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.

Basic Concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences

Author: Johann Mouton,H. C. Marais

Publisher: HSRC Press

ISBN: 9780796906489

Category: Humanities

Page: 276

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This book consists of three major sections. In the first, which includes chapters 1 to 7, the basic concepts of the methodology of the social social sciences are discussed. In the second, chapters 8 and 9, the most important concepts of part one are integrated in discussions on the writing of research proposals and research reports. The third section (appendices) consists of three "case studies" in which the most important methodological principles which were discussed in the preceding sections are illustrated.

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.

Research Methodology in the Social, Behavioural and Life Sciences

Designs, Models and Methods

Author: Herman J Ader,Gideon J Mellenbergh

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761958835

Category: Social Science

Page: 393

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This is an ideal text for advanced courses in research methods and experimental design. It argues that the methodology of quantitative research is a unified discipline with basic notions, procedures and ways of reasoning which can be applied across the social, behavioural and life sciences. Key designs, models and methods in research are covered by leading contributors in their field who seek to explain the fundamentals of the research process to enable the student to understand the broader implications and unifying themes.

Behavioral and Social Science Research

A National Resource

Author: National Research Council,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Committee on Basic Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309032784

Category: Social Science

Page: 121

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Behavioral and Social Science Research: A National Resource specifies appropriate criteria for assessing the value, significance, and social utility of basic research in the social sciences. This report identifies illustrative areas of basic research in the social sciences that have developed analytic frameworks of high social utility and describes the development of these frameworks and their utilization. It also identifies illustrative areas of basic research in the social sciences that are likely to be of high value, significance, and/or social utility in the near future, reviews the current state of knowledge in these areas, and indicates research efforts needed to bring these areas to their full potential.

Teaching Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Author: Dr Claire Wagner,Dr Mark Garner,Ms Barbara Kawulich

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491862

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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How can excellence in the teaching of research methods be encouraged and ensured? This question has become increasingly important following the adoption of research methodology as a core part of many postgraduate and undergraduate courses. There has, however, been little discussion about the aims and methods of teaching the subject. In this volume; a number of authors from a variety of countries and disciplines employ their knowledge and experience towards the development of a 'pedagogical culture' in research methods. Their aim is to establish the extent of common concerns and challenges and to demonstrate ways in which these are being met. Intended to provide both a stimulus and source materials for the development of a more substantial and systematic literature in the field, the book will be of great interest to all those teaching research methods courses within social science disciplines.

Social research methods

Author: David Dooley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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This book presents a balanced presentation of research methods across disciplinary boundaries--both psychological and sociological, laboratory experiments and survey methods, quantitative and qualitative techniques. It offers a coherent, organizing theme, in this case, that of validity in its various guises-internal, external, inferential statistical, and measurement construct. The organizing theme is validity--the extent to which the researcher's conclusion can be judged credible. Validity is broken down into several components each of which is developed in one or more chapters including construct validity (both measurement and experimental), statistical inference validity, internal validity, and external validity. These validity types are then revisited as appropriate in the treatments of the several basic research approaches--true experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, and qualitative. Ideal for professionals belonging to various psychological or sociological association or anyone interested in review or updating their current knowledge.

Research, Actionable Knowledge, and Social Change

Reclaiming Social Responsibility Through Research Partnerships

Author: Edward P. St. John

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1579227376

Category: Education

Page: 276

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A professional text written for social science researchers and practitioners, Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change provides strategies and frameworks for using social science research to engage in critical social and educational problem solving. Combining the best practices of critical analysis and traditional research methods, this professional text offers guidance for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM), a transformative model that explains how to successfully conduct action-oriented research in a multitude of professional service organizations. The aim of the text is to encourage a new generation of research-based partnerships reforms that promote equity and access for underserved populations. Topics discussed include: • The historical precedents for universities engaged in social change • The limitations of current social science theory and methods • The critical-empirical approach to social research • The issues relating to social justice within the policy decision process • The use of social research to integrate an emphasis of social justice into economic and policy decision making Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change does not propose different foundations for social research, but rather argues that it is necessary to reconsider how to work with theory and research methods to inform change. This text can also be used by students enrolled in graduate and Ed.D/Ph.D Higher Education Leadership programs and graduate programs across professional fields including K-12, public administration, sociology, health, cultural studies, organizational development and organizational theory. It further offers students guidance for research design and dissertation research.

Research Methods and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences

Author: Thomas R. Herzog

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780673991065

Category: Psychology

Page: 378

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Employing a clear, straightforward framework, this text focuses on the types of data most commonly produced by the basic research methods of observation, survey, and experiment, the text pairs each method chapter with a chapter on the analysis of the types of results usually obtained with that type of research.

