Research Methods and Communication in the Social Sciences

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This work was developed for graduate students, professors, and others involved in research in the social sciences. This practical work emphasizes that science is more than an organized body of knowledge. It is a method of reasoned thinking that manages the research process and the reporting of reliable knowledge. The work goes through the steps of identifying and stating a problem, formulating and stating an hypothesis, developing and conducting analysis, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions.

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An overview of research methods on the social sciences, emphasizing managing the research process and reporting reliable results, for graduate students, professors, and researchers. Outlines research basics such as identifying and stating a problem, formulating a hypothesis, conducting analysis, and interpreting conclusions. Includes guidelines for preparing research grant proposals and sample proposals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949303
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

TESFA G. GEBREMEDHIN is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Division of Resource Management at West Virginia University.

LUTHER G. TWEETEN is the Anderson Professor of Agricultural Marketing, Policy, and Trade in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

1 The Foundation of the Scientific Research Method 1
2 Guidelines for Conducting Scientific Research 35
3 Guidelines for Preparing Research Grant Proposals 73
4 Guidelines for Communicating Scientific Research 91
5 Guidelines for Reviewing Manuscripts 109
6 Guidelines for Library Literature Search 117
Appendixes 125
Appendix 1 - Proposal Format Guidelines of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) 127
Appendix 2 - Sample Research Proposal 1: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Sources of Household Income for Farm Families 131
Appendix 3 - Essentials of a Project Outline for Hatch, McIntire-Stennis, or State Matching Funds 145
Appendix 4 - Sample Research Proposal 2: An Analysis of Rural Health Services in Louisiana 149
Index 163
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