Contemporary Social Research Methods Using MicroCase / Edition 3

Contemporary Social Research Methods Using MicroCase / Edition 3

by Rodney Stark, Lynne Roberts, Michael Corbett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0534581854

ISBN-13: 9780534581855

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Cengage Learning

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,

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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:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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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