Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Author: Bridget Somekh,Cathy Lewin
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412933900
Category: Social Science
Page: 376
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A companion website is available for this text! "This book provides an excellent balance between theory and practical application in social research. The book works well to develop students' understanding of particular methods of inquiry, embedding them within "real world" settings. I envisage that it will help students to understand the nuances of particular approaches, the complimentarity of certain methods, and the areas of conflict/contention within social research in a way that overcomes the sometimes abstract nature of these discussions" - Dr Jon Tan, School of Education and Professional Training, Leeds Metropolitan University "This book unlocks all of the important areas of social science research in an easily digestible and stimulating style. Both students and supervisors in a range of disciplines will find this an excellent resource" - Fazal Rizvi, Professor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rather than being written by one or two `generalists', this innovative book is written by a large number of active researchers about their specialisms in methods/methodologies. The book introduces all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods and seeks to draw readers into a community of researchers engaged in reflection on the research process. Included are narrative accounts of carrying out a research study that explore the way in which the research design and methods are shaped by the methodology, discussing problematic issues, and reflecting on the way in which knowledge and understanding develop. Aimed at researchers and postgraduate students, it will also be invaluable for students at masters level. Click on the companion website logo above to access additional resources and links to accompany each chapter in the book. "Research Methods in the Social Sciences is a valuable pedagogical tool. It is organized as a dialogue between theory and key concepts, and practice - stories from the field allowing novices and scholars alike to see how critical interpretive research is actually conducted" - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods


Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761923633
Category: Social Science
Page: 1305
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"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

Video Methods

Social Science Research in Motion
Author: Charlotte Bates
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317859766
Category: Social Science
Page: 246
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This interdisciplinary collection provides a set of innovative and inventive approaches to the use of video as a research method. Building on the development of visual methods across the social sciences, it highlights a range of possibilities for making and working with video data. The collection showcases different video methods, including video diaries, video go-alongs, time-lapse video, mobile devices, multi-angle video recording, video ethnography, and ethnographic documentary. Each method is presented through a case study, showing how it can be used in practice. The authors offer pragmatic advice and discuss practical issues, including equipment, techniques and skills, analysis, and presentation. They also show how video methods can be used in a range of different contexts – at train stations, on bicycles, in schools, outdoors, and in museums – to investigate worlds that are visible, audible, tangible, and in motion. In doing so, they illuminate the theoretical possibilities that video methods offer for researching the body, identity, everyday life, affect, time, and space.

Research Methods for the Social Sciences


Author: Jerry Wellington,Marcin Szczerbinski
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826485677
Category: Education
Page: 234
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Genuine one-stop resource including qualitative and quantitive research approaches covering multidisciplinary examples.

Active Learning Exercises for Research Methods in Social Sciences


Author: Beth P. Skott,Masjo Ward
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412981239
Category: Social Science
Page: 173
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Based on the premise that when students do something instead of simply reading about it, they understand it better, this book comprises 29 hands-on, active learning activities for use in research methods courses in the social sciences. The activities were created by instructors throughout the country and demonstrated to be effective in their classrooms. A variety of activities is included: group activities, solo activities, some that take a lot of time and others that take less time. Each one of them is directly related to a concept of research methods and aims to help students become better researchers.

Basic Research Methods

An Entry to Social Science Research
Author: Gerard Guthrie
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 8132105966
Category: Social Science
Page: 252
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This book offers a comprehensive and well-rounded view of research as a tool for problem-solving in the wide range of the social sciences. It is built on the foundation of philosophical pragmatism, postulating that the value of knowledge and research methodologies lie in their usefulness in engaging with the real world. The book synthesizes both positivist and non-positivist methodologies. It is meant for students who are undertaking their first research course or project. The techniques, while basic in nature, are used in many masters and doctoral research studies. The book uses engaging language, real-life examples from various subject areas and follows an inductive approach. With the help of this book, from an experiential base, students should be able to build a more advanced conceptual and theoretical understanding of research through further reading and practice. This book discusses a policy-applied-pure-action model of research covering both quantitative and qualitative methods for case study, survey and experimental designs. It pays considerable attention to measurement principles and to data analysis techniques that make practical use of Microsoft Excel for analysis of both words and numbers. It includes a building block approach to writing, as well as the author’s thoughts on application of research in the real world.

Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Author: Mark Garner,Claire Wagner,Barbara Kawulich
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754673545
Category: Social Science
Page: 244
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This book is intended as a preliminary step towards the development of a pedagogical culture in research methodology. It contains chapters from a range of authors who are involved in the teaching of research methods in different countries and within a variety of disciplines. Their aim is to establish the extent to which there are common concerns and challenges and to demonstrate ways in which these are being met. The book provides both a stimulus and source materials for the development of a more substantial and systematic literature in the field.

