Sociological Research Methods

Author: Martin Bulmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351489038

Category: Social Science

Page: 450

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A rich source of ideas about sociological research methods to assist the researcher in determining what method will provide the most reliable and useful knowledge, how to choose between different methodologies, and what constitutes the most fruitful relationship between sociological theories and research methods.
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Research for Social Workers

An Introduction to Methods

Author: Margaret Alston,Wendy Bowles

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415307222

Category: Social Science

Page: 334

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An introduction to research methods specifically needed in social work and social welfare, this text outlines the major stages of research projects, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods.
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Fundamentals of Social Research Methods

An African Perspective

Author: Claire Bless,Craig Higson-Smith,Ashraf Kagee

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9780702171949

Category: Social sciences

Page: 190

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Researchers are continually challenged to find new ways of investigating political, economic and social issues in Africa. This user-friendly, expanded fourth edition of "Social Research Methods" includes new research designs and a comprehensive discussion of research ethics. In this way the book continues to provide an up-to-date and accessible text on social research methods and applications within African contexts. This book spans a broad spectrum and areas of focus include agriculture, public health, community development and regional planning. The material is compatible with the syllabi of social science methods courses in many African training institutions. The text presents clearly and concisely the fundamentals of research methods in a range of social sciences, including sociology, economics, political science, psychology and education. The content is illustrated throughout with actual examples of social research conducted in various African countries. This text has been written for the non-professional researcher and the student of research methods. It will prove invaluable to university students, government administrators, development planners, business managers, social workers, educationists and all those interested in conducting social research, including novices.
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Social Research Methods

Author: Alan Bryman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199588058

Category: Reference

Page: 766

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Text accompanied by a companion web site.
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Introduction to Social Research

Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Author: Keith F Punch

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761944171

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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'Introduction to Social Research' presents the essential elements of both qualitative and quantitative approaches for conducting empirical research in the social sciences.
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Social Research

An Introduction

Author: Matthew David,Carole D Sutton

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847870120

Category: Social Science

Page: 680

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The new edition of David and Sutton's text provides those new to social research with a comprehensive introduction to the theory, logic and practical methods of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. Covering all aspects of research design, data collection, data analysis and writing up, Social Research: An Introduction is the essential companion for all undergraduate and postgraduate students embarking on a methods course or social research project. Designed for social science students with no previous experience, this book provides a balanced foundation in the principles and practices of social research.
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Analyzing Quantitative Data

An Introduction for Social Researchers

Author: Debra Wetcher-Hendricks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118626117

Category: Psychology

Page: 414

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A user-friendly, hands-on guide to recognizing and conductingproper research techniques in data collection Offering a unique approach to numerical research methods,Analyzing Quantitative Data: An Introduction for SocialResearchers presents readers with the necessary statisticalapplications for carrying out the key phases of conducting andevaluating a research project. The book guides readers through thesteps of data analysis, from organizing raw data to utilizingdescriptive statistics and tests of significance, drawing validconclusions, and writing research reports. The author successfullyprovides a presentation that is accessible and hands-on rather thanheavily theoretical, outlining the key quantitative processes andthe use of software to successfully draw valid conclusions fromgathered data. In its discussion of methods for organizing data, the bookincludes suggestions for coding and entry into spreadsheets ordatabases while also introducing commonly used descriptivestatistics and clarifying their roles in data analysis. Next,inferential statistics is explored in-depth with explanations ofand instructions for performing chi-square tests, t-tests, analysesof variance, correlation and regression analyses, and a number ofadvanced statistical procedures. Each chapter contains explanationsof when to use the tests described, relevant formulas, and samplecomputations. The book concludes with guidance on extractingmeaningful conclusions from statistical tests and writing researchreports that describe procedures and analyses. Throughout the book, Statistical Resources for SPSS®sections provide fundamental instruction for using SPSS® toobtain the results presented. Where necessary, the author providesbasic theoretical explanations for distributions and backgroundinformation regarding formulas. Each chapter concludes withpractice problems, and a related website features derivations ofthe book's formulas along with additional resources for performingthe discussed processes. Analyzing Quantitative Data is an excellent book forsocial sciences courses on data analysis and research methods atthe upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as avaluable reference for applied statisticians and practitionersworking in the fields of education, medicine, business and publicservice who analyze, interpret, and evaluate data in their dailywork.
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Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

An Investigative Approach

Author: Mark Balnaves,Peter Caputi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848608640

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods is a student-friendly introduction to quantitative research methods and basic statistics. It uses a detective theme throughout the text and in multimedia courseware to show how quantitative methods have been used to solve real-life problems. The book focuses on principles and techniques that are appropriate to introductory level courses in media, psychology and sociology. Examples and illustrations are drawn from historical and contemporary research in the social sciences. The multimedia courseware provides tutorial work on sampling, basic statistics, and techniques for seeking information from databases and other sources. The statistics modules can be used as either part of a detective games or directly in teaching and learning. Brief video lessons in SPSS, using real datasets, are also a feature of the CD-ROM. Why would you choose Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods - It is theoretical, providing a concise overview of issues of quantitative research. - It is practical, providing case studies that exemplify the different ways of research is conducted in the social sciences (ranging from psychology to sociology, politics and media). - It is educational, providing practical vignettes, and chapter highlights for revision. - It is integrative, producing a typology of different ways of conducting quantitative research methods. - It is international, providing case studies from a range of countries. - It is innovative, providing multimedia tutorials on generic research and statistical skills. - It is clear, concise and accessible.
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An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Social Research

