Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles / Edition 1

Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles / Edition 1

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Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles / Edition 1

Drawing from authors John Brewer and Albert Hunter's original work published in 1989, when single method research was the standard, this new text offers an explanation of how a planned synthesis of various research techniques such as fieldwork, surveys, experiments, and nonreactive studies can be purposely used to improve social science knowledge. Foundations of Multimethod Research: Synthesizing Styles explores the many aspects of the multimethod research approach, including the formulation of research problems, data collection, sampling and generalization, measurement, reliability and validity, hyposthesis testing and causal analysis, and writing and publicizing results.

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ISBN-13: 9780761988618
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction
1. The Multimethod Approach and Its Promise
Four Imperfect But Useful Research Methods
A Broader Multimethod View
Finding Consensus in a House of Many Mansions
A Systematic Approach
2. A Healthy Skepticism About Theory and Method
Orienting Theory Toward Research and Vice Versa
A Healthy Skepticism
An Assessment of Four Research Styles
The Multimethod Approach: A Fifth Research Style
3. Formulating Research Problems
The Role of Research Problems in the Research Process
The Empirical Unfolding of Research Problems
The Role of Theory in Problem Formulation
4. Collecting Data With Multiple Methods
A Variety of Data-Collecting Methods
Validation Versus Exploration
Cost/Benefit Analyses of Different Methods of Data Collection
5. Finding the Objects to Study
The Dilemma of the Few and the Many
Units and Variables
Types of Sampling
Sampling and Generalization
6. Measuring Concepts and Assessing Measurement Validity
Defining Social Scientific Measurement
Judging Measurement’s Success From Facts Rather Than Fiction
Designing Validation Studies
What to Do if Measurement Fails (and How to Guard Against Failure)
7. Explaining Social Phenomena Causally
Causation and Causal Explanation
Modes of Causal Analysis
Assessing the Validity of Causal Research
Multitest Validity
8. A Postscript on Postmodernism
The Postmodern Critique
Some Research Examples
The Technology of Method
9. Making Research Public: The Social Context of Multimethod Research
Internal Politics
External Politics
Multimethod Research in Relation to Society
About the Authors

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