Methods : Doing Social Research

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This text takes a practical, hands-on approach to research. It examines the main contemporary methodological approaches, balancing coverage of qualitative and quantitative research, including examples from the major social science disciplines: sociology, education, anthropology, psychology, and political science. It also provides students with an extensive walk-through of SPSS command procedures (both mainframe and PC versions) in order to complete a first research project. 11 other appendices provide reference on specific aspects of statistics, the Canadian Occupational Prestige Index, ethical guidelines for research, a sample questionnaire, and brief listing of commands for SPSSX and SPSS PC+.
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  • Hardback | 550 pages
  • 177.8 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 1,133.98g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • 013064031X
  • 9780130640314

Table of contents

(NOTE: Most chapters conclude with Key Terms, Key Points, Exercises, and Recommended Readings.) I. PRELIMINARIES. 1. Approaches to Methods. 2. Explaining. II. ALTERNATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS. 3. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. 4. Survey Designs. 5. Field Studies. 6. Non-Reactive Studies. III. STATISTICS. 7. A Statistics Primer. 8. Three Tests of Significance. IV. BEGINNING THE PROJECT. 9. Bias. 10. Ethical Issues. 11. Getting the Project Started. 12. Measurement. 13. Questionnaire Development. 14. Sampling and Sample Size. V. DATA ANALYSIS. 15. Starting the Data Analysis. 16. Testing Simple Causal Models. 17. Three Multivariate Techniques. 18. The Research Report. Appendix A. Analysing Data with SPSSx and SPSS pc+. Appendix B. Areas Under the Normal Curve. Appendix C. Chi-Square Values. Prestige Index. Appendix D. SPSSx Commands in Brief. Appendix E. SPSS PC+ Commands in Brief. Glossary. Index.
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