The SAGE Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

Author: W. Paul Vogt,R. Burke Johnson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483381781

Category: Reference

Page: 520

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Written in a clear, readable style with a wide range of explanations and examples, The SAGE Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology, Fifth Edition by W. Paul Vogt and R. Burke Johnson is a must-have dictionary that reflects recent changes in the fields of statistics and methodology. Packed with 500 new definitions, terms, and graphics, the Fifth Edition is an ideal reference for researchers and professionals in the field and provides everything students need to read and understand a research report, including elementary terms, concepts, methodology, and design definitions, as well as concepts from qualitative research methods and terms from theory and philosophy.
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Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

Author: W. Paul Vogt,R. Burke Johnson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412971098

Category: Reference

Page: 437

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Written in a clear, readable style with a wide range of explanations and examples, the Fourth Edition of this must-have reference guide has been updated throughout to reflect recent changes in the fields of statistics and methodology. Packed with new terms, synonyms, and graphics, this best-selling dictionary provides readers with everything they need to read and understand a research report, including elementary terms and concepts and methodology and design definitions, as well as concepts from qualitative research methods and terms from theory and philosophy.
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Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

Author: W. Paul Vogt

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761988557

Category: Social Science

Page: 355

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A complete sourcebook of simple definitions & explanations of statistical & statistics-related concepts, this book is aimed at providing students with access to the methodological skills of social science research.
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Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement

Author: Delbert C. Miller,Neil J. Salkind

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761920465

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 786

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"If a student researcher had only one handbook on their bookshelf, Miller and Salkind's Handbook would certainly have to be it. With the updated material, the addition of the section on ethical issues (which is so well done that I'm recommending it to the departmental representative to the university IRB), and a new Part 4 on "Qualitative Methods", the new Handbook is an indispensable resource for researchers." Dan Cover, Department of Sociology, Furman University The book considered a "necessity" by many social science researchers and their students has been revised and updated while retaining the features that made it so useful. The emphasis in this new edition is on the tools with which graduate students and more advanced researchers need to become familiar as well as be able to use in order to conduct high quality research.
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Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish

Author: Ellen R. Girden,Robert Kabacoff

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412974461

Category: Education

Page: 399

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This thoroughly updated new edition of the bestselling text trains students to critically read a research article from start to finish. Containing twenty-five engaging articles of both ideal and flawed research, it discusses how to assess them in terms of soundness of the design and appropriateness of the statistical analyses.
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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-stressed Families

Author: William C. Madsen

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 159385434X

Category: Psychology

Page: 388

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Thoroughly revised and expanded, the second edition of this successful text and professional resource offers an alternative approach to thinking about and working with 'difficult' families. From a nonpathologizing stance, William C. Madsen demonstrates creative ways to help family members shift their relationship to longstanding problems; envision desired lives; and develop more proactive coping strategies. The second edition has been thoroughly updated with practice innovations and many new case illustrations. New appendices provide outlines for crafting collaborative assessments, therapy contracts, and other documentation that enhances accountability while also engaging clients and eliciting their strengths. Anyone working with families in crisis, especially in settings where time and resources are scarce, will gain valuable insights and tools from this book.
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Understanding Political Science Research Methods

The Challenge of Inference

Author: Maryann Barakso,Daniel M. Sabet,Brian Schaffner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136622381

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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This text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research—the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phenomena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others. The authors' primary goal is to teach students to critically evaluate their own research designs and others’ and analyze the extent to which they overcome the classic challenges to making inference: internal and external validity concerns, omitted variable bias, endogeneity, measurement, sampling, and case selection errors, and poor research questions or theory. As such, students will not only be better able to conduct political science research, but they will also be more savvy consumers of the constant flow of causal assertions that they confront in scholarship, in the media, and in conversations with others. Three themes run through Barakso, Sabet, and Schaffner’s text: minimizing classic research problems to making valid inferences, effective presentation of research results, and the nonlinear nature of the research process. Throughout their academic years and later in their professional careers, students will need to effectively convey various bits of information. Presentation skills gleaned from this text will benefit students for a lifetime, whether they continue in academia or in a professional career. Several distinctive features make this book noteworthy: A common set of examples threaded throughout the text give students a common ground across chapters and expose them to a broad range of subfields in the discipline. Box features throughout the book illustrate the nonlinear, "non-textbook" reality of research, demonstrate the often false inferences and poor social science in the way the popular press covers politics, and encourage students to think about ethical issues at various stages of the research process.
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Assessing Performance

