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The most successful social research text to have been published in a generation has been updated and revised in this new Sixth Edition! This innovative, up-to-date, and popular text makes research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter, with hands-on exercises to help students learn by doing. Author Russell K. Schutt helps readers connect technique and substance, understand research methods as an integrated whole, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions.New to the Sixth Edition:Updates and Revisions: Research examples have been updated throughout the text, with many that have been added from international researchers. All end-of-chapter exercise sets have been updated. Techniques for searching and reviewing the literature and Web sites have been updated and more guidance is provided on writing the literature review. In addition, many chapters have been streamlined and reorganized for greater clarity, including those on measurement and causation and research design.Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis: A new chapter introduces the logic and limitations of secondary data analysis, available data sources, procedures for using ICPSR datasets, the Human Relations Area Files, and more information on content analysis.Qualitative Data Analysis: New sections have been added on conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, case-oriented understanding, and visual sociology. A special section on computer-assisted qualitative data analysis introduces the HyperRESEARCH software that accompanies the text.Theories and Philosophies for Research: A revised and streamlined chapter uses international research on immigration and ethnic conflict to illustrate functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism and to contrast positivist and interpretivist research philosophies. Unique among methods texts, this chapter emphasizes the importance of social theory and research philosophy as a foundation for social research.Research Ethics: New sections have been added in some chapters and the discussion of the role of the IRB in the third chapter has been expanded.Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries!Instructors' Resource CD-ROM: provides test questions, PowerPoint slides for lectures, suggested assignments, and a review of course organization options.Student Study Site at www.pineforge.com//isw5: includes journal articles, flash cards for practicing terminology, online quizzes, and much more!Now with interactive exercises on the study site (from the student CD) - for easier access and use by studentsStudent Resources CD: bundled with the book, contains wide-ranging data sets and interactive exercises to help students master concepts and techniques.HyperRESEARCH software: includes software for qualitative data analysis.
Table of Contents
|Science, Society, And Social Research|
|Learning About the Social World|
|Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World|
|Science and Social Science|
|Alternative Research Orientations|
|Strengths and Limitations of Social Research|
|The Process And Problems Of Social Research|
|Social Research Questions|
|Social Research Foundations|
|Theoretical Perspectives for Social Research|
|Social Research Strategies|
|Social Research Goals|
|Social Research Proposals|
|Research Ethics And Philosophies|
|Conceptualization And Measurement|
|Levels of Measurement|
|Research Design And Causation|
|Research Design Alternatives|
|Criteria for Causal Explanations|
|Validity in Experiments|
|Ethical Issues in Experimental Research|
|Survey Research in the Social Sciences|
|Writing Survey Questions|
|Combining Questions in Indexes|
|Ethical Issues in Survey Research|
|Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening|
|Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods|
|Combining Qualitative Methods|
|Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods|
|Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research|
|Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Features of Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis|
|Evaluation And Policy Research|
|History of Evaluation Research|
|Questions for Evaluation Research|
|Ethics in Evaluations|
|Historical And Comparative Research|
|Overview of Unobtrusive Methods for Comparative and Historical Research|
|Historical Social Science Methods|
|Comparative Social Science Methods|
|Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research|
|Secondary Data Analysis And Content Analysis|
|Secondary Data Sources|
|Challenges for Secondary Data Analysis|
|Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis|
|Quantitative Data Analysis|
|Preparing Data for Analysis|
|Displaying Univariate Distributions|
|Summarizing Univariate Distributions|
|Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics|
|Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships|
|Summarizing And Reporting Research|
|Comparing Research Designs|
|Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports|
|Summaries Of Frequently Cited Research Articles|
|Questions To Ask About A Research Article|
|How To Read A Research Article|
|Table Of Random Numbers|
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