New eBook Release: An Introduction to Research Methods for Undergraduate Health Profession Students

JCU Library staff are pleased to announce a new eBook has recently been released by Dr Faith Alele and Professor Bunmi Malau-Aduli - JCU academics and authors.

Congratulations to the authors upon this significant publication after being successfully awarded a grant from the JCU Centre for Education and Enhancement.  

This introduction to research methods aims to provide undergraduate health professions students with appropriate guidance, knowledge and skills that are essential for research. This eBook is packed full of practical tips and examples to equip students with the knowledge to engage with research, making it invaluable for students embarking on health research for the first time. 

The book covers the entire research process, starting with developing a research question, qualitative and quantitative research approaches, ethical considerations, data collection and analysis and the dissemination of the results of the study. 

Other contents covered in this eBook include conducting a literature review, designing a questionnaire, designing an interview guide and writing a research proposal. This eBook will simplify and breakdown complex research concepts for the students. 

The free availability of this eBook will make it a lifelong companion for students that can be referred to even after completing their degree. The eBook also has H5P activities such as interactive videos, presentations and quizzes that will enable students to connect theory with practice. 

Ultimately, this eBook will contribute to the development of tomorrow’s clinical researchers and future leaders in the advancement of health professions research.

An Introduction to Research Methods for Undergraduate Health Profession Students is freely available to read via JCU Open eBooks.

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