Elements of Social Scientific Thinking

ISBN-10: 1133607675
ISBN-13: 9781133607670
Edition: 11th 2014
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Book details

List price: $88.95
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770

A concise introduction to the fundamental concepts of social scientific thinking and research, this classic text makes scientific thinking, research methods, and statistics accessible to undergraduates at a commonsense level. This text is intended for use in a broad array of the social sciences, including Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology.

Preface
About the Authors
Thinking Scientifically
Why Bother to be Systematic?
The Role of Reasoned Judgment and Opinion
The Role of Imagination, Intuition, and Custom
The Elements of Science
The Origin and Utility of Concepts
What is a Variable?
The Hypothesis
The Scientific Method
The Many Roles of Theory
Strategies
Thinking Over the Problem
Reality Testing
Understanding the Results
Refinements
Hypotheses
Variables
Measuring Variables and Relationships
Measuring Variables: Levels of Measurement
Measuring the Significance and Representativeness of Data: Probability, Sampling, and Problems in Polling
Measuring Relationships Between Variables: Association and Correlation
Computers and Statistics
Conclusions
Tuning In, Tuning Out: The Strange Disappearance of Social Capital in America
Trust in Government: The United States in Comparative Perspective
Index

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