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Research Methods for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

Research Methods for the Social Sciences / Edition 1


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The aim of this book is to provide an introductory but not simplistic guide to research in the social and behavioural sciences. The book sets out to tackle difficult issues and concepts in a scholarly but accessible manner, providing ample guidance and signposts to further reading. We explore a wide range of questions about research and research methods, including: What counts as 'good research'? Research approaches, paradigms, methods and methodology: what are they and what is the difference? What is the so-called 'qualitative/quantitative'? When and where is quantitative research indispensable? If one suggests that research should be 'scientific' what does that mean? What methods and methodologies are used in social research? What is the role of statistics in social and behavioural research? How should statistical evidence be interpreted? What are the ways in which research can, and should, be disseminated and presented? This book is aimed as much at the reflective, researching professional as for the professional researcher.

About the Author:
Jerry Wellington is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield

About the Author:
Marcin Szczerbinski is a lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Science at the University of Sheffield

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826485670
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Series: Guides for the Perplexed Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Jerry Wellington is Professor in Education at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Table of Contents

Introductory Thoughts     1
A Broad Introduction to Social Research     3
Approaches to Social Research     18
Considering the Quality of Research: Methodology, Theory and Location     33
The Researcher's Role and Responsibility     51
Qualitative Approaches: Their Value and Their Limits     77
Some Qualitative Methods Considered     79
Dealing with Qualitative Data     100
Quantitative Approaches: Their Value and Their Limits     115
Dealing with Quantitative Data     117
Psychometrics: Measuring Traits and States     142
Presenting and Disseminating Research     169
Presenting and Reporting Research     171
Extras     191
References     193
Glossary of Terms     214
Appendix 1     226
Appendix 2     228
Appendix 3     230
Index     231

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