9780495093251

The Practice Of Social Research

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    9780495093251

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    0495093254

  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/1/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book for the course (known as the "Bible of social research methods") offers students a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by sociologists and other social scientists. Emphasizing the importance of the research process, the book shows students how social scientists design research studies, introduces the variety of observation modes used by sociologists, and covers the "how-to's" and "whys" of social research methods. Students learn how to conduct various types of research, when it is appropriate to use each method, and how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. The 11th edition provides students with the necessary tools for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom--as researchers and as consumers of research.

Table of Contents

An Introduction To Inquiry
Human Inquiry and Science
Paradigms, Theory and Social Research
The Ethics and Politics of Social Research
The Structuring of Inquiry
Research Design
Conceptualization, Operationalization and Measurement
Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
The Logic of Sampling
Modes of Observation
Experiments
Survey Research
Qualitative Field Research
Unobtrusive Research
Evaluation Research
Analysis of Data
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
The Elaboration Model
Statistical Analyses
Reading and Writing Social Research
Using the Library
GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire
Random Numbers
Distribution of Chi Square
Normal Curve Areas
Estimated Sampling Error
Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results
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