Author: Tim May,Malcolm Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135367167

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This is an accessible introduction to the philosophy of social research which relates philosophical ideas to actual research practice. The book makes effective use of illustrations from the UK, US and Europe to examine specific problems and broader issues. The book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social research methods within sociology, social policy, politics, social psychology, human geography; philosophy of social science and social theory courses; and as a personal reference for professional researchers.
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Media and Communication Research Methods

An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412987776

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 341

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In this new edition, Arthur Asa Berger employs his signature style - a practical focus, the use of numerous examples, a step-by-step approach, and humor - to update and enhance this bestselling introductory text. Combining discussions of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, in a clear and engaging writing style, the book is ideal for beginning research students at both graduate and undergraduate level.
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Introducing Social Research Methods

Essentials for Getting the Edge

Author: Janet M. Ruane

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118874242

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge is a concise and student-friendly introduction to research methods that uses examples from around the world to illustrate the centrality of social science research in our everyday lives. Explains complex, multi-faceted concepts and methodologies in straightforward prose Designed for students who are new to or skeptical of social science research methods as useful tools for approaching real-world challenges Persuasively argues that social scientific proficiency unlocks an array of personal and professional opportunities beyond the realms of academia A supplementary website features a glossary, test bank, Power Point presentations, a comprehensive list of web resources, a guide to relevant TED lectures and much more
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Doing Psychology

An Introduction to Research Methodology and Statistics

Author: Dr S Alexander Haslam,S. Alexander Haslam Craig McGarty,Dr Craig McGarty

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446226872

Category:

Page: 312

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Doing Psychology ... challenges the reader to become active in the development and understanding of psychological research and to be critical in its application. " "Academics will find the text would easily complement the structure of an introductory course. Overall this book is written clearly and concisely, adopting a conversational tone, and utilizes a structure that students can easily follow without the techniques and concepts being oversimplified. " "Doing Psychology is certainly a text well worth considering in introductory courses, or as a refresher text for those who need to revise key techniques. The text would provide students with a good foundation for advanced design and statistics courses' - "Australian Psychologist " Doing Psychology is a sound text with clear and accurate explanations in areas which it covers' - "South African Journal of Psychology " This textbook provides a clear introduction to the principal research methods and statistical procedures that underpin psychological research. The authors build a carefully integrated understanding of the research process from the ground up, and address the many challenges confronting students of psychology - issues surrounding, among other things, research goals, methodological choices and strategy, multiple approaches to statistical inference and ethical controversies. Using words and diagrams rather than numbers and equations, Doing Psychology offers a highly readable guide to how to design, analyze and evaluate experiments and surveys in psychological research. An Instructor's Manual is available upon request.
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Evaluation Research

An Introduction to Principles, Methods and Practice

Author: Alan Clarke

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446202208

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Providing students and practitioners with a comprehensive introduction to evaluation research, this book shows how social research methods and methodologies can be applied in a variety of evaluation contexts. The author: - illustrates the contribution both quantitative and qualitative methods can make to evaluation; - stresses the important part played by theory in the evaluation enterprise; - introduces some of the conceptual, methodological and practical problems encountered when undertaking this type of applied research, especially in the areas of criminal justice, health care and education.
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Perspectives in Social Research Methods and Analysis

A Reader for Sociology

Author: Howard Lune,Enrique S. Pumar,Ross Koppel

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412967392

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

View: 7438

This book shows students the steps involved in the research process, the various strategies for conducting a valid social inquiry, and most importantly, the persuasiveness and elegance of reliable social research. It highlights the link between academic research and the real world. Included are carefully chosen examples of each of the major methodological techniques-survey, interviews, fieldwork observations, experiments, content analysis, secondary analysis and program evaluation. Also included are selections on sampling strategies, research ethics and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
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Appraising and Using Social Research in the Human Services

An Introduction for Social Work and Health Professionals

Author: Michael Sheppard

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781843102892

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This accessible introduction provides social work students and practitioners with the knowledge they need both to evaluate research and to apply it to their own practice. Exploring a range of research methodologies, the author discusses the strengths and limitations of each and shows the reader how to identify the assumptions underlying them.
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Doing Social Research

Author: Leonard Cargan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742577317

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

View: 1884

Doing Social Research is an easy-to-understand guidebook for readers who have little or no knowledge of the social research process. Written in a clear, straightforward style, this book presents the various topics of social research in the outline form of all sociological research articles, providing a concise overview of the most important elements of social research. As an added bonus, synopses of classical studies introduce readers to the early pioneers of social research.
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Sociological Research Methods

Author: Martin Bulmer

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780878558148

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

View: 5383

A rich source of ideas about sociological research methods to assist the researcher in determining what method will provide the most reliable and useful knowledge, how to choose between different methodologies, and what constitutes the most fruitful relationship between sociological theories and research methods.
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