A Practical Guide for Students and Researchers in Social Sciences and the Humanities

Author: Elia Shabani Mligo

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498278507

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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This book provides introductory materials on research methods and report writing that aim at guiding students and researchers towards effective research and reporting of their findings. Unlike the many volumes on research that are mostly theoretical, this book originated in the classroom and grew out of the students' own needs to design and conduct satisfactory research in order to meet academic requirements. It is also designed to help experienced researchers in their research ventures. In fulfilling this purpose, the author uses simple, straightforward language. He also provides appropriate examples and illustrations to enable the reader to grasp the basic concepts of research. The book will prove a useful guide for students and researchers in social sciences and humanities who wish to transform research theory into real and feasible research projects.
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An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Author: Neil McK. Agnew,Sandra W. Pyke

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 500

View: 9779

Using quirky and sometimes irreverent examples to provide an overview of social science methodology, this new edition of the popular text has been substantially revised to include an in-depth consideration of current hot topics in the constantly evolving field of scientific research, including the trend away from 'hard' (quantitative) research to 'soft' (qualitative) research, advances in computerized analysis of statistical data, and the increasing focus on the cultural context of research. ·Part One explores the strengths and limitations of common sense methods of solving puzzles and demonstrates how the scientific method significantly improves our ability to check the reliability and validity of theories. ·Part Two introduces the reader to two pre-scientific methods of problem solving: the after-the fact and the before-and- after methods. After noting the strengths and limitations of these pre-scientific methods, the authors explain how the control-group procedure, the classic example of the scientific method, helps overcome the major limitations of the after-the-fact and before-and-after methods. ·Part Three explores how scientists measure the internal and external validity of research results. ·Part Four examines the methods scientists use to assess subjective information through qualitative research methods: questionnaires, interviews and attitudes and personality scales. Naturalistic observations and archival research extend the reach of social sciences into areas that more controlled research methods cannot go. ·Part Five sets out the basic rules for tying numbers to objects and events, how numbers can be used to summarize and describe large amounts of information, and how mathematics helps us to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown. ·Part Six charts an explosion of ethical challenges as science pushes its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. Chapter Fourteen focuses on how scientists may communicate their scientific news clearly and effectively. ·Part Seven engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the history of science and explore how gender influences scientific research.
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Author: Chava Frankfort-Nachmias,David Nachmias

Publisher: Worth Publishers

ISBN: 9780716755173

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 1144

Describes a comprehensive, systematic treatment of the scientific approach within the context of the social sciences, emphasizing the relationship between theory, research, and practice, and integrating research activities in an orderly framework. Some changes in this edition include a section on using graphics and several new appendices. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Janet M. Ruane

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9780631230496

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 1960

This is a text for introductory research methods courses, as required in several social science majors. Students taking this course are often resistant to the subject matter, and this text tackles this resistance by focusing the reader on experiences in their everyday lives.
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Author: Dennis Howitt,Duncan Cramer

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132051637

Category: Psychology

Page: 439

View: 3274

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, secondedition,provides clear, comprehensive and innovative coverage of quantitative and qualitative research methods for psychology students throughout their studies. In this essential text for psychology students, the research process is broken down into manageable steps to equip students with the skills to ask intelligent research questions, carry out a literature review, choose an appropriate research design, carry out data collection and write up their findings. Throughout the book research examples are discussed which offer an insight into how research advances our understanding in areas such as forensic, social, educational, and abnormal psychology.
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Author: Darren Langdridge

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780130978325

Category: Psychology

Page: 410

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Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology provides coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods. This includes detail of the statistical analysis of data (by hand and using SPSS for Windows version 11.0) and the analysis of qualitative data with all the major approaches in use today. Few other single books provide the same level of coverage of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The book includes activity boxes providing exercises designed to further cement knowledge and understanding. Study boxes are used throughout to give examples of the application of research methods and data analysis with cutting-edge research in psychology. Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology is accessible to undergraduate students studying other social science disciplines and is also appropriate for A-level students beginning to study psychology.
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An Investigative Approach

Author: Mark Balnaves,Peter Caputi

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848608640

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods is a student-friendly introduction to quantitative research methods and basic statistics. It uses a detective theme throughout the text and in multimedia courseware to show how quantitative methods have been used to solve real-life problems. The book focuses on principles and techniques that are appropriate to introductory level courses in media, psychology and sociology. Examples and illustrations are drawn from historical and contemporary research in the social sciences. The multimedia courseware provides tutorial work on sampling, basic statistics, and techniques for seeking information from databases and other sources. The statistics modules can be used as either part of a detective games or directly in teaching and learning. Brief video lessons in SPSS, using real datasets, are also a feature of the CD-ROM. Why would you choose Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods - It is theoretical, providing a concise overview of issues of quantitative research. - It is practical, providing case studies that exemplify the different ways of research is conducted in the social sciences (ranging from psychology to sociology, politics and media). - It is educational, providing practical vignettes, and chapter highlights for revision. - It is integrative, producing a typology of different ways of conducting quantitative research methods. - It is international, providing case studies from a range of countries. - It is innovative, providing multimedia tutorials on generic research and statistical skills. - It is clear, concise and accessible.
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dilemmas and perspectives : essays in honor of Ramkrishna Mukherjee

