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Practice of Social Research

Practice of Social Research - 12th edition

ISBN13: 978-0495598411

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Edition/Copyright: 12TH 10
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2010
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Practice of Social Research - 12TH 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-0495598411

Earl R. Babbie

ISBN13: 978-0495598411
ISBN10: 0495598410
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 12TH 10
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2010
International: No
Summary

This thorough revision of Babbie's standard-setting book for the course (known as the "Bible of social research methods") offers students a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research methods as practiced by sociologists and other social scientists. Emphasizing the importance of the research process, the book shows students how social scientists design research studies, introduces the variety of observation modes used by sociologists, and covers the "how-to's" and "whys" of social research methods. Students learn how to conduct various types of research, when it is appropriate to use each method, and how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data.

Author Bio

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including bestseller THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

Table of Contents

PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY.
1. Human Inquiry and Science.
2. Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research.
3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research.
PART II: THE STRUCTURING OF INQUIRY: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
4. Research Design.
5. Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement.
6. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies.
7. The Logic of Sampling.
PART III: MODES OF OPERATION: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
8. Experiments.
9. Survey Research.
10. Qualitative Field Research.
11. Unobtrusive Research.
12. Evaluation Research.
PART IV: ANALYSIS OF DATA: QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE.
13. Qualitative Data Analysis.
14. Quantitative Data Analysis.
15. The Elaboration Model.
16. Statistical Analyses.
17. Reading and Writing Social Research.
Appendix A: Using the Library.
Appendix B: GSS Household Enumeration Questionnaire.
Appendix C: Random Numbers.
Appendix D: Distribution of Chi Square.
Appendix E: Normal Curve Areas.
Appendix F: Estimated Sampling Error.
Appendix G: Twenty Questions a Journalist Should Ask about Poll Results.

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