Research Design in Social Research / Edition 1

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Overview

'With this book David de Vaus has written one of the best general research methods textbooks around. The use of different types of research design as the point of departure is a different and very helpful approach to take, especially since many textbooks confuse issues of method and design. The author outlines with great clarity a wide variety of issues, including testing theories, causation, data analysis, and the main considerations involved in using the different research designs covered. Both students and their instructors will find this an extremely valuable, well-written book' - Professor Alan Bryman, University of Loughborough

This book is intended to show social science students the importance of attending to design issues when undertaking social research. One of the main problems in doing practical research is that design and structure are inappropriate for the uses of research. They often do not support the conclusions that are drawn from it. Several research methods books focus on data collection strategy and statistical analysis. While these issues are pertinent, this book argues that the core of research methods is the structure and design of the research. The book:

  • Provides students with a clear understanding of the importance of research design and its place in the research process.
  • Describes the main types of research designs in social research.
  • Explains the logic and purposes of design to enable students to evaluate particular research strategies
  • Equips students with the design skills to operate in real world research situations

The book is divided into five parts. Part One explores issues about types of research, research concepts, research questions, causality and basic issues in the design process. The remaining four parts focus on different types of research design. Experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional and case-study methods are clearly and systematically examined, and their strengths and weaknesses are described.

The result is a one-stop critical guide to design in social research that students and researchers will find invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761953470
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Research Methods Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 715,674
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David De Vaus is Associate Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is the author of Surveys in Social Research and Research Design in Social Research. He is an international authority in the field of social research.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: WHAT IS RESEARCH DESIGN?
The Context of Design
Tools for Research Design
Causation and the Logic of Research Design
PART TWO: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS
Types of Experimental Design
Issues in Experimental Design
Analyzing Experimental Data
PART THREE: LONGITUDINAL DESIGNS
Types of Longitudinal Design
Issues in Longitudinal Design
Data Analysis in Longitudinal Design
PART FOUR: CROSS-SECTIONAL DESIGNS
Cross-Sectional Design
Issues in Cross-Sectional Design
Cross-Sectional Analysis
PART FIVE: CASE STUDY DESIGNS
Case Study Design
Issues in Case Study Design
Case Study Analysis

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