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Social Research Methodology A Critical Introduction

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ISBN-10: 023022475X

ISBN-13: 9780230224759

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Roger Gomm

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This clear, coherent and original text is designed to help the reader make informed judgements about appropriate research strategies and the credibility of particular pieces of research. Introductory in pitch and grounded in extensive real-life examples, it explores the assumptions behind the main methods of data collection and analysis and the ways in which methods shape findings. Key terms are explained in plain English, activities offer opportunities for readers to test and extend their understanding, and each chapter ends with recommendations for further reading. The wealth of illustrative research examples will appeal to students across a range of academic and applied social and health…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.30" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Panels
List of Transcripts
List of Activities
Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Overview of the Book: Summarizing the main themes running though the book
Instruments and Instrument Design: Criteria for constructing data collecting instruments
Controlled Experiments: Introducing the logic of control as exemplified in controlled experiments
More Naturalism in Experiments: Considering the merits and the problems of relaxing experimental control in order to make a controlled experiment more naturalistic
Computer Simulations and Complexity Theory: Outlining the role of computer simulations in social research with particular reference to the simulation of complex phenomena
Sample Surveys and Statistical Representativeness: Introducing surveys, sampling and statistical representativeness as the basis for empirical generalization
Natural Experiments: Introducing and illustrating the ideas of natural experiments and statistical control
Controlling for Time in Natural Experiments: Considering the importance of establishing time sequence in natural experiments and the use of longitudinal research
Using Administrative Data in Research: Outlining the problems of using administrative data in social research
Questions and Answers: Comparing questioning for social surveys with questioning in qualitative interviews and the data arising
Analysing the Results of Qualitative Interviews: Demonstrating three different ways of analysing qualitative interview data
Observing Naturally Occurring Events: Considering the strategies of naturalistic observation
Analysing Written Documents: Explaining some techniques for analysing written documents both as topics and as resources
Evaluative and Emancipatory Research: Considering the role of values in research and the differences between value-neutral and value-led research
Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analysis and Syntheses from Diverse Sources: Explaining the various strategies adopted to synthesize the results of different pieces of research
Research Ethics: Outlining different views on the proper moral conduct for social researchers