An outline of the fundamental concepts (e.g., methodology, theoretical generalization,
hypotheses, internal validity, etc.) covered,
 A conclusion with summaries of key points and references for further reading, and, most
effectively,
 Exercises that allow readers to integrate their own particular research into assignments, affording
the exploration of ideas.

Each fundamental concept is supported by a clear and concise definition and deeply grounded in the
literature. The book provides a wealth of case studies of how the concepts have been applied and in-
depth explanations of existing literature. For example, it demonstrates different methodological
approaches to answer similar research questions. Inversely, it also provides examples of differing research
questions and explains the relevance of the methods utilized to answer them.
Assignment Report

MALAVIYA NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY


RAJASTHAN, JAIPUR

Topic: Book summary -Research Design in Urban Planning: A Students Guide

Name of the student : Lokesh Pratap singh


Registration number : 2018PAR5522

Submitted to : Dr. Nand Kumar


Date of submission : 05-08-2018