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Methods of Social Research

Methods of Social Research - 01 edition

Methods of Social Research - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780155074637

ISBN10: 0155074636

Methods of Social Research by Thomas J. Sullivan - ISBN 9780155074637
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
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Methods of Social Research by Thomas J. Sullivan - ISBN 9780155074637

ISBN13: 9780155074637

ISBN10: 0155074636

Edition: 01

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Summary

A comprehensive introduction to the research methods used in sociology and other social sciences, METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH explores the rules and procedures that social scientists use in designing research projects and in assessing information and drawing conclusions. Balancing coverage of basic and applied social science research and qualitative and quantitative approaches, students learn to participate in the design of research projects, critically analyze research reports and identify their strengths and weaknesses, and assess the legitimacy of their conclusions.

Part I of the book introduces the topic of social research. Part II of the book describes two critical issues in research, measurement and sampling. Part III describes the most commonly used research designs in the social sciences. Part IV focuses on data analysis, deriving some meaning from the observations that were made during the research process. Part V of the book deals with how research findings are used.

Author Bio

Sullivan, Thomas J. : Northern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

PART I: SHAPING A RESEARCH PROBLEM.

1. Introduction to Social Research.
2. Concepts, Hypotheses, and Theories in Research.
3. Ethical Issues in Social Research
4. Problem Formulation and Research Design Development.

PART II: MEASUREMENT AND SAMPLING.

5. The Process of Measurement.
6. Constructing Questions, Indexes, and Scales.
7. Sampling.

PART III: COMMON RESEARCH DESIGNS.

8. Experimental Research .
9. Survey Research.
10. Unobtrusive and Available Data Research.
11. Field Research and Qualitative Methods.
12. Evaluation Research.

PART IV: DATA PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS.

13. Data Preparation And Presentation.
14. Descriptive And Inferential Statistics.
15. Analysis of Qualitative Data.

PART V: PUTTING RESEARCH FINDINGS TO USE.

16. Research Grant Proposals and Report Writing.
17. Applications of Social Research.

Appendix A: Guide to the Library.
Appendix B: Generating Random Numbers.
Glossary.
References.
Name Index.
Subject Index.