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Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches / Edition 3
     

Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches / Edition 3

by W. Lawrence Neuman
 

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ISBN-10: 0205845045

ISBN-13: 9780205845040

Pub. Date: 01/05/2012

Publisher: Pearson

This introduction to research methods covers all the major topics at a depth of detail that's thorough without being overwhelming. Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, Lawrence Neuman discusses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches.

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This introduction to research methods covers all the major topics at a depth of detail that's thorough without being overwhelming. Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, Lawrence Neuman discusses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205845040
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes "Introduction" and "Conclusion."

I. FOUNDATIONS.

1. Doing Social Research.
Alternatives to Social Research.
How Science Works.
Steps in the Research Process
Dimensions of Research

2. Theory and Research.
What Is Theory?
The Parts of Theory.
The Aspects of Theory.
The Dynamic Duo.

3. Ethics in Social Research
The Individual Researcher.
Why Be Ethical?
Power Relations.
Ethical Issues Involving Research Participants.
Mandated Protections of Research Participants.
Ethics and the Scientific Community.
Ethics and the Sponsors of Research.
Politics of Research.
Value Free and Objective Research.

4. Reviewing the Scholarly Literature and Planning a Study.
Literature Review.
Where to Find Research Literature.
Using the Internet for Social Research.
Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations Toward Research.
Qualitative Design Issues.
Quantitative Design Issues.

II. CONDUCTING QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH.

5. Formulating Hypotheses and Measuring Variables.
Why Measure?
Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement
Parts of the Measurement Process.
Reliability and Validity.
A Guide to Quantitative Measurement.
Index Construction.
Scales.

6. Sampling
Nonprobability Sampling.
Probability Sampling.

7. Survey Research.
The Logic of Survey Research.
Construction the Questionnaire.
Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages.
Interviewing.
The Ethical Survey.

8. The Experiment.
Random Assignment.
Experimental Design Logic.
Internal and External Validity.
Practical Considerations.
Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons.
A Word on Ethics.

9. Non-Reactive Research.
Nonreactive Measurement.
Content Analysis.
Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis.
Issues of Inference and Theory Testing

10. Statistical Analysis
Dealing with Data.
Results with One Variable.
Results with Two Variables.
More Than Two Variables.
Inferential Statistics.

III. CONDUCTING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.

11. Field Research.
The Logic of Field Research.
Choosing a Site and Gaining Access.
Relations in the Field.
Observing and Collecting Data.
The Field Research Interview.
Leaving the Field.
Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research.

12. Historical-Comparative Research.
The Logic of Historical Comparative Research.
Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project.
Data and Evidence in Historical Context.
Comparative Research.
Equivalence in Historical Comparative Research.

13. Qualitative Data Analysis.
Comparing Methods of Data Analysis.
Coding and Concept Formation.
Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data.
Other Techniques.

IV. WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT.

14. Writing a Research Report.
The Research Report.
Glossary.

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