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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 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987871

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Making Sense of the Social World : Methods of Investigation / With CD - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761987871

Daniel F. Chambliss, Russell Schutt and Kuriakose K. Mamkoottam

ISBN13: 978-0761987871
ISBN10: 0761987878
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Pine Forge Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Many students approach the subject of social science research methods with a sense of anxiety. It is a dreaded requirement or a means to an end. These students need a more comprehensible than comprehensive approach to research methods. They require a text that is fun to read as well as challenging; relevant to everyday experience as well as a necessary foundation for more advanced courses.

Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation presents an engaging, accessible, and accurate introduction to social research. Authors Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt present the logic and essential techniques of research methods with a light, readable writing style and without skimping on critical concepts or recent developments. More than a brief derivative of Schutt's widely successful Investigating the Social World, this compelling volume focuses on validity as a unifying concept and supplies an integrated treatment of research ethics and research practices with innovative examples and exercises.

Designed for maximum impact and minimal frustration, this reader-friendly text includes

Substantive examples drawn from everyday experience and current social issues
A thorough treatment of qualitative methods
Stimulating, straightforward exercises and engaging prose retain student interest
A CD-ROM with key concepts, qualitative analysis software, data for SPSS analysis, and links to related Web sites
Companion study site on the Web with interactive self-quizzes, electronic flash cards, Web-driven research activities and more to help students master the content while doing some Web-based research.
Intended as a methods text for Sociology, Criminal Justice, Media Studies, Political Science, and Public Administration undergraduate students, Making Sense of the Social World is indispensable reading for anyone who needs a functional understanding of research methods.

Features:

  • A major re-organization of material from Investigating will result in a briefer, more accesible treatment appropriate for a lower level audience.
  • A new chapter on evaluation research that also integrates some sections from Multiple Methods in Context (Chapter 11) will be added; other sections in chapter 11 will be eliminated.
  • Exercises reorganized, with subsections: Talking, Finding, Critiquing, Doing Research. These include some material formerly in the Web exercises and the Proposal writing exercises. The Talking Research exercises are discussion questions, some of them modeled after those in the 3rd edition, but all kept to a simple level. The SPSS Exercises and the Proposal exercises are omitted (although some of the Proposal exercises are in the Doing section).
  • 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.

Author Bio

Chambliss, Daniel F. : Hamilton College

Schutt, Russell K. : University of Massachusetts, Boston

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Science, Society, and Social Research

What is the Problem?
Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?
What Questions Can Social Science Research Answer?
How Well Have We Done Our Research? Are Our Answers Correct?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 2. The Process and Problems of Social Research

What is the Question?
What is the Theory?
What is the Strategy?
Deductive Research
Inductive Research
Descriptive Research: A Necessary Step
What is the Design?
But is it Ethical?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 3. Conceptualization and Measurement

What Do We Have in Mind? Conceptualization
How Do We Focus the Problem? Variables and Hypotheses
How Will We Know When We've Found It? Operationalization
How Much Information Do We Really Have?
Establishing Validity and Reliability
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 4. Sampling

How to Prepare to Sample?
What Sampling Methods to Use?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 5. Causation and Experimental Design

What is a Causal Explanation?
How Do We Identify Causes?
What are the Features of a True Experiment?
How Can Experiments Be Modified?
Why Units of Analysis Can Affect Causal Reasoning
What are the Threats to Validity in Experiments?
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 6. 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?
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 7. Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening

What Makes Methods "Qualitative"?
How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?
How to Conduct Intensive Interview
How Do You "Focus" a Group?
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 8. Evaluation Research

What Is the History of Evaluation Research?
What Is Evaluation Research?
What are the Alternatives in Evaluation Designs?
What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?
Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research
onclusions
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 9. Elementary Data Analysis

Introducing Statistics
Case Study: The Likelihood of Voting
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Graphs
Frequency Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variation
Crosstabulating Variables
Controlling for a Third Variable
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises

Chapter 10. Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research

Comparing Research Designs
Reviewing Research
Case Study: "Night as Frontier"
Proposing New Research
Case Study: Treating Substance Abuse
Reporting Research
Writing and Organizing
Conclusion
Highlights
Exercises
References

Appendices

A. Finding Information
B. HyperRESEARCH: A Softward Tool for Qualitative Data Analysis
C. Secondary Data Analysis
D. How to Use a Statistical Package

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