Contemporary Social Research Methods Using MicroCase / Edition 3

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Overview

This fully integrated text/workbook/software package lets students experience the challenge and excitement of doing real social research. The textbook provides a highly readable introduction to the fundamental processes and techniques of contemporary research - without the usual overload of obscure terms and rarely used methods. From the beginning of the textbook, discussions of data analysis are integrated with explanations of the research process. In this way, students understand the purpose behind - and the end result of - the techniques they learn. They stay focused on the "big picture." The accompanying workbook, written by Michael Corbett and Lynne Roberts, allows students to receive hands-on training and practical experience in doing social research. This collection of computer-based exercises requires students to think like social scientists. They work through the same questions, problems, and issues that researchers face. Social Research Using MicroCase provides the flexibility for a course, whether it follows a "lecture-and-test" format or includes independent research projects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534581855
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Stark is a renowned scholar and researcher, and is recognized as one of the foremost sociologists working in the field of sociology of religion. Professor Stark has published more than 140 articles and 27 scholarly books that have won numerous awards and acknowledgements, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He is also known as a pioneer in the technology field. He co-founded the MicroCase Corporation, which is now a part of Thomson Wadsworth. With his background in journalism, it isn't surprising that in addition to receiving praise for his unique approach to sociology, he's received praise for having one of the better-written texts on the market.

Michael Corbett received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was professor of Political Science at Ball State University, where he taught courses covering an introduction to Political Science, research methods in Political Science, and public opinion. He was the author of numerous scholarly articles and of several books: POLITICAL TOLERANCE IN AMERICA: FREEDOM AND EQUALITY IN PUBLIC ATTITUDES (New York: Longman, 1982); AMERICAN PUBLIC OPINION: TRENDS, PROCESS, AND PATTERNS (New York: Longman, 1991); SOCIAL RESEARCH USING MICROCASE (co-authored with Lynne Roberts ) (Bellevue, WA: MicroCase Corporation, 1998); and POLITICS AND RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES (co-authored with Julia M. Corbett) (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999). Professor Corbett passed away in November of 2001 after battling cancer. His many years of service to the Research Methods book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

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Table of Contents

1. Concepts and Theories. Doing Social Science. Studying Ourselves. Description and Explanation. Concepts and Indicators. Theories and Hypotheses. A Historical Note: When Social Scientists Went to War. 2. Steps in the Social Scientific Process. Selecting a Topic. Formulating a Research Question. Defining the Concepts. Operationalizing the Concepts. Formulating the Hypotheses. Making the Observations. Analyzing the Data. Assessing the Results. Publishing the Findings. Replication Research. 3. Measurement. Variables and Variation. Variables: Levels of Measurement; Units of Analysis. Aggregate Data and the Ecological Fallacy. The Quality of Measures. A Variety of Measures. 4. Censuses and Samples. Censuses. Samples. Selecting Random Samples. Selecting Stratified Random Samples. Sampling Elusive Subgroups. Bias. Weighting. Random/Quota Samples. 5. Causation and Causal Models. Causes. Criteria of Causation. Causal Models. Interpreting Regression Models. Comparing Models. Using Categorical Variables. Dichotomous Dependent Variables. 6. Basic Research Designs. The Experiment. Survey Research. Field Research. Aggregate or Comparative Research. Content Analysis. Studying Change. 7. Survey Research. Simple and Proportional Facts. Reliability. Validity: Attitudes and Behavior. Interviews or Questionnaires. Measuring Concepts with Survey Questions. Item Order. Response Bias. Interviewing Guidelines. Nonresponse. Studying Change. Data Archives. Ethical Concerns. 8. Comparative Research - Using Aggregate Units. Rates and Bases. Reliability. Validity. Selecting Cases. Analyzing Aggregate Data. Studying Change. Ethical Concerns. Data Sources. 9. Field Research. Reliability. Validity. Selecting Topics and Sites. Entering the Field. Observation. Interviewing in the Field. Field Notes. Studying Change. Ethical Concerns. 10. Experimental Research. Experimental Settings. Reliability. Measurement Validity. Assessing Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Designs. The Fallacy of Unmanipulated "Causes". External Validity. Studying Change. Ethical Concerns. 11. Content Analysis and Other Unobtrusive Techniques. Unobtrusive Measurement. Content Analysis. Reliability. Validity. Selecting Units and Cases. Constructing Coding Schemes. Studying Change. Ethical Concerns. Appendix A. Writing the Research Report. Glossary.

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