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.