Social Research Methods

Social Research Methods

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Offering an interdisciplinary balance between experimental and nonexperimental methods, this text organizes material around the core concept of validity, and incorporates a level of self-contained coverage on statistics. Topics discussed include: Needleman's work on the effect of lead on IQ; measuring reliability by kappa coefficient; recent measures such as MMPI-2 and PET; the Literary Digest Poll; new examples of inferential problems with correlational designs; qualitative methods and the ethics of unobtrusive research; meta-analytic review; and evaluation methods and the uses of evaluations to influence law and social policy.show more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 184 x 236 x 26mm | 698.53g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 3rd edition
  • 0131261614
  • 9780131261617

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: STATISTICS REVIEW. References. Glossary Index. Name Index. Subject Index.show more

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