9780761971320

The A-Z of Social Research; A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts

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  • Copyright: 2003-04-22
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

'A detailed and valuable addition to the literature that will be a very useful resource for lecturers, as well as having a wide appeal among students' - Tim May, University of Salford Have you ever wondered what a concise, comprehensive book providing critical guidance to the whole expanse of social science research methods and issues might look like? The A-Z is a collection of 94 entries ranging from qualitative research techniques to statistical testing and the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. Alphabetically arranged in accessible, reader-friendly formats, the shortest entries are 800 words long and the longest are 3000. Most entries are approximately 1500 words in length and are supported by suggestions for further reading. The book: - Answers the demand for a practical, fast and concise introduction to the key concepts and methods in social research - Supplies students with impeccable information that can be used in essays, exams and research projects - Demystifies a field that students often find daunting This is a refreshing book on social research methods, which understands the pressures that modern students face in their work-load and seeks to supply an authoritative study guide to the field. It should fulfil a long-standing need in undergraduate research methods courses for an unpatronising, utterly reliable aid to making sense of research methods.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Contributors ix
Introduction xiii
Abduction and retroduction
1(4)
Action research: a case study
5(4)
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
9(3)
Attitudes
12(3)
Autobiography see Biographical method
15(1)
Biographical method
15(3)
CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing)
18(4)
Cartographic techniques see Geographic information systems
22(1)
Case study
22(2)
Causation
24(4)
Central tendency
28(1)
Child research
29(3)
Comparative analysis
32(3)
Computer simulation of social processes
35(6)
Confirmatory statistics see Hypothesis testing
41(1)
Constructionism, social
41(2)
Content analysis
43(2)
Contingency tables
45(3)
Conversation Analysis
48(5)
Correlation and regression
53(4)
Critical theory
57(4)
Crosstabulation see Contingency tables
61(1)
Cultural analysis
61(3)
Data archives
64(3)
Deduction
67(2)
Diaries, self-completion
69(5)
Discourse analysis
74(3)
Dispersion and the normal distribution
77(3)
Documentary sources
80(4)
Ecological fallacy
84(2)
e-mail as a research tool
86(5)
Empiricism, abstracted empiricism
91(3)
Epistemology
94(1)
Ethics
95(4)
Ethnography
99(3)
Ethnomethodology
102(2)
Exploratory data analysis
104(5)
Factor analysis
109(4)
Feminist epistemology
113(4)
Feminist methodology
117(3)
Focus groups
120(3)
Frankfurt School
123(1)
Gender identity dysphoria assessment
123(3)
Generalisation
126(3)
Geographic information systems (GIS)
129(3)
Grounded theory
132(3)
Hawthorne effect
135(3)
Hermeneutics
138(1)
Historical methods
139(5)
Hypothesis testing
144(3)
Ideal type
147(2)
Impact assessment
149(5)
Induction
154(2)
Intellectual property rights
156(4)
Internet
160(4)
Interpretation
164(1)
Interviewer effects see Interviews
165(1)
Interview schedule see Questionnaires and structured interview schedules
166(1)
Interviews
166(5)
Literature searching
171(5)
Loglinear analysis
176(5)
Longitudinal research
181(6)
Measurement, level of
187(3)
Meaning
190(2)
Methodology
192(2)
`Micro' sampling techniques
194(2)
Modernity
196(6)
Multilevel models
202(6)
Narrative approach
208(2)
Naturalism
210(3)
Observation, overt and covert
213(4)
Online methods
217(3)
Paradigm
220(2)
Participant observation
222(3)
Participatory action research
225(2)
Phenomenology
227(3)
Philosophy of social research
230(3)
Policy research
233(2)
Positivism
235(3)
Primary data see Secondary data analysis
238(1)
Post-modernism see Modernity
238(1)
Qualitative see Methodology
238(1)
Qualitative research
238(3)
Qualitative research data, archiving
241(5)
Quantitative see Methodology
246(1)
Queer research
246(3)
Questionnaire and structured interview schedule design
249(4)
Questionnaires and structured interview schedules
253(3)
Realism
256(3)
Reflexivity
259(3)
Research design
262(6)
Sampling, probability
268(5)
Sampling, quota
273(1)
Sampling, snowball: accessing hidden and hard-to-reach populations
274(6)
Scales, scaling see Attitudes
280(1)
Secondary analysis of qualitative data
280(5)
Secondary data analysis
285(3)
Sensitive research
288(3)
Sex surveys
291(2)
Social change see Historical methods
293(1)
Social fact
293(3)
Social indicators
296(1)
Social statistics
297(4)
Social surveys
301(3)
Spatial statistical analysis see Geographic information systems
304(1)
Standardisation
305(1)
Statistical interaction
306(2)
Statistical testing see Hypothesis testing
308(1)
Structuralism/post-structuralism
309(3)
Systematic review
312(5)
Telephone methods for social surveys
317(7)
Theory
324(2)
Transsexualism see Gender identity dysphoria assessment
326(1)
Triangulation
326(3)
Type I and Type II errors see Hypothesis testing
329(1)
Unobtrusive measures
330(3)
Verbal protocol analysis
333(5)
Verstehen
338(1)
Vignette
339(1)
Visual research methods
340(5)
World Wide Web see Internet
345

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