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Basics of Social Research : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

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9780205484379

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0205484379
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Summary

Helps students understand what research can and cannot do, become better consumers of research, and learn why properly conducted research is important. This text teaches students to be a better consumer of research results, understand how the research enterprise works, and prepares them to conduct small research projects. Upon completing this text, students will be aware of what research can and cannot do, and why properly conducted research is important. Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, this discusses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches. Briefer, paperback text, adapted from Neuman's Social Research Methods, Sixth Edition.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
PART ONE Foundations
Doing Social Research
1(22)
Introduction
2(1)
Alternatives to Social Research
3(4)
How Science Works
7(2)
Steps in the Research Process
9(1)
Dimensions of Research
10(11)
Conclusion
21(2)
Theory and Social Research
23(24)
Introduction
24(1)
What Is Theory?
24(2)
The Parts of Theory
26(3)
The Aspects of Theory
29(12)
The Three Major Approaches to Social Science
41(3)
The Dynamic Duo
44(1)
Conclusion
45(2)
Ethics in Social Research
47(21)
Introduction
48(1)
Why Be Ethical?
48(1)
Power Relations
49(1)
Ethical Issues Involving Research Participants
50(9)
Ethics and the Scientific Community
59(2)
Ethics and the Sponsors of Research
61(2)
Politics of Research
63(1)
Value-Free and Objective Research
64(2)
Conclusion
66(2)
Reviewing the Scholarly Literature and Planning a Study
68(40)
Introduction
69(1)
Literature Review
69(11)
Using the Internet for Social Research
80(4)
Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations toward Research
84(4)
Qualitative Design Issues
88(3)
Quantitative Design Issues
91(15)
Conclusion
106(2)
Qualitative and Quantitative Measurement
108(32)
Introduction
109(1)
Why Measure?
109(1)
Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement
110(1)
Parts of the Measurement Process
111(4)
Reliability and Validity
115(6)
A Guide to Quantitative Measurement
121(5)
Index Construction
126(2)
Scales
128(10)
Conclusion
138(2)
Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling
140(26)
Introduction
141(1)
Nonprobability Sampling
141(4)
Probability Sampling
145(19)
Conclusion
164(2)
PART TWO Conducting Quantitative Research
Survey Research
166(34)
Introduction
167(1)
The Logic of Survey Research
168(1)
Constructing the Questionnaire
169(17)
Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages
186(4)
Interviewing
190(6)
The Ethical Survey
196(1)
Conclusion
197(3)
Experimental Research
200(24)
Introduction
201(1)
Random Assignment
202(2)
Experimental Design Logic
204(8)
Internal and External Validity
212(7)
Practical Considerations
219(1)
Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons
219(2)
A Word on Ethics
221(1)
Conclusion
222(2)
Nonreactive Research and Secondary Analysis
224(23)
Introduction
225(1)
Nonreactive Measurement
225(2)
Content Analysis
227(9)
Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis
236(8)
Issues of Inference and Theory Testing
244(1)
Conclusion
245(2)
Analysis of Quantitative Data
247(28)
Introduction
248(1)
Dealing with Data
248(3)
Results with One Variable
251(6)
Results with Two Variables
257(6)
More Than Two Variables
263(5)
Inferential Statistics
268(4)
Conclusion
272(3)
PART THREE Conducting Qualitative Research
Field Research
275(29)
Introduction
275(3)
The Logic of Field Research
278(2)
Choosing a Site and Gaining Access
280(5)
Relations in the Field
285(2)
Observing and Collecting Data
287(9)
The Field Research Interview
296(3)
Leaving the Field
299(1)
Focus Croups
300(1)
Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research
301(1)
Conclusion
302(2)
Historical-Comparative Research
304(23)
Introduction
304(2)
The Logic of Historical-Comparative Research
306(4)
Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project
310(2)
Data and Evidence in Historical Context
312(5)
Comparative Research
317(5)
Equivalence in Historical-Comparative Research
322(3)
Ethics
325(1)
Conclusion
325(2)
Analysis of Qualitative Data
327(16)
Introduction
328(1)
Comparing Methods of Data Analysis
328(1)
Coding and Concept Formation
329(6)
Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data
335(4)
Other Techniques
339(1)
Software for Qualitative Data
340(2)
Conclusion
342(1)
PART FOUR Writing a Research Report
Writing the Research Report
343(18)
Introduction
344(1)
The Research Report
344(15)
Conclusion
359(2)
Glossary 361(16)
Bibliography 377(14)
Name Index 391(2)
Subject Index 393


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