Contemporary Social Research Methods A Text Using MicroCase

ISBN-10: 0534581897

ISBN-13: 9780534581893

Edition: 3rd 2002 (Revised)

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This fully integrated text/workbook/software package lets students experience the challenge and excitement of doing real social research. The textbook provides a highly readable introduction to the fundamental processes and techniques of contemporary research - without the usual overload of obscure terms and rarely used methods. From the beginning of the textbook, discussions of data analysis are integrated with explanations of the research process. In this way, students understand the purpose behind - and the end result of - the techniques they learn. They stay focused on the "big picture." The accompanying workbook, written by Michael Corbett and Lynne Roberts, allows students to receive hands-on training and practical experience in doing social research. This collection of computer-based exercises requires students to think like social scientists. They work through the same questions, problems, and issues that researchers face. Social Research Using MicroCase provides the flexibility for a course, whether it follows a "lecture-and-test" format or includes independent research projects.
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List price: $229.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/19/2002
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 304
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Concepts and The ories
Doing Social Science
Studying Ourselves
Description and Explanation
Concepts and Indicators
Theories and Hypotheses
A Historical Note: When Social Scientists Went to War
Steps In the Social Scientific Process
Selecting a Topic
Formulating a Research Question
Defining the Concepts
Operationalizing the Concepts
Formulating the Hypotheses
Making the Observations
Analyzing the Data
Assessing the Results
Publishing the Findings
Replication Research
Variables and Variation
Variables: Levels of Measurement
Units of Analysis
Aggregate Data and the Ecological Fallacy
The Quality of Measures
A Variety of Measures
Censuses and Samples
Selecting Random Samples
Selecting Stratified Random Samples
Sampling Elusive Subgroups
Random/Quota Samples
Causation and Causal Models
Criteria of Causation
Causal Models
Interpreting Regression Models
Comparing Models
Using Categorical Variables
Dichotomous Dependent Variables
Basic Research Designs
The Experiment
Survey Research
Field Research
Aggregate or Comparative Research
Content Analysis
Studying Change
Survey Research
Simple and Proportional Facts
Validity: Attitudes and Behavior
Interviews or Questionnaires
Measuring Concepts with Survey Questions
Item Order
Response Bias
Interviewing Guidelines
Studying Change
Data Archives
Ethical Concerns
Comparative Research - Using Aggregate Units
Rates and Bases
Selecting Cases
Analyzing Aggregate Data
Studying Change
Ethical Concerns
Data Sources
Field Research
Selecting Topics and Sites
Entering the Field
Interviewing in the Field
Field Notes
Studying Change
Ethical Concerns
Experimental Research
Experimental Settings
Measurement Validity
Assessing Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Designs
The Fallacy of Unmanipulated "Causes"
External Validity
Studying Change
Ethical Concerns
Content Analysis and Other Unobtrusive Techniques
Unobtrusive Measurement
Content Analysis
Selecting Units and Cases
Constructing Coding Schemes
Studying Change
Ethical Concerns
Writing the Research Report
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