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: 0631230491

ISBN-13: 9780631230496

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

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. Introduces students to research methods

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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. Introduces students to research methods with clear, concise, and accessible prose. Focuses the reader on everyday life as a way to understand research methods. Covers ethics, data gathering and analysis, and statistics. Includes further reading lists, graphs, exercises, study questions, a glossary, and an annotated list of web resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230496
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
446,760
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. When Should We Trust What We Know? Why Research Methods?.

2. Ethics: It’s the Right Thing To Do.

3. Some Perfectly Valid Points: Measurement, Internal, and External Validity.

4. Measure By Measure—Making the Abstract Concrete.

5. If It Glitters Is It Gold? Assessing Measures.

6. One Thing Leads to Another: Causal Analysis.

7. Designing Ideas: Research Strategies.

8. An Informative Few:Sampling.

9. Our Inquisitive Nature: The Questionnaire.

10. Talking Heads: The Interview.

11. Watch and Learn: Field Research.

12. Getting Organized: Descriptive Statistics.

13. Beyond Description: Inferential Statistics.

References.

Web Resources.

Index

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