Need to Know: Social Science Research Methods


Author: Lisa McIntyre
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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This accessible, alternative approach to mainstream Research Methods titles is written for students who will need to interpret social research in their careers and, more than likely, have opportunities to do research. The book’s focus is on equipping students with the tools both to evaluate research done by others and to do their own research. Exercises in the text help students develop skills and strategies for research, including Internet assignments for finding and evaluating sources. The text provides students with a solid grounding in the relevant aspects of the philosophy of science and thoroughly explains the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Essentials of Social Science Research Methodology


Author: Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen,Per Østergaard,Suzanne C. Beckmann
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 164
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Research is the systematic process of planning, investigating, and understanding a phenomenon in order to find answers to specific questions. This book describes and explains the essential foundations of the research process in the social sciences. It is guided by the notion that there is no such thing as one general "best" method, but that the choice of method depends upon the research problem and the purpose of the research. Key features of the book include: -- setting the stage from a philosophy of science perspective that emphasizes the need to choose the appropriate frame of reference for a given research problem -- describing the mindset that is necessary to work in a scientific way and the rules that apply, regardless of whether the researcher is a first year student or writing a Ph.D -- explaining the importance of theories, models, and methods for a systematic approach to literature reviews, use of secondary data, and empirical investigations -- introducing the fundamental characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methods and their implications for data collection and analysis -- clarifying the issues of verification and reflection in the evaluation of research studies

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

A Practical Guide
Author: Kara, Helen
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447316266
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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This accessible book examines the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. It offers examples in practice and shows readers why, when, and how to use them in their research.

Doing Social Science Research


Author: Simeon Yates
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761967989
Category: Social Science
Page: 293
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Providing an introductory overview of the process of social research, and including classic readings in research methods that all students and researchers should be familiar with, this text offers a comprehensive introduction to key areas of quantitative and qualitative research.

Research methods in the social sciences

a quest for relevant approaches for Africa
Author: Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern Africa
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 230
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Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Author: Paul S. Maxim,Associate Professor Department of Sociology Paul S Maxim
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195114652
Category: Psychology
Page: 405
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Professionals will find this detailed yet concise book to be an excellent reference."--BOOK JACKET.

The A-Z of Social Research

A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts
Author: Robert Lee Miller,John D Brewer
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761971337
Category: Social Science
Page: 345
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The A-Z is a collection of entries ranging from qualitative research techniques to statistical testing and the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. Alphabetically arranged in accessible, reader-friendly formats, the shortest entries are 800 words long and the longest are 3000. Most entries are approximately 1500 words in length and are supported by suggestions for further reading.

Essentials of Research Methods

A Guide to Social Science Research
Author: Janet M. Ruane
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 9780631230496
Category: Social Science
Page: 239
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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.

Social Science Research Methodology: Concepts, Methods and Computer Applications


Author: George Kanire
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656329877
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 96
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Document from the year 2012 in the subject Communications - Methods and Research Logic, Kampala International University, course: undergraduates and graduates, language: English, abstract: Researches fundamentals are of great importance in disciplines and interested people on searching various knowledge or solution to a phenomenon. The main purpose of the book is to share scholarly knowledge about research and its complexity. This book can be used to train the basics and techniques involved on doing inquiries from different views. The experience shows that, no one single cure for all diseases. So when comes to research, there is no single research methodology or technique which fits all circumstances. Hence, the book tries to identify a family of approaches towards various research situations and distinguish their outcomes. Thus, various disciplines example human resource management, accounts and project management have different environmental set up i.e. matters in question, study elements involved and the study plan can determine research context. The study consulted scholars in different disciplines through their publications that explain various research methodologies. Generally the books highlighted some technical guide lines on conducting researches and report writing which provide overview on research plans. In chapter one, the book tried to explain how to choose among the methods of inquiries. It includes the meaning of research, research approaches and types. Chapter two addressing the types of variables deployed in a study. Either, chapter three tells how to generate research idea. Rather, the book through chapter four described how to develop a re-searchable topics. Meanwhile chapter five gives explanation on how to carry out literature survey that forms a crucial party of studies. Then chapter six is critically explain research designs and research management. The book concludes with the application of computer software in research process. Therefore, the book intended to guide researchers, academician and groom young researchers to conduct different inquiries. This is due to the fact that, human activities and environmental changes created complexity in life as well as challenges. So far; challenges need answers from fundamental questions such as what, where, who and how. It is the main reason for interested groups such as researchers, academician and practitioners to seek guidance during research. This is done to attain answers towards fundamental questions.

Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research


Author: Stephen Gorard
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441144765
Category: Education
Page: 272
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This clever scheme builds on Gorard's previous book, Quantitative Methods in Educational Research. He has revised the original book in the light of experience and feedback, and has reworked it so that it includes more social science examples. Four chapters are entirely new.

Social Science Research

Principles, Methods, and Practices
Author: Anol Bhattacherjee
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781475146127
Category: Science
Page: 156
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This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of conducting scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any doctoral seminar or research methods class. This book is currently used as a research text at universities on six continents and will shortly be available in nine different languages.