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Investigating the Social World with SPSS Student Version 11. 0 The Process and Practice of Research

ISBN-10: 0761988130

ISBN-13: 9780761988137

Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Russell K. Schutt

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'Investigating the Social World' is written so that the 'doing' of social research is closely and consistently linked to important social issues, demonstrating not only the value of research, but also how technique and substance are intimately related.
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List price: $115.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/7/2003
Pages: 470
Size: 7.09" wide x 9.06" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

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
Acknowledgments
Science, Society, and Social Research
Learning About The Social World
The Social Science Approach
Social Research Goals
Strengths and Limitations Of Social Research
Conclusions
The Process and Problems of Social Research
Social Research Questions
Social Research Foundations
Social Research Strategies
Social Research Ethics
Social Research Proposals, Part I
Conclusions
Theories and Philosophies for Social Research
The Origins of Social Science
Theoretical Perspectives In Social Science
Social Research Philosophies
Extending Social Science Investigations
Conclusions
Conceptualization and Measurement
Concepts
Measurement Operations
Levels of Measurement
Evaluating Measures
Conclusions
Sampling
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Conclusions
Causation and Research Design
Time Order and Research Design
Units of Analysis and Errors in Causal Reasoning
The Meaning of Explanation
Research Designs and Criteria for Causal Explanation
Conclusions
Experiments
True Experiments
Quasi-Experiments
Non-Experiments
Validity in Experiments
Combining Methods
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research
Conclusions
Survey Research
Survey Research in The Social Sciences
Writing Questions
Designing Questionnaires
Organizing Surveys
Combining Methods
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusions
Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Systematic Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Focus Groups
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusions
Evaluation Research
Background
Evaluation Basics
Evaluation Foci
Design Alternatives
Ethics in Evaluation
Conclusions
Historical and Comparative Methods
Overview of Comparative-Historical Methods
Historical Social Science Methods
Comparative Social Science Methods
Methodological Issues
Special Techniques
Secondary Data Sources
Ethical Issues in Comparative-Historical Research
New References
Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Crosstabulating Variables
Regressing Variables
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships
Conclusions
Qualitative Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Content Analysis
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis
Conclusions
Reporting Research
Proposing New Research, Part II
Case Study: Treating Substance Abuse
Comparing Research Designs
Writing Research
Reporting Research
Ethics. Politics and Research Reports
Conclusions
References
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
How to Use A Statistical Package
How to Use A Qualitative Analysis Package
Annotated List of Web Sites