Research Methods for Public Administration / Edition 5

Research Methods for Public Administration / Edition 5

by Elizabeth O'Sullivan, Gary R. Rassel, Maureen Berner, Gary Raymond Rassel, Gary Rassel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0321431375

ISBN-13: 9780321431370

Pub. Date: 07/06/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This practical, lucid text introduces students to the methodological tools public administrators and policy analysts use to conduct research in today's world.
This accessible text offers an abundance of engaging examples and provides step-by-step instructions to illustrate common research methods and techniques, providing students and future administrators with

Overview

This practical, lucid text introduces students to the methodological tools public administrators and policy analysts use to conduct research in today's world.
This accessible text offers an abundance of engaging examples and provides step-by-step instructions to illustrate common research methods and techniques, providing students and future administrators with a sound foundation in model building, research design, measurement, and sampling. The book's statistical section focuses on correct use and interpretation of commonly used statistics, including linear regression.
The book's overall aim is to develop effective, efficient research skills among future public administrators so that they will be better policy makers. It accomplishes this not only by providing a comprehensive survey of research techniques, but also by developing students' awareness of the ethical issues associated with conducting research and reporting findings.

Features:

Terms for review at the end of each chapter are clearly defined in an accessible and comprehensive glossary at the back of the book.
“Problems for Homework and Discussion” appear in each chapter, assessing students' comprehension of concepts and techniques discussed in the chapter.
Exercises allow students to become familiar with statistical software, which holds data in ASCII, spreadsheets, and SPSS formats.
Internet surveys are interspersed throughout the text, reflecting the growing influence of this medium on research methods and data sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321431370
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/06/2007
Series:
MySearchLab Series for Political Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1024
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Beginning a Research Project: The Preliminary Steps
Chapter 2: Designs for Description
Chapter 3: Designs for Explanation
Chapter 4: Measuring Variables
Chapter 5: Sampling
Chapter 6: Contacting and Talking to Subjects
Chapter 7: Data Collection: Questions and Questionnaires
Chapter 8: Protection of Human Research Subjects and Other Ethical Issues
Chapter 9: Secondary Data Analysis: Finding and Analyzing Existing Data
Chapter 10: Combining Indicators: Index Construction
Chapter 11: Univariate Analysis
Chapter 12: Examining Relationships among Variables: Tests of Statistical Significance
Chapter 13: Examining Relationships among Variables: Contingency Tables with Measures of Association, Analysis of Variance
Chapter 14: Regression Analysis and Correlation
Chapter 15: Communicating Findings and Completing the Project
Glossary
Index

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