Social Research A Simple Guide

ISBN-10: 0205334288
ISBN-13: 9780205334285
Edition: 2003
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List price: $100.40
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A user-friendly guide to understanding social research and statistics. Fun to read, this successful class-tested book provides step-by-step guidance using numerous real-life examples and applications. This concise book attempts to make research fun and interesting by using concrete examples, funny vignettes and worked-out problems.MARKET : For anyone interested in improving in research methods.

Dr. Morley D. Glicken is the former Dean of the Worden School of Social Service in San Antonio; the founding director of the Master of Social Work Department at California State University, San Bernardino; the past Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of Alabama; and the former Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Tucson. He has also held faculty positions in social work at the University of Kansas and Arizona State University. He currently teaches in the Department of Social Work at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Glicken received his BA degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota and holds an Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and the Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Social Work degrees from the University of Utah. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. In 2010, Praeger Press published his books on workaholism and retirement and another on mature love. In 2009, Praeger Press published his book A Simple Guide to Retirement (with Brian Haas). Elsevier, Inc. published his books Evidence-Based Practice with Troubled Children and Adolescents: A Psychosocial Perspective and, Evidence Based Counseling and Psychotherapy with an Aging Population, also in 2009. In 2008 he published A Guide to Writing for Human Service Professionals for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. In 2006 he published Life Lessons from Resilient People, published by Sage Publications. He published Working with Troubled Men: A Practitioner's Guide for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers in 2005 and Improving the Effectiveness of the Helping Professions: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice in 2004 for Sage Publications. In 2003 he published Violent Young Children, and Understanding and Using the Strengths Perspective for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers. Dr. Glicken published two books for Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers in 2002: The Role of the Helping Professions in the Treatment of Victims and Perpetrators of Crime (with Dale Sechrest) and, A Simple Guide to Social Research. Dr Glicken has published over 50 articles in professional journals and has written extensively on personnel issues for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal. He has held clinical social work licenses in Alabama and Kansas and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Social Work at California State University, San Bernardino and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth: A Research, Treatment, and Training Institute in Prescott, Arizona offering consulting services in counseling, research, and management. More information about Dr. Glicken may be obtained on his website: www.morleyglicken.com . A listing of all of his books may be found on Amazon.com at: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/v/1973805540 and he can be contacted by email at: mglicken@msn.com.

Preface
Acknowledgement
Dedication
Why Bother Learning Research?
The Excitement of Discovery
Knowledge: Is Some Knowledge Better Than Other Knowledge?
Inductive Versus Deductive Reasoning
The Scientific Method
Is the Scientific Method the Only Approach?
Creativity and Science
The Three Ways of Doing Research
Pure and Applied Research
A Way of Viewing the Research Process: Research Paradigms
The Four Paradigms
Explanation, Usage, Examples of Each, Methodologies Used, Types of Data to Collect, Pros and Cons of Each Paradigm
Which Paradigm Should You Choose for Your Research Project?
What's the Beef?
A Look at Problem Formulations
An Example of a Problem Formulation: Why Do So Few Men Enter the Helping Professions?
A Feminist Response to the Problem Formulation
The Moral of the Story
Choosing a Research Problem
Walking You Through the Problem of Finding and Formulating a Suitable Problem to Study
Have You Chosen the Correct Problem?
The Research Proposal
The Purpose of the Proposal
The Content of the Proposal
Choosing a Topic
Issues to Consider When Choosing a Topic
A Suggested Outline for the Proposal
Constructivist Proposals
Critical Theory Studies
Evaluation Protocol for Research Proposals
The Literature Review
Steps in Doing a Serious Literature Review
Good and Bad Sources
Commonly-Used Sources and Their Relative Quality
How to Judge Well-Done Literature Reviews
Plagiarism
Locating Documents on the Internet
Full-Text Data Bases in the Social Sciences
Citations and Abstracts
Using Instruments to Measure Behavior
Creating Your Own Instrument
Using an Instrument Created by Others
Six Types of Validity
Determining Reliability (Test-Retest, Split-Half Method)
Common Ways of Using Instruments
Guidelines for Surveys
Examples of Research Instruments
Instrument 1: A Vague Likert Scale: The Dakota Measure of Spirituality (Scale and Discussion)
Instrument 2: A Behaviorally Oriented Likert Scale: The CES-D Measure of Depression: (Scale and Discussion)
Instrument 3: The Use of Vignettes: The Mt
Pleasant Crisis Scale (Scale and Discussion)
Instrument 4: An Open-Ended Instrument: Disclosure of AIDS in Latino Families (Scale and Discussion)
Making Sense Out of Open-Ended Answers
The Importance of Cover Letters with Examples
Sending Results Out to Respondents with an Actual Example
Tough Research: Quantitative Designs
The Characteristics of Quantitative Research (6 Characteristics Explained)
Comparison Between Experiment and Control Group
Solomon Four-Group Designs
Time Series Studies
Quasi-Experimental Designs
Survey Research
Threats to Experimental Design
Qualitative Designs
Rules of Qualitative Research
Types of Qualitative Studies
Conclusions
Sampling
Sampling Bias and Sampling Error
Sampling Terms: Statistic, Universe, Parameter, Population and Sa

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