Need to Know: Social Science Research Methods

Need to Know: Social Science Research Methods

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This accessible, alternative approach to mainstream Research Methods titles is written for students who will need to interpret social research in their careers and, more than likely, have opportunities to do research. The book's focus is on equipping students with the tools both to evaluate research done by others and to do their own research. Exercises in the text help students develop skills and strategies for research, including Internet assignments for finding and evaluating sources. The text provides students with a solid grounding in the relevant aspects of the philosophy of science and thoroughly explains the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0767413172
  • 9780767413176

Table of contents


Chapter 1: Why You Need to Know: An Introduction
Chapter 2: The Nature of the Scientific Enterprise
Chapter 3: The Logic of Inquiry
Chapter 4: The Vocabulary of Science
Chapter 5: Doing the Right Thing--Ethics in Social Research
Chapter 6: Sampling
Chapter 7: Elements of Research Design
Chapter 8: Experiments
Chapter 9: Survey Research--Part 1: The Art of Asking Questions
Chapter 10: Survey Research--Part 2: Design and Implementation
Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Methods
Chapter 12: Qualitative Research Methods

Appendix A: Working on the Internet
Appendix B: Code of Ethics, American Sociological Association
Appendix C: Tables and Figures
Appendix D: Basic Statistics for Social Researchers
Appendix E: Writing Research Reports

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About Lisa J. McIntyre

Lisa J. McIntyre is associate professor in sociology at Washington State University. She received the PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. She is the author of three books including The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute; Law in the Sociological Enterprise and The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology and the editor of The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology. With Marvin Sussman, McIntyre edited Families and Law. An enthusiastic teacher and popular lecturer, McIntyre is a winner of Washington State University's William F. Mullen Teaching Medal and numerous departmental teaching awards. Her central research focus is on how law and social behavior interact.
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