Designing, Scoring, and Validating Performance Tasks

Author: Robert L. Johnson,James A. Penny,Belita Gordon

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606237446

Category: Education

Page: 355

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A comprehensive resource for assessment practitioners, this book provides step-by-step guidance for developing, administering, scoring, and validating a range of performance tasks, including literacy and other types of proficiency assessments. The authors explore how to establish the purpose of the assessment and how to develop scoring tools, train raters, reduce rater bias, review scores and report results, and use item-level and test-level analyses to optimize reliability and validity. Clearly written and well organized, the book includes many practical examples and accessible explanations of concepts and statistical procedures. It encompasses the breadth of applications of performance assessment today, from educational testing and the credentialing of professionals to research and program evaluation. User-friendly features include: *Checklists of activities to complete at each stage of a performance assessment *End-of-chapter questions to facilitate self-study *Annotated suggestions for further reading *A quick-reference glossary of terms *Examples drawn from multiple educational and professional licensure contexts
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Advocacy Practice for Social Justice

Author: Richard Hoefer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190615656

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Current economic and social forces are creating a society with less equality, justice and opportunity for all but the privileged few. Social workers are called upon by their code of ethics to counteract these trends and actively work to achieve social justice. Hoefer's empirically-based, step-by-step approach demonstrates how to integrate advocacy for social justice into everyday social work practice. The book shows through anecdotes, case studies, examples, and the author's own personal experiences, exactly how advocacy can be conducted with successful outcomes. Each chapter builds upon the previous to provide a concise yet detailed blueprint for conducting successful advocacy. The previous two editions of this book have been used and admired by professors and students alike. Students value its clarity and praise the book for opening their eyes to what they often believed was "the scary and bad" world of politics and policy. After reading the book, they are motivated to become advocates for social justice because they understand how to do so. If you want to empower your students to effect changes in laws, regulations, and other types of policy at all levels, you will find this text the perfect resource to do so.
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Educational Research

Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches

Author: R. Burke Johnson,Larry Christensen

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483391620

Category: Education

Page: 744

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Assuming no prior knowledge, Educational Research by R. Burke Johnson and Larry Christensen offers a comprehensive, easily digestible introductory research methods text for undergraduate and graduate students. Readers will develop an understanding of the multiple research methods and strategies used in education and related fields; how to read and critically evaluate published research; and the ability to write a proposal, construct a questionnaire, and conduct an empirical research study on their own. Students rave about the clarity of this best seller and its usefulness for their studies, enabling them to become critical consumers and users of research.
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Research Methods for Social Work

Author: Allen Rubin,Earl Babbie

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495811718

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

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Widely considered the best text for the course, RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK, Seventh Edition strikes an optimal balance of quantitative and qualitative research techniques--illustrating how the two methods complement one another. Allen Rubin and Earl R. Babbie’s classic bestseller is acclaimed for its depth and breadth of coverage as well as the authors’ clear and often humorous writing style. Combining a rigorous and comprehensive presentation of all aspects of the research endeavor with a thoroughly reader-friendly approach helps students overcome the fear-factor often associated with this course. Relevant examples from real-world settings consistently help students see the connections between research and social work practice. In response to the move toward teaching evidence-based practice throughout the curriculum, the new edition also enhances coverage of evidence-based practice as well as keeps the text in line with other accreditation requirements based on the recently revised EPAS guidelines. Comprehensive, friendly, accurate, and integrating the best of technology, RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK, 7e is an excellent text that can be used across undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels of study. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Author: Frank E. Hagan

Publisher: Pearson

ISBN: 9780134558912

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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For courses in Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology Teaches research fundamentals with a grounded, real-world approach Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Tenth Edition, teaches contemporary research methods using examples of real criminological and criminal justice studies to illustrate concepts and techniques. Hagan's best-selling approach familiarizes students with examples of research in the field as they learn fundamental research skills. The text emphasizes sources and resources of classic and contemporary research in the field and helps students and professionals better understand the extensive diversity of research available and in progress in criminal justice. The logical organization carries students through the sequence of the research process, but is flexible enough to allow instructors to customize the text to suit their courses. The Tenth Edition brings the text up to date with the most recent developments and research in the field.
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Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals

Author: W. Paul Vogt

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205359134

Category: Education

Page: 334

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This concise text discusses a wide range of quantitative research methods, including advanced techniques such as logic regression, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Because the text emphasizes concepts rather than mathematics and computational formulas, it is accessible to a wide range of research users, Professional practitioners in areas such as education, business, social work, and psychology gain an understanding of research methods, enabling them to interpret advanced research in their fields. Features: -Accessibility to readers of any level, including those with no mathematics beyond elementary arithmetic and a limited background in research methods and statistics, as text discusses advanced methods with ease. -Three part organization-The Basics, Advanced Methods, and Specialized Applications-provides instructors the flexibility to choose among advanced techniques and specialized applications. -Real data is used to illustrate and compare the uses of analytic techniques. Students are provided with the data sets so they can use a statistical package to try out the techniques on their own. -Integrated discussions of design and measurement as well as analysis provide students with a complete picture of the entire research process. -Helpful and thoughtful discussion questions help instructors and students probe subjects more deeply and apply the chapters' concepts to topics of particular interest to them. -An informative self-test comprised of multiple-choice and true-false questions concludes each chapter. -An online Instructor's Manual contains discussion of self-test questions and their answers, as well as hundreds of additional field-tested test questions that instructors may use for their examinations. Package this text with [ MyLabSchool Logo ] and Research Navigator-a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!
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Introducing LISREL

