Evaluating Information: A Guide for Users of Social Science Research / Edition 4

Evaluating Information: A Guide for Users of Social Science Research / Edition 4

by Jeffrey Katzer, Kenneth H. Cook, Wayne W. Crouch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0070343098

ISBN-13: 9780070343092

Pub. Date: 06/01/1997

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070343092
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE:
HOW DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING?
1. What We Are Trying to Do.
2. Assumptions: What We Believe about How We Know.
SECTION TWO:
DISCOVERY AND COMMUNICATION OF RESEARCH FINDINGS:
WHERE DO ERRORS COME FROM?
3. Observation: Seeing is Not Believing.
4. Communication: Writing Adds Other Problems.
5. Interpretation....And Then You Read It.
SECTION THREE:
THE NATURE OF ERROR:
WHAT KINDS ARE THERE?
6. Bias: A Systematic Error.
7. The Other Type of Error.
SECTION FOUR:
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
8. Subject Matter: What is Being Studied?
9. Measurement: How Does It Size Up?
10. Description: Are the Results Summarized Fairly?
11. Relationships: More Informative, But More Difficult to Understand.
12. Control: Rival Explanations...Is Something Else at Work?
13. Inference: A Real Event...Or Was It Just Luck?
SECTION FIVE:
SHOULD YOU APPLY IT?
14. Generality: Do the Results Apply to You?
(and more...)

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