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Approaches to Social Research

Approaches to Social Research - 3rd edition

Approaches to Social Research - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780195105254

ISBN10: 0195105257

Approaches to Social Research by Royce A. Singleton and Bruce C. Straits - ISBN 9780195105254
Edition: 3RD 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
International: No
Approaches to Social Research by Royce A. Singleton and Bruce C. Straits - ISBN 9780195105254

ISBN13: 9780195105254

ISBN10: 0195105257

Edition: 3RD 99

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Ideal for introductory methods courses as well as for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, Approaches to Social Research strikes an important balance between specific techniques and the underlying logic of social inquiry - the how-to and wherefore of research. The authors provide a balanced treatment of the four major approaches to research - experimentation, survey research, field research, and the use of available data - bringing the material to life with numerous examples drawn from both classic and current research. While advocating a multiple-methods strategy that treats the approaches as complementary rather than as mutually exclusive, it furnishes a detailed account of the process as well as the advantages and disadvantages of carrying out research with each approach. Extensive substantive examples and a clear exposition make complex issues accessible to students with no background in social research.

Author Bio

Singleton, Royce A. Jr. : College of the Holy Cross

Straits, Bruce C. : University of California-Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

I. Scientific and Logical Foundations of Science

2. The Nature of Science
3. The Logic of Scientific Reasoning

II. Research Design

4. Elements of Research Design
5. Measurement
6. Sampling

III. Methods of Data Collection

7. Experimentation
8. Experimental Designs
9. Survey Research
10. Survey Instrumentation
11. Field Research
12. Research Using Available Data
13. Multiple Methods
14. Evaluation Research

IV. Data Processing, Analysis, and Interpretation

15. Data Processing and Elementary Data Analysis
16. Multivariate Analysis
17. Research Ethics
18. Writing Research Reports

Names Index
Subject Index