Doing Empirical Political Research

ISBN-10: 0618116729
ISBN-13: 9780618116720
Edition: 2003
List price: $132.95
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Description: The structure of this textbook follows the actual process that students would employ in their own political research. It emphasizes active learning through the use of real data and a hands-on approach to the SPSS statistics software application.

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Book details

List price: $132.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 12/5/2002
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

The structure of this textbook follows the actual process that students would employ in their own political research. It emphasizes active learning through the use of real data and a hands-on approach to the SPSS statistics software application.

Terms Introduced
Selected Readings, and Activities
Science and behavior
How Do We Know What's True?
Asking and Answering Questions About Politics The Boundaries and Limits of Science
Using the Scientific Method and Political Science
We Are All Scientists Characteristics and Assumptions of the Scientific
Approach to Understanding Politics
The Wheel of Science Describes the Stages in the Research Process
Preparing for Research
Formulating Problems and Hypotheses
How to Develop a Political Research Question
Sources of Research Topics Criteria for Evaluating Potential
Political Research Topics
Ethical Issues in Political Science
Research Transforming
Research Topics into Researchable Questions
Narrowing the Focus Elements in Hypotheses
Concepts, Variables, and Units of Analysis
Determining What Is Known
Building a Bibliography Serious Political Science Research Begins (But Does Not End) with the Library
Developing a Strategy for Finding Sources and Keeping a Record
Finding Resources Determining Whether Sources Are Relevant
Reviewing Previous Research Reading and Evaluating
Empirical Political Research
Reading and Dissecting an Article Reporting Research "Gender and Citizen Participation
Is There a Different Voice?"
Writing a Review Comparing Research Reports
Assessing Relationships
Association or Causality?
Looking for Explanations Research Design
Conceptualizing, Operationalizing, and Measuring Variables From Abstract Concept to Concrete Measurement
Concepts and Variables Operationalization and Measurement From Conceptual to Operational Hypotheses
Data Collection
Organizing and Managing
Data Mounds of Data
Data Analysis Software Codebooks
Running a Frequency Distribution to Describe Your Data
How to Achieve Maximum Representativeness
Sampling Choosing Representative Units of Analysis
The Concept and Terminology of Sampling Types of Samples
Sample Error and Sample Size
Collecting Data Using Surveys Acquiring
Survey Data Developing Questions
Assembling the Survey Instrument
Administering the Survey Secondary Analysis of Survey Data
Collecting and Organizing Data from Published Sources
Previously Collected Data
Published Data
Published Data on Geographic Regions
Organizations Published Data on People Media Messages
Content Analysis
Studying Only a Few Cases
Intensive Approaches Extensive and Intensive Approaches
Case Studies Experimentation
Q-Technique Focus Groups
Analyzing and Reporting Results
How to Describe and Summarize a Single Variable
Why Statistics?
How Many Variables at What Level of Measurement?
Variables Measured at the Nominal and Ordinal Levels
Variables Measured at the Interval and Ratio Levels
Constructing and Interpreting Bivariate Tables
Tables Tell Us a Lot Characteristics and Construction of Bivariate
Tables Alternative Means for Organizing Percentage Tables
Graphing and Describing Linear Bivariate Relationships
Relationships Between Two Interval/Ratio Variables Interpreting a Scatterplot by Using a Regression Line
Analyzing More Than Two Variables
Sorting Out Multiple Influences
Nominal- and Ordinal-Level
Data Interval- and Ratio-Level Data
Determining the Statistical
Significance of Results
Sample Versus Population Relationships
The Framework of Statistical Significance Tests of Statistical Significance
Reporting the Results of Empirical Political Research
Pulling It All Together
The Work Is Not Finished Until You Communicate
Your Results Forms of Reporting Empirical
Political Research Organization and Presentation of the Elements of a Research Report
Writing Style and Form Presenting Quantitative Results
Ethical Considerations in Reporting Research
Avoiding Plagiarism
Random Numbers
Critical Values of Chi Square
Critical Values of t
Critical Values of F
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