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Social Research Methods : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780205353118

ISBN10:
0205353118
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This highly regarded text presents a comprehensive and balanced introduction to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches.

Author Biography

W. Lawrence Neuman: University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART ONE FOUNDATION
Science and Research
1(19)
Introduction
1(1)
Alternatives to Social Research
2(4)
How Science Works
6(6)
Steps of the Research Process
12(4)
Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research
16(1)
Why Conduct Social Research?
16(1)
Conclusion
17(3)
Dimensions of Research
20(21)
Introduction
20(1)
Dimensions of Research
21(14)
Data Collection Techniques Used
35(4)
Conclusion
39(2)
Theory and Research
41(27)
Introduction
41(1)
What Is Theory?
42(1)
Social Theory versus Ideology
42(2)
The Parts of Theory
44(6)
The Aspects of Theory
50(15)
The Dynamic Duo
65(1)
Conclusion
66(2)
The Meanings of Methodology
68(27)
Introduction
68(1)
The Three Approaches
69(1)
Positivist Social Science
70(5)
Interpretive Social Science
75(6)
Critical Social Science
81(6)
Feminist and Postmodern Research
87(3)
Conclusion
90(5)
The Literature Review and Ethical Concerns
95(42)
Introduction
95(1)
The Literature Review
96(20)
Ethics in Social Research
116(18)
Conclusion
134(3)
PART TWO PLANNING AND PREPARATION
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs
137(32)
Introduction
137(1)
Triangulation
137(2)
Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations toward Research
139(7)
Qualitative Design Issues
146(3)
Quantitative Design Issues
149(15)
Conclusion
164(5)
Qualitative and Quantitative Measurement
169(41)
Introduction
169(1)
Why Measure?
170(1)
Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement
171(1)
Parts of the Measurement Process
171(7)
Reliability and Validity
178(9)
A Guide to Quantitative Measurement
187(5)
Index Construction
192(3)
Scales
195(11)
Conclusion
206(4)
Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling
210(27)
Introduction
210(1)
Nonprobability Sampling
211(4)
Probability Sampling
215(20)
Conclusion
235(2)
PART THREE QUANTITATIVE DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Experimental Research
237(26)
Introduction
237(3)
Random Assignment
240(3)
Experimental Design Logic
243(8)
Internal and External Validity
251(6)
Practical Considerations
257(1)
Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons
258(1)
A Word on Ethics
258(1)
Conclusion
258(5)
Survey Research
263(45)
Introduction
263(4)
The Logic of Survey Research
267(1)
Constructing the Questionnaire
268(21)
Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages
289(3)
Interviewing
292(10)
The Ethical Survey
302(1)
Conclusion
303(5)
Nonreactive Research and Secondary Analysis
308(23)
Introduction
308(1)
Nonreactive Measurement
309(1)
Content Analysis
310(7)
Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis
317(11)
Issues of Inference and Theory Testing
328(1)
Conclusion
329(2)
Analysis of Quantitative Data
331(32)
Introduction
331(1)
Dealing with Data
332(3)
Results with One Variable
335(5)
Results with Two Variables
340(11)
More than Two Variables
351(5)
Inferential Statistics
356(4)
Conclusion
360(3)
PART FOUR QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Field Research
363(39)
Introduction
363(5)
The Logic of Field Research
368(3)
Choosing a Site and Gaining Access
371(6)
Relations in the Field
377(4)
Observing and Collecting Data
381(9)
The Field Research Interview
390(5)
Leaving the Field
395(1)
Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research
396(2)
Conclusion
398(4)
Historical-Comparative Research
402(36)
Introduction
402(3)
The Logic of Historical-Comparative Research
405(8)
Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project
413(2)
Data and Evidence in Historical Context
415(7)
Comparative Research
422(8)
Equivalence in Historical-Comparative Research
430(3)
Ethics
433(1)
Conclusion
434(4)
Analysis of Qualitative Data
438(30)
Introduction
438(1)
Comparing Methods of Data Analysis
439(2)
Coding and Concept Formation
441(6)
Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data
447(10)
What Is Not Seen
457(3)
Other Techniques
460(6)
Conclusion
466(2)
PART FIVE COMMUNICATING WITH OTHERS
Writing the Research Report and the Politics of Social Research
468(61)
Introduction
468(1)
The Research Report
469(14)
The Politics of Social Research
483(13)
Objectivity and Value Freedom
496(2)
Conclusion
498(3)
APPENDIXES
Appendix A American Sociological Association Code of Ethics
501(13)
Appendix B Table of Randomly Selected Five-Digit Numbers
514(4)
Appendix C Sample of Data Archives and Resources for Secondary Analysis
518(2)
Appendix D Measurement Theory and Specialized Techniques for Index and Scale Construction
520(4)
Appendix E Evaluation Research
524(5)
Glossary 529(19)
Bibliography 548(29)
Name Index 577(2)
Subject Index 579


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