Essentials of Research Methods

A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Janet M. Ruane

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9780631230496

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 8028

DOWNLOAD NOW »

This is a text for introductory research methods courses, as required in several social science majors. Students taking this course are often resistant to the subject matter, and this text tackles this resistance by focusing the reader on experiences in their everyday lives.
Release

A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Rwegoshora, Hossea M. M.

Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers

ISBN: 9987449174

Category: Social Science

Page: 394

View: 1897

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Conducting social research requires an understanding of the general theories and principles of social science research. Such knowledge is essential for both social science students and all those undertaking research, evaluating, and designing different intervention strategies to existing social problems. The book is organized around seven main themes, namely: science; logic and objectivity in the social sciences; conceptualization, design and problem definition; types of social science research; sampling and research instruments; data processing and analysis; and theory building and presentation of research findings. Each chapter is treated at length, including illustrative examples from the literature and providing data from the author's own research experience, specifically drawing examples from a variety of Tanzanian social settings. Since the first edition of this book there has been an unprecedented rise of sophistication and diversification in the realm of social science research. The challenges, which continue to face researchers, include paradigmatic allegiances to definitional issues and sometimes lack of consensus about the standards of quality (in particular in qualitative research). This second edition, with suggestions from readers and peers, has been expanded to be more comprehensive, specifically developing practical aspects to facilitate students in the process of data collection, the role of hypotheses in the research process, and qualitative research.
Release

Evaluating information

a guide for users of social science research

Author: Jeffrey Katzer,Kenneth H. Cook,Wayne W. Crouch

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 297

View: 6354

DOWNLOAD NOW »

This book introduces students to social science research from the consumer’s point of view. The authors believe that while social science may not require that every student of the discipline will have to conduct research studies, it is still essential for students to successfully read, understand and evaluate the research published in their field. To that end, the authors of this text have streamlined their narrative, omitting the burden of technical jargon, and focusing on the broad elements common to all kinds of social science research, such as experimental, survey, and case study. Questions to Ask, found at the end of each chapter, highlight the specific criteria to consider when evaluating research and offer a clear and accessible presentation of the general principles in social science research.
Release

Developing research questions

a guide for social scientists

Author: Patrick White

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9781403998156

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 955

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Undertaking a research project is a crucial, but often overwhelming aspect of any social sciences degree, and selecting a research question can be one of the toughest parts of the process. What makes an appropriate topic for research? How do you transform an idea into a 'researchable' question? And, once you've got a question, where do you go from there? Developing Research Questions steers readers through the complex process of starting a research project. The book explains how to break down initial ideas from broad topics into appropriate research questions, and gives detailed guidance on how to refine questions as the research project develops. Each chapter is packed with handy hints, tips and examples that show how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in the research process. Linking hypotheses and questions with research design and methods at every step, this text takes readers from the start through to the final stage of answering their questions and drawing conclusions. This is a no-fuss, practical guide to forming your own research question. It is an indispensable resource for social scientists carrying out research projects at all levels.
Release

Qualitative Research Practice

A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers

Author: Jane Ritchie,Jane Lewis,Professor of Social Policy Jane Lewis,Carol McNaughton Nicholls,Rachel Ormston

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446296202

Category: Reference

Page: 456

View: 6166

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Why use qualitative methods? What kinds of questions can qualitative methods help you answer? How do you actually do rigorous and reflective qualitative research in the real world? Written by a team of leading researchers associated with NatCen Social Research (the National Centre for Social Research) this textbook leads students and researchers through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting. In this fully revised second edition you will find: A practical account of how to carry out qualitative research which recognises a range of current approaches and applications A brand new chapter on ethics A brand new chapter on observational research Updated advice on using software when analysing your qualitative data New case studies which illustrate issues you may encounter and how problems have been tackled by other researchers. This book is an ideal guide for students, practitioners and researchers faced with the challenges of doing qualitative research in both applied and academic settings in messy real-life contexts.
Release

Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

A Guide to New Approaches

Author: Elinor Scarbrough,Eric Tanenbaum

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198292388

Category: Political Science

Page: 316

View: 1953

DOWNLOAD NOW »

In this volume, a team of experts sets out various analytic tools available to social scientists from social science methodology. It guides them through the maze of advanced techniques applicable across the range of the social sciences.
Release

First Steps

A Guide to Social Research

Author: Michael Del Balso,Alan David Lewis

Publisher: Nelson

ISBN: 9780176416621

Category: Social sciences

Page: 306

View: 8195

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Release

Intelligent Research Design

A Guide for Beginning Researchers in the Social Sciences

Author: Bob Hancké

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199570787

Category: Psychology

Page: 142

View: 2026

DOWNLOAD NOW »

This book offers advice to beginning doctoral researchers and advanced graduate students on how to embark on their research. Based on a decade of teaching early-stage researchers in the social sciences at the LSE and other universities, and written with the central problems that starting researchers face in mind, it guides them through the process of thinking about the links between theory, cases and data. This lively book, which is deliberately kept jargon-freeand adopts a hands-on approach to research design, addresses the problems that research students face - or ignore, often at their peril - in the course of their first few years. Its central message is that research is a complex and iterative process in which researchers construct every relevant partof their project with one goal in mind: make a convincing argument. The Appendix gives tips on presenting and discussing papers, and on crafting research proposals.
Release

Research Methodology: A Guide for Researchers In Agricultural Science, Social Science and Other Related Fields

Author: Pradip Kumar Sahu

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 8132210204

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 432

View: 8196

DOWNLOAD NOW »

This book is the outcome of more than 20 years of experience of the author in teaching and research field. The wider scope and coverage of the book will help not only the students/ researchers/professionals in the field of agriculture and allied disciplines, but also the researchers and practitioners in other fields. Written in simple and lucid language, the book would appeal to all those who are meant to be benefitted out of it. All efforts have been made to present "RESEARCH", its meaning, intention and usefulness. The book reflects current methodological techniques used in interdisciplinary research, as illustrated with many relevant worked out examples. Designing of research programme, selection of variables, collection of data and their analysis to interpret the data are discussed extensively. Statistical tools are complemented with real-life examples, making the otherwise complicated subject like statistics seem simpler. Attempts have been made to demonstrate how a user can solve the problems using simple computer-oriented programme. Emphasis is placed not only on solving the problems in various fields but also on drawing inferences from the problems. The importance of instruments and computers in research processes and statistical analyses along with their misuse/incorrect use is also discussed to make the user aware about the correct use of specific technique. In all the chapters, theories are combined with examples, and steps are enumerated to follow the correct use of the available packages like MSEXCELL, SPSS, SPAR1, SAS etc. Utmost care has been taken to present varied range of research problems along with their solutions in agriculture and allied fields which would be of immense use to readers.
Release