Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research / Edition 7

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A student-friendly textbook that introduces the most cutting-edge research methods applied to engaging social issues

In this new Seventh Edition of his perennially successful social research text, author Russell K. Schutt, an award-winning researcher and teacher, continues to make research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter. Through numerous examples and hands-on exercises that help students learn by doing, Investigating the Social World, Seventh Edition helps readers understand research methods as an integrated whole. Readers will learn to appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and understand the need to make ethical research decisions, while also learning about contemporary social issues like homelessness, drug abuse, disasters, and the effects of social networking on interpersonal relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412999809
  • Publisher: Sage Publications (CA)
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 124,477
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell K. Schutt, Ph D, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and lecturer on sociology in the department of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical Center. He received his BA, MA, and Ph D from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH-funded Sociology of Social Control program at Yale University. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (SAGE), his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Organization in a Changing Environment (SUNY Press). Dr. Schutt’s peer-reviewed publications range in focus from the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, and functioning to the service preferences of homeless persons and service personnel and the social factors in legal decisions. His research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, and state and local agencies, has included a randomized trial of housing options for homeless mentally ill persons, a randomized trial of a peer support program for dually diagnosed veterans, an evaluation of a state-level comprehensive care program, an evaluation of a youth violence reduction program, and a test of a program to improve community health workers’ knowledge of cancer clinical trials. He is a past recipient of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service.

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Table of Contents

Science, Society, and Social Research
The Process and Problems of Social Research
Research Ethics and Philosophies
Conceptualization and Measurement
Research Design and Causation
Survey Research
Qualitative Methods
Qualitative Data Analysis
Evaluation and Policy Research
Historical and Comparative Research
Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Summarizing and Reporting Research
Appendix A: Summaries of Frequently Cited Research Articles
Appendix B: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix C: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix D: Table of Random Numbers
Appendix E: How to Use a Statistical Package
Appendix F: Annotated List of Web Sites

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