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Real Research: Conducting and Evaluating Research in the Social Sciences / Edition 1

Real Research: Conducting and Evaluating Research in the Social Sciences / Edition 1

by Loreen Wolfer
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  • Overview

    Covering both quantitative and qualitative research, this new text teaches the skills for conducting research and how to read and evaluate published research.
    Real Research explains the systematic steps used by social scientists to examine the social world, and teaches te skills necessary to read, understand and realistically evaluate published research carried out by others. The author follows the stages of the research process and presents a model of "ideal" research; but she also emphasizes that research does not always involve an orderly set of steps, and is often affected by limitations such as time and money.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 2900205416621
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Publication date: 10/06/2006
    Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
    Edition description: 1ST
    Pages: 1312
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    A. Avenues of Knowledge
    B. Uses and purposes of research
    C. Evaluating Written Research: Titles
    Chapter 2: Research Process and Considerations
    A. Social Theory and Ideology
    B. Theory and Its Parts
    C. Levels of Theory
    D. The Link between Theory and Research
    E. The Research Process: An Overview
    F. Ethical Issues
    G. Evaluating Research: Topic selection and abstracts
    H. Evaluating Written Research: Ethics
    Chapter 3: Getting Started
    A. Selecting a research problem
    B. Hypotheses and Causality
    C. Study Validity
    D. Bringing it Together: A Summary of Hypotheses, Causality and Validity
    E. Time dimensions
    F. Units of Analysis
    Chapter 4: Measurement
    A. Conceptualization and operationalization
    B. Measurement
    C. Evaluating Written Research: Operationalization and Measurement
    Chapter 5: Sampling
    A. Why Sample
    B. Sampling terms
    C. Probability Sampling Techniques
    D. Non-probability sampling
    E. When to use what
    F. Sample Size
    G. Evaluating written research: Samples
    Chapter 6: Experiments
    A. Appropriate research questions
    B. Language of Experimental research
    C. Types of Experimental Design
    D. Issues Involving Experiments
    E. Interpreting Experimental Results
    F. Advantages and Disadvantages of Experiments
    G. Evaluating Written Research: Experiments

    Chapter 7: Survey Research
    A. Appropriate topics for survey research
    B. General Survey Construction
    C. Types of Surveys
    D. Issues in Survey Research
    E. Evaluating Written Research: Surveys
    Chapter 8: Field Research
    A. Appropriate Research Topics
    B. Steps for Doing Field Research
    C. Advantages and Disadvantages of Field Research
    D. Issues in Field Research
    E. Evaluating Written Research: Field Research
    Chapter 9: Unobtrusive Measures
    A. Content Analysis
    B. Secondary Analysis and Agency Data
    C. Agency Data
    D. Ethical Considerations for Unobtrusive Research
    E. Evaluation of Written Research: Content Analysis and Agency Data
    Chapter 10: Evaluation Research
    A. Using Social Research to Find Solutions to Social Problems
    B. Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Evaluation Research
    C. Types of Evaluation Research
    D. Steps in Conducting Evaluation Research
    E. Social Context of Evaluation Research
    F. Grants and Proposal Writing
    G. Evaluating Written Research: Evaluation Research
    Chapter 11: Qualitative Research Analysis
    A. Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research
    B. Getting Started
    C. The Method of Analysis
    D. Presenting Qualitative Findings
    E. Assessing Data and Analysis Quality
    F. Evaluating Written Research: Qualitative Findings
    Chapter 12: Quantitative Research Analysis
    A. Data Entry
    B. Data Manipulation
    C. Basic Data Analysis
    D. Data Presentation
    E. Cautions When Using Statistics

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