Focused on the underlying logic behind social research, Methodological Thinking: Basic Principles of Social Research Design by Donileen R. Loseke encourages readers to understand research methods as a way of thinking. The book provides a concise overview of the basic principles of social research, including the characteristics of research questions, the importance of literature reviews, variations in data generation techniques, and sampling. The Second Edition includes a revised chapter on research foundations, with focus on the philosophy of science and ethics; an emphasis on critical thinking; additional attention to evaluating research; and a new selection of briefer, multidisciplinary journal articles designed to be accessible to a wide variety of readers.
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About the Author
Donileen R. Loseke is a professor in the department of sociology at the University of South Florida. She received her BA and MA in psychology (California State University, Dominguez Hills) and her Ph D in sociology (University of California, Santa Barbara). Her books include The Battered Woman and Shelters, which won the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Thinking About Social Problems. She also is the editor of Current Controversies on Family Violence (with Richard Gelles) and Social Problems: Constructionist Readings (with Joel Best). Numerous journal articles and book chapters report the findings of her empirical research projects, which have been on a variety of topics including evaluation research, social problems, criminal justice, social service provision, occupations, emotion, identity, and narrative and have used a variety of data generation techniques including field experiment, written survey, in-depth interview, ethnography, and document analysis. Among her editorial positions include editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, advisory editor for Social Problems and Deputy Editor for Social Psychology Quarterly. She received the Mead Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and will be the 2017 President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Table of Contents
1. Exploring the World of Social Research Design Defining Social Research The Study of Social Research Design Evaluating Social Research Methodological Thinking Studying Research Design as Methodological Thinking Methods in Theory and in Practice2. Foundations Foundation I: Data, Concepts, and Theory Foundation II: The Logic of Relationships Between Data and Concepts/Theory Foundation III: Philosophies of Science The Qualitative Versus Quantitative Debate Foundations and Research Design3. Research Questions Characteristics of Appropriate Research Questions Identifying Research Questions in Published Research Creating Research Questions Thinking Ahead: Developing Questions That Will Be Ethical and Practical to Study Revising Research Questions Evaluating Research Questions Research Questions and Research Design4. Literature Reviews Defining "The Literature " Existing Knowledge as Tools for Research Design Defining the Relevant Literature Thinking About the Review Task The Contents and Form of Literature Reviews Evaluating Literature Reviews Literature Reviews and Research Design Examples of Social Research Article Databases5. Measurement Conceptualization and Conceptual Definitions Operationalization and Operational Definitions Conceptualization and Operationalization in Research Led by Inductive Reasoning Measurement Problems in Social Research Evaluating Measurement Measurement and Research Design6. Data Generation Techniques Research Questions and Data Data Generation Techniques Planning Ahead Data Generation Techniques and Research Design7. Samples Populations and Samples in Social Research The Importance of Samples in Social Research Probability Samples Non-probability Samples Evaluating Samples in Published Research Samples and Research Design8. Summary: Thinking About Social Research Design Foundations of Research Design and Evaluation: Methodological Thinking Evaluating Research Design: Variations Assessing Research Quality Characteristics of High-Quality Reports of Research Design Ending and BeginningsAppendix: Suggestions for Further ReadingAppendix: Articles Used as Examples