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Social Research Methods - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0139554285

Cover of Social Research Methods 4TH 01 (ISBN 978-0139554285)
ISBN13: 978-0139554285
ISBN10: 0139554289
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 4TH 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No

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Social Research Methods - 4TH 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0139554285

David Dooley

ISBN13: 978-0139554285
ISBN10: 0139554289
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 4TH 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

This book presents a balanced presentation of research methods across disciplinary boundaries--both psychological and sociological, laboratory experiments and survey methods, quantitative and qualitative techniques. It offers a coherent, organizing theme, in this case, that of validity in its various guises-internal, external, inferential statistical, and measurement construct. The organizing theme is validity--the extent to which the researcher's conclusion can be judged credible. Validity is broken down into several components each of which is developed in one or more chapters including construct validity (both measurement and experimental), statistical inference validity, internal validity, and external validity. These validity types are then revisited as appropriate in the treatments of the several basic research approaches--true experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, and qualitative. Ideal for professionals belonging to various psychological or sociological association or anyone interested in review or updating their current knowledge.

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL RESEARCH.

1. The Logic of Social Research: Ruling Out Rival Hypotheses.
2. Ethics: Protecting Human Subjects and Research Integrity.
3. Finding, Using, and Writing Research Reports: Library Usage and Report Style.

II. THEORY AND MEASUREMENT (CONSTRUCT VALIDITY).

4. Theory: Tentative Explanations.
5. Measurement Theory: Toward Validity and Reliability.
6. Types of Measures: Finding and Using Them.

III. SAMPLING: SURVEYS AND INFERENCE (STATISTICAL INFERENCE VALIDITY).

7. Survey Data Collection: Issues and Methods in Sample Surveys.
8. Inferential Statistics: Drawing Valid Conclusions from Samples.

IV. EXPERIMENTAL AND NONEXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL VALIDITY).

9. Designing Research for Internal Validity.
10. True Experimentation: External Validity and Experimental Construct Validity.
11. Quasi-Experimentation: When Multiple Groups and Random Assignment Are Not Possible.
12. Correlational Methods: Controlling Rival Explanations Statistically.
13. Qualitative Research: Participant Observation.

V. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS.

14. Interpreting Research: Overview of Research Design and Review Methods.
15. Applied Social Research.

Appendix A: Social Research and the Internet.
Appendix B: Statistics Review.
Glossary.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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