Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research / Edition 1

Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research / Edition 1

by Janet M. Ruane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631230483

ISBN-13: 9780631230489

Pub. Date: 09/13/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Essentials of Research Methods is a concise and accessible introduction to research methods in the social sciences. Written by an expert of research methods teaching, this book takes extraordinary care to focus the reader on experiences in his or her everyday life as a way of understanding and performing research methods. The logic and techniques of research

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Essentials of Research Methods is a concise and accessible introduction to research methods in the social sciences. Written by an expert of research methods teaching, this book takes extraordinary care to focus the reader on experiences in his or her everyday life as a way of understanding and performing research methods. The logic and techniques of research methods can be daunting and not of obvious use to students of social science, and yet this book clearly and coherently defines the terms and requirements of research methods studies for the inexperienced student.

Covering ethics, data gathering and analysis, and statistics, Essentials of Research Methods makes the “essentials” relevant to our information-dominated society, while exploring the complexities and values of each. With an engaging, reader-friendly style, discussions that appeal across disciplines, and timely examples that are informative and interesting to read, this book is ideal for any student of research methods. Features include further reading lists, graphs, exercises, study questions, and an annotated list of web resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230489
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/13/2004
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

1When should we trust what we know? : why research methods?1
2Ethics : it's the right thing to do16
3Some perfectly valid points : measurement, internal, and external validity32
4Measure by measure : making the abstract concrete47
5If it glitters is it gold? : assessing measures62
6One thing leads to another : causal analysis75
7Designing ideas : research strategies92
8An informative few : sampling104
9Our inquisitive nature : the questionnaire123
10Talking heads : the interview146
11Watch and learn : field research164
12Getting organized : descriptive statistics177
13Beyond description : inferential statistics198

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