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Making Sense of the Social World : Methods of Investigation - With CD

Making Sense of the Social World : Methods of Investigation - With CD - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-1412927178

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ISBN13: 978-1412927178
ISBN10: 141292717X
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 2006
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Making Sense of the Social World : Methods of Investigation - With CD - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412927178

Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt

ISBN13: 978-1412927178
ISBN10: 141292717X
Edition: 2ND 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Making Sense of the Social World provides an engaging, innovative, and accurate introduction to social research for students who need to understand how social research is done and appreciate the results, but may never do research themselves in the professional lives. Like the more comprehensive version of Russell Schutt's Investigating the Social World, it presents research methods as an integrated whole, with balanced treatment of qualitative and quantitative methods, integration of substantive examples and research techniques, and consistent attention to the goal of validity and the standards of ethical practice. In contrast to the complete edition, the brief edition is written in a less formal, occasionally humorous style, with more brief examples drawn from everyday experience, and less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods.

Key Features and Updates to the Second Edition:

  • A major re-organization of material from Investigating the Social World has resulted in a briefer, more accesible treatment appropriate for a lower division audience
  • Expanded coverage of validity, causation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, and techniques of analysis in the Second Edition; these are the topics reviews cited as the most difficult for their students in their research methods classes
  • Expanded Student Study Site with SAGE journal articles and online exercises
  • New examples will be used in each chapter, many of them drawn from everyday experiences and current newsworthy issues
  • Greater use and emphasis on using the Web for research

Table of Contents

Science, Society, and Social Research

What Is the Problem?
Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?
How Well Have We Done Our Research? Are Our Answers Correct?
Conclusion

The Process and Problems of Social Research

What Is the Question?
What Is the Theory?
What Is the Strategy?
What Is the Design?
But Is It Ethical?
Conclusion

Conceptualization and Measurement

What Do We Have in Mind?
How Will We Know When We've Found It?
How Much Information Do We Really Have?
Did We Measure What We Wanted To Measure?
Conclusion

Sampling

What Sampling Method Should We Use?
Conclusion

Causation and Experimental Design

Causal Explanation
What Causes What?
Why Experiment?
What If a True Experiment Isn't Possible?
What Are the Threats to Validity in Experiments?
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?
Conclusion

Survey Research

Why Is Survey Research So Popular?
How Should We Write Survey Questions?
How Should Questionnaires Be Designed?
What Are the Alternatives for Administering Surveys?
A Comparison of Survey Designs
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusion

Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening

What Makes Methods "Qualitative"?
How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?
How Do You Conduct Intensive Interviews?
How Do You Run Focus Groups?
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusion

Qualitative Data Analysis

What Is Distinctive About 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

Quantitative Data Analysis

Why Do Statistics?
How to Prepare Data for Analysis
What Are the Options for Displaying Univariate Distributions?
What Are the Options for Summarizing Distributions?
How Can We Tell Whether Two Variables Are Related?
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie with Statistics
Conclusion

Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research

Comparing Research Designs
Reviewing Research
Proposing New Research
Reporting Research
Conclusion

Appendix A: Finding Information
Appendix B: HyperRESEARCH(TM): A Software Tool for Qualitative Data Analysis
Appendix C: Secondary Data Sources
Appendix D: How to Use a Statistical Package
References
Glossary/Index

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