Reasoning and research

a guide for social science methods

Author: Thelma Frances Williams Batten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social sciences

Page: 257

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Posted in Social sciences

Methods for the social sciences

a handbook for students and non-specialists

Author: John J. Hartman,Jack H. Hedblom

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313208942

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 5558

Posted in Social Science

Social Research Methods

The Essentials

Author: Nicholas Walliman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473952751

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 3173

Nicholas Walliman is the supervisor in your students' pockets, making sure they understand all the essential methods for successfully carrying out a research project and negotiating the challenges and pitfalls. In this book, he: · Takes students step-by-step through the research process · Helps them formulate clear aims and objectives · Explains all the vocabulary to understand the A – Z of research methods · Ends each chapter with a reading guide for taking learning further with more resources to help get a deeper understanding of the issues discussed · Improves research reports with practical advice on presenting findings in great tables, graphs and diagrams · Opens his office door with reflective questions (and answers) · Delivers the confidence to get started and get finished! Social Research Methods: The Essentials is the perfect starting point and guide for your students' research project.
Posted in Social Science

Critical Thinking

Tools for Evaluating Research

Author: Peter Nardi

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520291840

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 3295

"Critical Thinking: A Methodology for Interpreting Information 'deconstructs' common errors in thinking and teaches students to become smarter consumers of research results. Written to complement a textbook or a collection of readings, this brief methods book strengthens students' ability to interpret information whenever and wherever data are used. It includes a wide range of examples along with end of chapter exercises for further discussion. This book will be a coursebook for the undergraduate social science courses where critical thinking, numeracy, and data literacy are common learning objectives"--Provided by publisher.
Posted in Social Science

Introduction to Research Methods and Report Writing

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

View: 6713

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.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Methods for Development Work and Research

A New Guide for Practitioners

Author: Britha Mikkelsen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761933274

Category: Social Science

Page: 373

View: 1604

an indispensable, down-to-earth, richly illustrated guide to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods for research and practice in development settings.
Posted in Social Science

A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Rwegoshora, Hossea M. M.

Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers

ISBN: 9987449174

Category: Social Science

Page: 394

View: 3262

Conducting social research requires an understanding of the general theories and principles of social science research. Such knowledge is essential for both social science students and all those undertaking research, evaluating, and designing different intervention strategies to existing social problems. The book is organized around seven main themes, namely: science; logic and objectivity in the social sciences; conceptualization, design and problem definition; types of social science research; sampling and research instruments; data processing and analysis; and theory building and presentation of research findings. Each chapter is treated at length, including illustrative examples from the literature and providing data from the author's own research experience, specifically drawing examples from a variety of Tanzanian social settings. Since the first edition of this book there has been an unprecedented rise of sophistication and diversification in the realm of social science research. The challenges, which continue to face researchers, include paradigmatic allegiances to definitional issues and sometimes lack of consensus about the standards of quality (in particular in qualitative research). This second edition, with suggestions from readers and peers, has been expanded to be more comprehensive, specifically developing practical aspects to facilitate students in the process of data collection, the role of hypotheses in the research process, and qualitative research.
Posted in Social Science

Realist Inquiry in Social Science

Author: Brian D. Haig,Colin W. Evers

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473943116

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 7678

Realist Inquiry in Social Science is an invaluable guide to conducting realist research. Written by highly regarded experts in the field, the first part of the book sets out the fundamentals necessary for rigorous realist research, while the second part deals with a number of its most important applications, discussing it in the context of case studies, action research and grounded theory amongst other approaches. Grounded in philosophical methodology, this book goes beyond understanding knowledge justification only as empirical validity, but instead emphasises the importance of theoretical criteria for all good research. The authors consider both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and approach methodology from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. Using abductive reasoning as the starting point for an insightful journey into realist inquiry, this book demonstrates that scientific realism continues to be of major relevance to the social sciences.
Posted in Social Science

Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

Author: Carol S. Aneshensel

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412994357

Category: Social Science

Page: 446

View: 5348

This book presents a method for bringing data analysis and statistical technique into line with theory. The author begins by describing the elaboration model for analyzing the empirical association between variables. She then introduces a new concept into this model, the focal relationship. Building upon the focal relationship as the cornerstone for all subsequent analysis, two analytic strategies are developed to establish its internal validity: an exclusionary strategy to eliminate alternative explanations, and an inclusive strategy which looks at the interconnected set of relationships predicted by theory. Using real examples of social research, the author demonstrates the use of this approach for two common forms of analysis, multiple linear regression and logistic regression. Whether learning data analysis for the first time or adding new techniques to your repertoire, this book provides an excellent basis for theory-based data analysis.
Posted in Social Science

Research Methods for Graduate Business and Social Science Students

Author: John Adams,Hafiz T A Khan,Robert Raeside

Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited

ISBN: 9780761935896

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 3464

Research Methods for Graduate Business and Social Science Students is a fundamental and easy guide to studying research methods. In addition to the general concepts relating to research methods, broad research issues and theoretical concepts critical to research are discussed. The book is written in a lucid style and contains examples and helpful practical exercises at the end of each chapter to reinforce and enjoy learning.
Posted in Social Science

