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

Making Sense of the Social World : Methods of Investigation / With CD (ISBN10: 0761987878; ISBN13: 9780761987871)
ISBN13: 978-0761987871
ISBN10: 0761987878

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 ...show more 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.
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Edition/Copyright: 03
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 04/28/2003
International: No

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