Investigating the Social World The Process and Practice of Research

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ISBN-13: 9781412969406
Edition: 6th 2009
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Description: A comprehensive, balanced text text for Research Methods courses found in Sociology, Communication/Journalism, Political Science, Public Administration, and other social science disciplines. It is used in undergraduate through graduate level courses.

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List price: $99.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 728
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

A comprehensive, balanced text text for Research Methods courses found in Sociology, Communication/Journalism, Political Science, Public Administration, and other social science disciplines. It is used in undergraduate through graduate level courses.

Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, now in its Eighth Edition , and its co-authored adaptations for the disciplines of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (co-edited), and Organization in a Changing Environment . His scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment, its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior, and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare . His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources. In addition to research methods and statistics, he teaches the sociology of complex organizations and the sociology of law.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Science, Society, and Social Research
Learning About the Social World
Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World
Science and Social Science
Alternative Research Orientations
Strengths and Limitations of Social Research
Conclusions
The Process and Problems of Social Research
Social Research Questions
Social Research Foundations
Theoretical Perspectives for Social Research
Social Research Strategies
Social Research Goals
Social Research Proposals
Conclusions
Research Ethics and Philosophies
Historical Background
Ethical Principles
Philosophical Issues
Conclusions
Conceptualization and Measurement
Concepts
Measurement Operations
Levels of Measurement
Evaluating Measures
Conclusions
Sampling
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Conclusions
Research Design and Causation
Research Design Alternatives
Causal Explanation
Criteria for Causal Explanations
Conclusions
Experiments
True Experiments
Quasi-Experiments
Nonexperiments
Validity in Experiments
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research
Conclusions
Survey Research
Survey Research in the Social Sciences
Writing Survey Questions
Combining Questions in Indexes
Designing Questionnaires
Organizing Surveys
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusions
Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Systematic Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Focus Groups
Combining Qualitative Methods
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusions
Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
Visual Sociology
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Conclusions
Evaluation and Policy Research
History of Evaluation Research
Evaluation Basics
Questions for Evaluation Research
Design Decisions
Ethics in Evaluations
Conclusions
Historical and Comparative Research
Overview of Unobtrusive Methods for Comparative and Historical Research
Historical Social Science Methods
Comparative Social Science Methods
Demographic Analysis
Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research
Conclusions
Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Secondary Data Sources
Challenges for Secondary Data Analysis
Content Analysis
Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Conclusions
Quantitative Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Cross-Tabulating Variables
Regression Analysis
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships
Conclusions
Summarizing and Reporting Research
Comparing Research Designs
Writing Research
Reporting Research
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports
Conclusions
Summaries of Frequently Cited Research Articles
Questions To Ask About A Research Article
How To Read A Research Article
Finding Information
Table Of Random Numbers
Bibliography
Glossary/Index

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