Basics of Social Research

ISBN-10: 0534630367
ISBN-13: 9780534630362
Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Earl R. Babbie
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Description: This is a concise, affordable, applied paperback research methods text by Earl Babbie, who defined how to teach the research methods course with his standard-setting text, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH. The streamlined Third Edition of THE BASICS  More...

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List price: $109.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

This is a concise, affordable, applied paperback research methods text by Earl Babbie, who defined how to teach the research methods course with his standard-setting text, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH. The streamlined Third Edition of THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH focuses particularly on the application of social research, emphasizing the fundamental concepts of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Inductive chapter openings pose social research problems that are addressed and resolved in each chapter through the application of key chapter concepts. Each chapter contains detailed examples and sections on how to interpret the results of data analysis. The text provides students with the necessary tools for understanding the basics of social research methods and for applying these concepts both inside and outside the classroom.

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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