A Guide for the Uninitiated

Author: Adamantios Diamantopoulos,Judy A. Siguaw

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446276252

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Introducing Lisrel provides a comprehensive introduction to Lisrel for structural equation modeling using a non-technical, user-friendly approach. It shows the major steps associated with the formulation and testing of a model.
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Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators

A Practical Guide

Author: Masami Nishishiba,Matthew Jones,Mariah Kraner

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483321460

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 3480

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, core text that thoroughly prepares readers to apply research methods and data analysis to the professional environments of public and non-profit administration. The authors expertly incorporate original case examples to demonstrate concepts using “real actors,” facing specific scenarios, in which research methods must be applied. This unique approach—presented in language accessible to both students new to research as well as current practitioners—guides the reader in fully understanding the research options detailed throughout the text.
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Data Collection and Analysis

Author: Roger Sapsford,Victor Jupp

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761943631

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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In simple and non-technical terms, this text illustrates a wide range of techniques and approaches used in social research projects.
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Applied Meta-Analysis for Social Science Research

Author: Noel A. Card

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462525008

Category: Psychology

Page: 377

View: 2696

Offering pragmatic guidance for planning and conducting a meta-analytic review, this book is written in an engaging, nontechnical style that makes it ideal for graduate course use or self-study. The author shows how to identify questions that can be answered using meta-analysis, retrieve both published and unpublished studies, create a coding manual, use traditional and unique effect size indices, and write a meta-analytic review. An ongoing example illustrates meta-analytic techniques. In addition to the fundamentals, the book discusses more advanced topics, such as artifact correction, random- and mixed-effects models, structural equation representations, and multivariate procedures. User-friendly features include annotated equations; discussions of alternative approaches; and "Practical Matters" sections that give advice on topics not often discussed in other books, such as linking meta-analytic results with theory and the utility of meta-analysis software programs. ÿ
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Research Methodology

A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Author: Ranjit Kumar

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446297829

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Lecturers - request an e-inspection copy of this text or contact your local SAGE representative to discuss your course needs. Research Methodology: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners has been written specifically for those with no previous experience of research or research methodology. Written in a logical and accessible style and providing helpful techniques and examples, it breaks the process of designing and doing a research project into eight manageable operational steps. The book guides you through your project from beginning to end by offering practical advice on: formulating a research question ethical considerations carrying out a literature review choosing a research design selecting a sample collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data writing a research report. The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences embarking on quantitative or qualitative research projects. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.
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IBM SPSS for Intermediate Statistics

Use and Interpretation, Fifth Edition

Author: Nancy L. Leech,Karen C. Barrett,George A. Morgan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136334939

Category: Psychology

Page: 382

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Designed to help readers analyze and interpret research data using IBM SPSS, this user-friendly book shows readers how to choose the appropriate statistic based on the design; perform intermediate statistics, including multivariate statistics; interpret output; and write about the results. The book reviews research designs and how to assess the accuracy and reliability of data; how to determine whether data meet the assumptions of statistical tests; how to calculate and interpret effect sizes for intermediate statistics, including odds ratios for logistic analysis; how to compute and interpret post-hoc power; and an overview of basic statistics for those who need a review. Unique chapters on multilevel linear modeling; multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA); assessing reliability of data; multiple imputation; mediation, moderation, and canonical correlation; and factor analysis are provided. SPSS syntax with output is included for those who prefer this format. The new edition features: • IBM SPSS version 22; although the book can be used with most older and newer versions • New discusiion of intraclass correlations (Ch. 3) • Expanded discussion of effect sizes that includes confidence intervals of effect sizes (ch.5) • New information on part and partial correlations and how they are interpreted and a new discussion on backward elimination, another useful multiple regression method (Ch. 6) • New chapter on how to use a variable as a mediator or a moderator (ch. 7) • Revised chapter on multilevel and hierarchical linear modeling (ch. 12) • A new chapter (ch. 13) on multiple imputation that demonstrates how to deal with missing data • Updated web resources for instructors including PowerPoint slides and answers to interpretation questions and extra problems and for students, data sets, chapter outlines, and study guides. IBM SPSS for Intermediate Statistics, Fifth Edition provides helpful teaching tools: • all of the key SPSS windows needed to perform the analyses • outputs with call-out boxes to highlight key points • interpretation sections and questions to help students better understand and interpret the output • extra problems with realistic data sets for practice using intermediate statistics • Appendices on how to get started with SPSS, write research questions, and basic statistics. An ideal supplement for courses in either intermediate/advanced statistics or research methods taught in departments of psychology, education, and other social, behavioral, and health sciences. This book is also appreciated by researchers in these areas looking for a handy reference for SPSS
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