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"First, I would adopt--not just consider--this book. The writing style is direct and easy to follow. The issues are treated in context, with good examples. The authors do a great job of presenting the material in a way that prevents students from asking "how is this relevant to what I do?" I do wish I had written this book myself."
-- Ronald Perry, Arizona State University
"The text's strengths, bottom line, are that it's casual and accessible, yet thorough and accurate. It is very up-to-date using good examples from very contemporary social science research."
-- Mark Edwards, Oregon State University
"The strength of this text is in its brevity. In a one semester course, it is impossible to cover all the topics in a comprehensive text in any depth. I would rather my students learn the fundamentals of doing research -- a few topics in depth. They can then build on this knowledge, if they need to, in order to learn new types of analysis. I also like the types and varieties of exercises included in the text."
--Ann Marie Kinnell, University of Southern Mississippi
Many students approach the subject of social science research methods with a sense of anxiety. It is a dreaded requirement or a means to an end. These students need a more comprehensible than comprehensive approach to research methods. They require a text that is fun to read as well as challenging; relevant to everyday experience as well as a necessary foundation for more advanced courses.
Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation presents an engaging, accessible, and accurate introduction to social research. AuthorsDaniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt present the logic and essential techniques of research methods with a light, readable writing style and without skimping on critical concepts or recent developments. More than a brief derivative of Schutt's widely successful Investigating the Social World, this compelling volume focuses on validity as a unifying concept and supplies an integrated treatment of research ethics and research practices with innovative examples and exercises.
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Intended as a methods text for Sociology, Criminal Justice, Media Studies, Political Science, and Public Administration undergraduate students, Making Sense of the Social World is indispensable reading for anyone who needs a functional understanding of research methods.