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Social Research Methods : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

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9780205457939

ISBN10:
0205457932
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
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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. Dozens of new examples from actual research studies help illustrate concepts and methods.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART ONE Foundations
Science and Research
1(22)
Alternatives to Social Research
2(4)
How Science Works
6(7)
Quantitative and Qualitative Social Research
13(1)
Steps in the Research Process
14(6)
Why Conduct Social Research?
20(1)
Conclusion
20(3)
Dimensions of Research
23(26)
Dimensions of Research
23(24)
Conclusion
47(2)
Theory and Research
49(30)
What Is Theory?
50(1)
Social Theory versus Ideology
50(2)
The Parts of Social Theory
52(6)
Aspects of Theory
58(18)
The Dynamic Duo
76(1)
Conclusion
77(2)
The Meanings of Methodology
79(31)
The Three Approaches
80(1)
Positivist Social Science
81(6)
Interpretive Social Science
87(7)
Critical Social Science
94(8)
Feminist and Postmodern Research
102(2)
Conclusion
104(6)
The Literature Review and Ethical Concerns
110(39)
The Literature Review
110(19)
Ethics in Social Research
129(17)
Conclusion
146(3)
PART TWO Planning and Preparation
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Designs
149(30)
Triangulation
149(2)
Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations toward Research
151(6)
Qualitative Design Issues
157(3)
Quantitative Design Issues
160(14)
Conclusion
174(5)
Qualitative and Quantitative Measurement
179(40)
Why Measure?
180(1)
Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement
181(1)
Parts of the Measurement Process
181(7)
Reliability and Validity
188(10)
A Guide to Quantitative Measurement
198(4)
Index Construction
202(4)
Scales
206(10)
Conclusion
216(3)
Qualitative and Quantitative Sampling
219(27)
Nonprobability Sampling
220(4)
Probability Sampling
224(20)
Conclusion
244(2)
PART THREE Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Experimental Research
246(26)
Research Questions Appropriate for an Experiment
247(1)
A Short History of the Experiment in Social Research
248(1)
Random Assignment
249(3)
Experimental Design Logic
252(7)
Internal and External Validity
259(8)
Practical Considerations
267(1)
Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons
267(2)
A Word on Ethics
269(1)
Conclusion
269(3)
Survey Research
272(48)
Research Questions Appropriate for a Survey
273(1)
A History of Survey Research
273(3)
The Logic of Survey Research
276(1)
Constructing the Questionnaire
277(22)
Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages
299(5)
Interviewing
304(9)
The Ethical Survey
313(1)
Conclusion
314(6)
Nonreactive Research and Secondary Analysis
320(23)
Nonreactive Measurement
320(2)
Content Analysis
322(9)
Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis
331(8)
Issues of Inference and Theory Testing
339(1)
Conclusion
340(3)
Analysis of Quantitative Data
343(35)
Dealing with Data
344(2)
Results with One Variable
346(7)
Results with Two Variables
353(9)
More than Two Variables
362(8)
Inferential Statistics
370(4)
Conclusion
374(4)
PART FOUR Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Field Research
378(40)
Research Questions Appropriate for Field Research
379(1)
A Short History of Field Research
379(4)
The Logic of Field Research
383(2)
Choosing a Site and Gaining Access
385(7)
Relations in the Field
392(4)
Observing and Collecting Data
396(10)
The Field Research Interview
406(5)
Leaving the Field
411(1)
Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research
412(2)
Conclusion
414(4)
Historical-Comparative Research
418(39)
A Short History of Historical-Comparative Research
419(1)
Research Questions Appropriate for Historical-Comparative Research
419(1)
The Logic of Historical-Comparative Research
420(8)
Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project
428(2)
Data and Evidence in Historical Context
430(7)
Comparative Research
437(12)
Equivalence in Historical-Comparative Research
449(3)
Ethics
452(1)
Conclusion
453(4)
Analysis of Qualitative Data
457(33)
Comparing Methods of Data Analysis
458(1)
Coding and Concept Formation
459(7)
Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data
466(14)
Other Techniques
480(8)
Conclusion
488(2)
PART FIVE Communicating With Others
Writing the Research Report and the Politics of Social Research
490(58)
The Research Report
491(13)
The Politics of Social Research
504(12)
Objectivity and Value Freedom
516(2)
Conclusion
518(3)
Appendixs
Appendix A American Sociological Association Code of Ethics
521(14)
Appendix B Table of Randomly Selected Five-Digit Numbers
535(2)
Appendix C Sample of Data Archives and Resources for Secondary Analysis
537(2)
Appendix D Measurement Theory and Specialized Techniques for Index and Scale Construction
539(4)
Appendix E Evaluation Research
543(5)
Bibliography 548(36)
Name Index 584(2)
Subject Index 586


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