Investigating the Social World : The Process and Practice of Research

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-10
  • Publisher: Pine Forge Press
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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
Historical Background
Ethical Principles
Philosophical Issues
Conceptualization And Measurement
Measurement Operations
Levels of Measurement
Evaluating Measures
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Research Design And Causation
Research Design Alternatives
Causal Explanation
Criteria for Causal Explanations
True Experiments
Validity in Experiments
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research
Survey Research
Survey Research in the Social Sciences
Writing Survey Questions
Combining Questions in Indexes
Designing Questionnaires
Organizing Surveys
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Systematic Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Focus Groups
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
Visual Sociology
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Evaluation And Policy Research
History of Evaluation Research
Evaluation Basics
Questions for Evaluation Research
Design Decisions
Ethics in Evaluations
Historical And Comparative Research
Overview of Unobtrusive Methods for Comparative and Historical Research
Historical Social Science Methods
Comparative Social Science Methods
Demographic Analysis
Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research
Secondary Data Analysis And Content Analysis
Secondary Data Sources
Challenges for Secondary Data Analysis
Content Analysis
Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Cross-Tabulating Variables
Regression Analysis
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships
Summarizing And Reporting Research
Comparing Research Designs
Writing Research
Reporting Research
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports
Summaries Of Frequently Cited Research Articles
Questions To Ask About A Research Article
How To Read A Research Article
Finding Information
Table Of Random Numbers
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