The Research Imagination: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods / Edition 1

The Research Imagination: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods / Edition 1

by Paul S. Gray, John B. Williamson, David A. Karp, John R. Dalphin
     
 

ISBN-10: 052170555X

ISBN-13: 9780521705554

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The idea that science is a blueprint for research, and imagination gives research its life and purpose inspired this comprehensive explanation of research methodology. The authors’ decades of experience have revealed that research is a craft requiring judgment and creativity, not simply memorization and application of the rules of science. This book covers a

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The idea that science is a blueprint for research, and imagination gives research its life and purpose inspired this comprehensive explanation of research methodology. The authors’ decades of experience have revealed that research is a craft requiring judgment and creativity, not simply memorization and application of the rules of science. This book covers a wide variety of data-collection techniques, but presents them as reinforcing, rather than competing with one another, thus striking a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods and proving an essential resource for instructors and students of sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521705554
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,003,662
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Research process; 2. Theory and method; 3. Research design; 4. Measurement; 5. Ethical and political issues; 6. Sampling; 7. Survey research; 8. Intensive interviewing; 9. Observational field research; 10. Feminist methods; 11. Historical analysis; 12. Experimental research; 13. Content analysis; 14. Aggregate data analysis; 15. Comparative research method; 16. Evaluation research; 17. Indexes and scales; 18. Basic statistical analysis; 19. Multivariate analysis and statistical significance; Epilogue: the value and limits of social science knowledge.

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