Basics of Social Research

ISBN-10: 0495094684

ISBN-13: 9780495094685

Edition: 4th 2008

Authors: Earl R. Babbie
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Description: This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book presents a succinct, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by social scientists. Contemporary examples+such as terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, anti-gay prejudice and education, and the legalization of marijuana make this Fourth Edition thoroughly fascinating as it introduces you to the "how-tos" and "whys" of social research methods. The book's new qualitative coverage combined with its already strong quantitative material makes this new edition Babbie's best yet. Babbie, long respected in the field and renowned for his engaging and friendly writing style, gives you the tools you need for understanding social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom+as a researcher and as a consumer of research. With a strong emphasis on ethics and additional qualitative material, this Fourth Edition is authoritative yet student-friendly . . . and engaging enough to help you connect the dots between the world of social research and the real world.

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Book details

List price: $132.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

Preface
Table Of Contents
Contents in Brief
Contents in Detail
The Basics of Social Research
An Introduction to Inquiry
Human Inquiry and Science
Paradigms, Theory, and Research
The Idea of Causation in Social Research
The Structuring of Inquiry
Research Design
Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement
Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
The Logic of Sampling
Modes of Observation: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
The Ethical Dimension of Research
Experiments
Survey Research
Unobtrusive Measures
Field Research
Qualitative Interviewing
Evaluation Research
Analysis of Data
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantifying Data
Elementary Quantitative Analysis, the Elaboration Model, and Social Statistics
Contents in Detail
Preface
Prologue
An Introduction to Inquiry
Human Inquiry and Science
Introduction
Looking for Reality
The Foundations of Social Science
Some Dialectics of Social Research
The Ethics of Social Research
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
Paradigms, Theory, and Research
Introduction
Some Social Science Paradigms
Elements of Social Theory
Two Logical Systems Revisited
Deductive Theory Construction
Inductive Theory Construction
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
The Idea of Causation in Social Research
Introduction
Determinism and Social Science
Causation in Idiographic and Nomothetic Models of Explanation
Criteria for Causality
Errors in Reasoning about Causation
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
The Structuring of Inquiry
Research Design
Introduction
Purposes of Research
Units of Analysis
The Time Dimension
How to Design a Research Project
The Research Proposal
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Additional Readings
Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement
Introduction
Measuring Anything That Exists
Conceptualization
Definitions in Descriptive and Explanatory Studies
Operational Choices
Criteria for Measurement Quality
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
Indexes, Scales, and Typologies
Introduction
Indexes versus Scales
Index Construction
Scale Construction
Typologies
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
The Logic of Sampling
Introduction
The Brief History of Sampling
Nonprobability Sampling
The Logic of Probability Sampling
Sampling Concepts and Terminology
Probability Sampling Theory and Sampling Distribution
Populations and Sampling Frames
Types of Sampling Designs
Illustration: Sampling University Students
Multistage Cluster Sampling
Illustration: Sampling Churchwomen
Probability Sampling in Review
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
Modes of Observation: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Introduction
The Ethical Dimension of Research
Experiments
Introduction
Topics Appropriate to Experiments
The Classical Experiment
Selecting Subjects
Variations on Experimental Design
An Illustration of Experimentation
"Natural" Experiments
Ethical Considerations
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Experimental Method
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
Survey Research
Introduction
Topics Appropriate to Survey Research
Guidelines for Asking Questions
Questionnaire Construction
Self-Administered Questionnaires
Interview Surveys
Telephone Surveys
New Technologies
Comparison of the Different Survey Methods
Strengths and Weaknesses of Survey Research
Secondary Analysis
Main Points
Review Questions and Exercises
Continuity Project
Additional Readings
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