Research Design in Social Research

ISBN-10: 0761953477
ISBN-13: 9780761953470
Edition: 2001
Authors: David de Vaus
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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

`With this book David de Vaus has written one of the best general research methods textbooks around. The use of different types of research design as the point of departure is a different and very helpful approach to take, especially since many textbooks confuse issues of method and design. The author outlines with great clarity a wide variety of issues, including testing theories, causation, data analysis, and the main considerations involved in using the different research designs covered. Both students and their instructors will find this an extremely valuable, well-written book' - Professor Alan Bryman, University of Loughborough`A wonderful opportunity for research design students and practitioners to think more about the planning and process of research design' - Forum for Qualitative Social Research - follow the link below to read the complete reviewThis book is intended to show social science students the importance of attending to design issues when undertaking social research. One of the main problems in doing practical research is that design and structure are inappropriate for the uses of research. They often do not support the conclusions that are drawn from it. Several research methods books focus on data collection strategy and statistical analysis. While these issues are pertinent, this book argues that the core of research methods is the structure and design of the research. The book:Provides students with a clear understanding of the importance of research design and its place in the research process.Describes the main types of research designs in social research.Explains the logic and purposes of design to enable students to evaluate particular research strategiesEquips students with the design skills to operate in real world research situationsThe book is divided into five parts. Part One explores issues about types of research, research concepts, research questions, causality and basic issues in the design process. The remaining four parts focus on different types of research design. Experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional and case-study methods are clearly and systematically examined, and their strengths and weaknesses are described.The result is a one-stop critical guide to design in social research that students and researchers will find invaluable.

David De Vaus is Associate Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is the author of Surveys in Social Research and Research Design in Social Research. He is an international authority in the field of social research.

What is Research Design?
The Context of Design
Tools for Research Design
Causation and the Logic of Research Design
Experimental Designs
Types of Experimental Design
Issues in Experimental Design
Analyzing Experimental Data
Longitudinal Designs
Types of Longitudinal Design
Issues in Longitudinal Design
Data Analysis in Longitudinal Design
Cross-Sectional Designs
Cross-Sectional Design
Issues in Cross-Sectional Design
Cross-Sectional Analysis
Case Study Designs
Case Study Design
Issues in Case Study Design
Case Study Analysis

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