Author: Ramkrishna Mukherjee,Partha Nath Mukherji

Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd

ISBN: 9780761994404

Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

View: 7493

Scientific research in the social sciences, as in the natural sciences, involves a systematic investigation tempered by a method or logic of inquiry. A synoptic introduction to the philosophy of social science and methodology in social research, this collection of original essays by eminent social scientists is a festschrift in honour of Ramkrishna Mukherjee in recognition of his seminal contribution to social science knowledge.
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Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

Author: Keith F Punch

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761944171

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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'Introduction to Social Research' presents the essential elements of both qualitative and quantitative approaches for conducting empirical research in the social sciences.
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Author: Martin Bulmer

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412834681

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

View: 8036

A rich source of ideas about sociological research methods to assist the researcher in determining what method will provide the most reliable and useful knowledge, how to choose between different methodologies, and what constitutes the most fruitful relationship between sociological theories and research methods.
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Author: Alan Bryman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199588058

Category: Reference

Page: 766

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Text accompanied by a companion web site.
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Author: Tim May,Malcolm Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135367175

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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This is an accessible introduction to the philosophy of social research which relates philosophical ideas to actual research practice. The book makes effective use of illustrations from the UK, US and Europe to examine specific problems and broader issues. The book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social research methods within sociology, social policy, politics, social psychology, human geography; philosophy of social science and social theory courses; and as a personal reference for professional researchers.
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Author: Geoff Lancaster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136368531

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Written specifically for the Research Methods aspect of an MBA course, Research Methods in Management is the ideal companion for those needing guidance on carrying out a research project. The author offers a succinct guide to the topic which provides MBA and Business Students with the necessary grounding in the area of research without going into too much depth. The text is therefore written with modular courses in mind so that students gain an overall perspective of the important areas that need consideration and can ascertain the key points they need to be aware of when carrying out research. Dissertations and projects form an integral part of many MBA and degree courses and therefore guides such as this are becoming invaluable when tackling this area for the first time. Research Methods in Management approaches the research task in a step by step manner, covering areas such as data collection, observational methods, and data analysis. Guidance is provided on the best way to approach aspects of the research process and to ensure all aspects are adequately covered. As this is an area where many students feel they do not have any experience, a text such as this provides the necessary support in approaching this area of the course.
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A Hands-On Approach

Author: Bora Pajo

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483386945

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach makes learning research methods easy for students by giving them activities they can experience and do on their own. With clear, simple, and even humorous prose, this text offers students a straightforward introduction to an exciting new world of social science and behavioral research. Rather than making research seem intimidating, author Bora Pajo shows students how research can be an easy, ongoing conversation on topics that matter in their lives. Each chapter includes real research examples that illustrate specific topics that the chapter covers, guides that help students explore actual research challenges in more depth, and ethical considerations relating to specific chapter topics. 3 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Read This Book 1. Conducting research can be fun when you see it in terms that relate to your everyday life. 2. Knowing how to do research will open many doors for you in your career. It will open your mind to new ideas on what you might pursue in the future (e.g., becoming an entrepreneur, opening your own nongovernmental organization, or running your own health clinic), and give you an extra analytic skill to brag about in your job interviews. 3. Understanding research will make you an educated consumer. You will be able to evaluate the information before you and determine what to accept and what to reject. Truth be told, understanding research will save you money in the short and long term*. *From Chapter 1 of Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach
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Author: Peter Halfpenny,Rob Procter

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473926955

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Vast amounts of digital data are now generated daily by people as they go about their lives, yet social researchers are struggling to exploit it. At the same time, the challenges faced by society in the 21st century are growing ever more complex, and demands research that is bigger in scale, more collaborative and multi-disciplinary than ever before. This cutting-edge volume provides an accessible introduction to innovative digital social research tools and methods that harness this ‘data deluge’ and successfully tackle key research challenges. Contributions from leading international researchers cover topics such as: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research Data management Social media and social network analysis Modeling and simulation Survey methods Visualizing social data Ethics and e-research The future of social research in the digital age This vibrant introduction to innovative digital research methods is essential reading for anyone conducting social research today.
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An Introduction to Methods and Designs

Author: Stephen D. Lapan,MaryLynn T. Quartaroli,Frances J. Riemer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118118855

Category: Education

Page: 560

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The authors—noted scholars and researchers—provide an up-to-date guide to qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Step by step, the authors explain a range of methodologies and methods for conducting qualitative research focusing on how they are applied when conducting an actual study. The book includes methods of data collection, specific approaches to qualitative research, and current issues in the field. Specifically, chapters cover the methods, designs, and analyses related to the methodologies of history, case study, program evaluation, ethnography, autoethnography, narrative, life histories, emancipatory discourses, feminist perspectives, African American inquiry, indigenous studies, and practitioner qualitative research.
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An Introduction to Methods

Author: Margaret Alston,Wendy Bowles

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415307222

Category: Social Science

Page: 334

View: 321

An introduction to research methods specifically needed in social work and social welfare, this text outlines the major stages of research projects, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods.
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Author: Eugene B. Zechmeister,John J. Shaughnessy,Jeanne S. Zechmeister

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: 9780070727052

Category: Psychology

Page: 274

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This workbook designed to accompany Shaughnessy/Zechmeister, RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 4/e provides students with concrete examples of abstract ideas and gives students the kinds of practical experiences that aid understanding of research methods. The workbook offers instructors brief descriptions of published research in psychology related to the methods covered in each chapter of the text. The brief descriptions are then used as the basis for related questions, problems, and exercises. Instructors can use these exercises as homework assignments or as the basis for in-class discussion.
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