Essentials of Research Methods

A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Janet M. Ruane

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9780631230496

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 5971

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.
Posted in Social Science

Engaged Scholarship

A Guide for Organizational and Social Research

Author: Andrew H. Van de Ven

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199226290

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

View: 7414

A guide for organizational and social research in business studies and the social sciences, providing a clear framework for research design and methodology. It will be an invaluable tool for academics, researchers, and graduate students across the social sciences concerned with rigorous and relevant research in the contemporary world.
Posted in Business & Economics

Unraveling the Mysteries of Case Study Research

A Guide for Business and Management Students

Author: Marilyn L. Taylor,Mikael Søndergaard

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1786437228

Category:

Page: 160

View: 8548

An accessible and current yet in depth introduction to conducting a case study or a project focusing on a company or business situation. This textbook provides an introduction to identifying the motivation and objectives for a project, defining and designing a research question, guiding a research plan, conducting the research, gathering and interpreting data and understanding the context of your research. It is suitable for undergraduates undertaking a research project for the first time and for those with more experience who want to make the process ‘fun’.
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Qualitative Research Skills for Social Work

Theory and Practice

Author: Malcolm Carey

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409449319

Category: Reference

Page: 264

View: 5334

Takes the reader through the process of beginning and developing a research problem or question, defining their objectives and undertaking empirical or literature-based research that involves data collection, analysis, writing up and dissemination. This book also highlights and details potential obstacles, and essential techniques and methods.
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Methods for Social Theory

Analytical tools for theorizing and writing

Author: Jan Ch. Karlsson,Ann Bergman

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317097009

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 2091

This book constitutes a practical guide to the important skills of both theorizing and writing in social scientific scholarship, focusing on the importance of identifying relations between concepts that are useful for explaining social entities and of producing a text that convincingly advances the theory that has been constructed. Taking as its point of departure the distinction between the research process and the reporting process – between clarifying one’s ideas to oneself and writing to express these ideas clearly to others – this volume concentrates on writing when theorizing as a way of thinking, emphasizing the series of relations that exist between ontology, epistemology and rhetoric upon which successful theoretical writing depends. Richly illustrated with practical examples, the book is divided into two parts, the first of which presents techniques for theorizing based upon visualized and logical connections of ideas, concepts and empirical patterns in both free and systematic ways, and the second part providing techniques for structuring and presenting arguments in essays, papers, articles or books.As such, Methods for Social Theory offers a toolbox for the development and presentation of social thought, which will prove essential for students and teachers across the social sciences.
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Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies

Author: Natalie Sappleton

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466639199

Category: Science

Page: 329

View: 9340

"This book examines the applicability and usefulness of new technologies, as well as the pitfalls of these methods in academic research practices, serving as a practical guide for designing and conducting research projects"--Provided by publisher.
Posted in Science

Structuring the Thesis

Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings

Author: David Kember,Michael Corbett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811305110

Category: Education

Page: 427

View: 7664

The book is a collective investigation of the structuring of theses in education, the social sciences and other disciplines that commonly do not follow the standard procedures of the scientific method. To help research students design a structure for their own thesis and liberate their investigations from the constraints associated with the use of the conventional structure, it explains how the structures adopted were designed to suit the topic, methodology and paradigm. It also provides a wide range of examples to draw upon, which suit a broad spectrum of theory, methodological approaches, research methods and paradigms. Additionally, by analyzing the methodologies and paradigms, and reviewing the methodological and paradigmatic spectrum, it offers a significant contribution to the way research is conceptualized. The book addresses a number of key questions faced by students, supervisors and examiners: •Why do examiners often find it difficult to read work in non-scientific disciplines when theses are structured in accordance with the conventional scientific method? •Why do students in non-scientific disciplines struggle to write up the outcomes of their research in the conventional structure? •What alternative thesis structures can be devised to better suit the wide range of methods? •Which theories and paradigms are commonly followed in education and the social sciences and how do these perspectives influence the research process? •What methods, theories and paradigms are commonly adopted by education and social science students and what problems do these pose when students write their theses?
Posted in Education

Interpreting Quantitative Data

Author: David Byrne

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446230287

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 5004

How do quantitative methods help us to acquire knowledge of the real world? What are the `do's' and `don'ts' of effective quantitative research? This refreshing and accessible book provides students with a novel and useful resource for doing quantitative research. It offers students a guide on how to: interpret the complex reality of the social world; achieve effective measurement; understand the use of official statistics; use social surveys; understand probability and quantitative reasoning; interpret measurements; apply linear modelling; understand simulation and neural nets; and integrate quantitative and qualitative modelling in the research process. Jargon-free and written with the needs of students in mind, the book will be required reading for students interested in using quantitative research methods.
Posted in Social Science

Social Research

A Simple Guide

Author: Morley D. Glicken

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205334285

Category: Political Science

Page: 282

View: 8648

A user-friendly guide to understanding social research and statistics. Fun to read, this successful class-tested book provides step-by-step guidance using numerous real-life examples and applications.This concise book attempts to make research fun and interesting by using concrete examples, funny vignettes and worked-out problems.MARKET : For anyone interested in improving in research methods.
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Quantitative Methods for Historians

A Guide to Research, Data, and Statistics

Author: Konrad Hugo Jarausch

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807843093

Category: History

Page: 247

View: 1025

The pioneering texts in quantitative history were written over two decades ago, but as a command of methodological context, computer experience, and statistical literacy have become increasingly important to the study of history, the need for an introduct
Posted in History