Research in Practice

Applied Methods for the Social Sciences

Author: Martin Terre Blanche,Kevin Durrheim,Desmond Painter

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713694

Category: Social Science

Page: 594

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A major shift in research methodology from technical to more contextual and pragmatic approaches, this thorough resource incorporates new trends while also providing comprehensive coverage of the full range of established research approaches and techniques, skillfully combining epistemology, methodology, statistics, and application in a volume that is both sophisticated and practical. Placing a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary and applied research skills, this guide encourages the concurrent use of qualitative and quantitative methods and explores such complex topics as ethical issues in social science research; inferential statistical methods; and Marxist, feminist, and black scholarship perspectives.

Essentials of Research Methods in Human Sciences

Author: Jari Metsamuuronen

Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited

ISBN: 9789386042965

Category: Social Science

Page: 1888

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Watch Jari Metsamuuronen talk about Essentials of Research Methods in Human Sciences These books, as a whole, serve as a “one-stop-shop” or “all-in-one guide” in introducing those at the very beginning of research, beginner university students, distance education students and students in vocational higher education (polytechnics), to the world of basic research methodology – to both the basic qualitative and quantitative methodology. At the same time, the books suits for non-mathematician and non-statistician professional researchers, professors, and lecturers of varied disciplines by providing a practical understanding of tens of possibilities of analysing the dataset. These provide a step-by-step guidance on running of statistical analyses with SPSS dialogue boxes, interpretation of results. The set is divided into three volumes: Volume 1: Elementary Basics leads the beginners into the basics – of research as a process, test construction, qualitative research, statistical description and – inference as well as into the basics of futures studies. Volume 2: Multivariate Analysis teaches analyzing the quantitative dataset with the classical multivariate methods, such as Regression analysis, Factor analysis, Analysis of Variance, and Discrimination – and Classification analysis. The practical part is illustrated by using SPSS software. Volume 3: Advanced Analysis teaches advanced methods in analyzing a quantitative dataset, with Non-parametric statistics, Experimental studies, Multi-level modeling, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Path Modeling as well as Survival analysis. These are the FIRST English language editions of the original Finnish handbook (4th edition of which was published in 2011), which is used as a textbook in almost all universities in Finland and in 26 different domains including Education, Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Marketing, Statistics, Military, and Sports. It has served the Finnish readers as a “one-stop shop” guide for scholars at UG level, distance education and in vocational higher education; faculty and professional researchers of varied disciplines; and also to those seeking a practical understanding of analyzing the dataset.

Applied Social Research

Author: NA Hall,Ralph Hall

Publisher: Macmillan Education AU

ISBN: 9781420256123

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Applied Social Research focuses on the real world context of applied research. It discusses the often overlooked, yet essential process of planning: poor planning inevitably produces inadequate research. The text helps researchers decide how to approach their applied research problems and to think through the major issues in the design and analysis of their project. 'Applied Social Research' also discussed the idea that in applied social research the use of a single method type is unlikely to provide answers to the often complex set of research questions being addressed and highlights the benefits of using two or more research methods in the one study. The author argues that such mixed method designs are becoming widely used in applied social research, particularly where the methods combine qualitative and quantitative data, thereby enabling a richer set of data to provide various perspectives on the research topic, removing limitations imposed by using single methods. Examples of such designs are provided throughout, useful mixed method designs are outlined and their advantages discussed.

The Behavioral and Social Sciences

Achievements and Opportunities

Author: Committee on Basic Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences,Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309542782

Category: Science

Page: 279

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This volume explores the scientific frontiers and leading edges of research across the fields of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, history, business, education, geography, law, and psychiatry, as well as the newer, more specialized areas of artificial intelligence, child development, cognitive science, communications, demography, linguistics, and management and decision science. It includes recommendations concerning new resources, facilities, and programs that may be needed over the next several years to ensure rapid progress and provide a high level of returns to basic research.

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

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.

Media Research Techniques

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761915379

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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Arthur Asa Berger's essential guide to undertaking applied or practical research in media studies is designed to provide introductory techniques that allow students to engage immediately in their own research projects. In so doing, students learn various ways of conducting communication research both in theory and practice. In response to suggestions from users of the First Edition, Berger has added new chapters in each of the following areas: experimentation, historical research, comparative research and participant observation.

Basic Legal Research for Criminal Justice and the Social Sciences

Author: James R. Acker

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 9780834210134

Category: Law

Page: 426

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This essential primer on legal research is written specifically for criminal justice and social sciences students. The book's basic, how-to approach makes it suitable not only as a guiding text for research courses, but also as a key supplementary text for courses in which legal research is a secondary requirement. Stripped of the cumbersome information found in similar texts for legal students, this slim essentials book gives criminal justice and social sciences students the tools they need for successful research.