Basics of Social Research : Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Adapted from the extremely successful Social Research Methods, this exciting new book is a concise introduction to the process of social research. Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, Lawrence Neuman guides readers through the process of planning, implementing, analyzing, and reporting social research projects.

Table of Contents

Doing Social Research
Alternatives to Social Research
How Science Works
Steps in the Research Process Dimensions of Research
Theory and Research
What Is Theory?
The Parts of Theory
The Aspects of Theory
The Dynamic Duo
Ethics in Social Research The Individual Researcher
Why Be Ethical? Power Relations
Ethical Issues Involving Research Participants
Mandated Protections of Research Participants
Ethics and the Scientific Community
Ethics and the Sponsors of Research
Politics of Research
Value Free and Objective Research
Reviewing the Scholarly Literature and Planning a Study
Literature Review
Where to Find Research Literature
Using the Internet for Social Research
Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations Toward Research
Qualitative Design Issues
Quantitative Design Issues
Conducting Quantitative Research
Formulating Hypotheses and Measuring Variables
Why Measure? Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Parts of the Measurement Process
Reliability and Validity
A Guide to Quantitative Measurement
Index Construction
Sampling Nonprobability Sampling
Probability Sampling
Survey Research
The Logic of Survey Research
Construction the Questionnaire
Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages
The Ethical Survey
The Experiment
Random Assignment
Experimental Design Logic
Internal and External Validity
Practical Considerations
Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons
A Word on Ethics
Non-Reactive Research
Nonreactive Measurement
Content Analysis
Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis
Issues of Inference and Theory Testing
Statistical Analysis Dealing with Data
Results with One Variable
Results with Two Variables
More Than Two Variables
Inferential Statistics
Conducting Qualitative Research
Field Research
The Logic of Field Research
Choosing a Site and Gaining Access
Relations in the Field
Observing and Collecting Data
The Field Research Interview
Leaving the Field
Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research
Historical-Comparative Research
The Logic of Historical Comparative Research
Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project
Data and Evidence in Historical Context
Comparative Research
Equivalence in Historical Comparative Research
Qualitative Data Analysis
Comparing Methods of Data Analysis
Coding and Concept Formation
Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data
Other Techniques
Writing A Research Report
Writing a Research Report
The Research Report
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