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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070343092
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne W. Crouch is Principal at Crouch Associates, a management consulting firm in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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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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Introduction


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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