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Overview

Use award-winning software to analyze and critically evaluate real data with the Seventh Edition of RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION USING MICROCASE EXPLORIT. This workbook includes a Windows version of MicroCase ExplorIt, a user-friendly program that makes it easy to manipulate and learn from actual data without getting bogged down in complicated statistical software. Over two dozen research-quality data files are included in this package, along with 13 exercise worksheets (one per chapter), that let you see the real impact of the concepts you study. You're then walked through the entire research process, giving you hands-on experience in research methods.

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"A very student-friendly textbook that takes much of the fear out of taking (and maybe teaching!) a research methods class."

"A really good 'paint-by-numbers' introduction to the scientific study of politics for undergraduates."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133309291
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,342,631
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael K. Le Roy is a professor of Political Science and Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Whitworth University in Washington state. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and he was a Fulbright scholar at Gothenburg University in Sweden. In addition to his extensive research and travel in Europe and Latin America, Professor Le Roy has studied and traveled in Central and South America. His research on civil society and social capital has been published in Comparative Politics. Michael Le Roy returned to Whitworth in fall 2002 from Wheaton College, in Illinois, where he served as chair of the department of political science. After teaching three years for the Political Science department, Le Roy accepted the position as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Le Roy still teaches for the Political Science department and continues as a team member for the Central America Study-Service Program. His research on civil society, xenophobia, and the European Union has been published in the journal, COMPARATIVE POLITICS. He is also the author of COMPARATIVE POLITICS: AN INTRODUCTION (4th Edition), and RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (7th Edition). Le Roy won Wheaton College's faculty achievement award for excellence in teaching in 1998 and a similar award from the American Political Science Association's honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, in 1999.

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Table of Contents

1. A Brief Overview of Research Methods in Political Science. 2. Measurement I: The Basic Ideas. 3. Measurement II: Types of Data. 4. Variables, Variation, and Explanation. 5. Hypotheses. 6. Sampling. 7. Descriptive Statistics. 8. How to Read a Cross-tabulation. 9. Tests of Statistical Significance and Measures of Association. 10. Cross-tabulation and Statistics: Controlling for a Third Variable. 11. Correlation 12. Regression 13. The Overall Process. Appendix A: Data Preparation and Entry. Appendix B: Independent Projects. Appendix C: Senators Data. Appendix D: Variable Names and Sources.

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