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Basics of Social Research W. Lawrence Neuman

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Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: United States Edition by W. Lawrence Neuman

Briefer, paperback text, adapted from Neuman's Social Research Methods, Sixth Edition.

Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, this discusses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches.

About W. Lawrence Neuman

W. Lawrence Neuman James is professor of sociology and Asian Studies coordinator at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His M.A. and Ph.D. were earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has authored seven books and published 35 articles and book chapters, which have appeared in Social Problems, Sociological Inquiry, Social Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Critical Asian Studies, Teaching Sociology, The Journal of Contemporary Asia, Sociological Quarterly, and other journals . He is a former president of the Wisconsin Sociological Association. Neuman has received his university's highest award for research, the Chancellor's Award for service to students with disabilities, as well as the the Wisconsin Sociological Association's Outstanding Service Award, and the College of Letters and Sciences awards for outstanding teaching, excellence in research, and outstanding service.

Table of Contents

Each chapter includes Introduction and Conclusion.

I. FOUNDATIONS.

1. Doing Social Research.

Alternatives to Social Research.

How Science Works.

Steps in the Research Process

Dimensions of Research

2. Theory and Research.

What Is Theory?

The Parts of Theory.

The Aspects of Theory.The Three Major Approaches to Social Science

The Dynamic Duo.

3. Ethics in Social Research

Why Be Ethical?

Power Relations.

Ethical Issues Involving Research Participants.

Ethics and the Scientific Community.

Ethics and the Sponsors of Research.

Politics of Research.

Value Free and Objective Research.

4. Reviewing the Scholarly Literature and Planning a Study.

Literature Review.

Using the Internet for Social Research.

Qualitative and Quantitative Orientations Toward Research.

Qualitative Design Issues.

Quantitative Design Issues.

II. CONDUCTING QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH.

5. Formulating Hypotheses and Measuring Variables.

Why Measure?

Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement

Parts of the Measurement Process.

Reliability and Validity.

A Guide to Quantitative Measurement.

Index Construction.

Scales.

6. Sampling

Nonprobability Sampling.

Probability Sampling.

7. Survey Research.

The Logic of Survey Research.

Constructing the Questionnaire.

Types of Surveys: Advantages and Disadvantages.

Interviewing.

The Ethical Survey.

8. Experimental Research

Random Assignment.

Experimental Design Logic.

Internal and External Validity.

Practical Considerations.

Results of Experimental Research: Making Comparisons.

A Word on Ethics.

9. Non-Reactive Research and Secondary Analysis.

Nonreactive Measurement.

Content Analysis.

Existing Statistics/Documents and Secondary Analysis.

Issues of Inference and Theory Testing

10. Analysis of Quantitative Data

Dealing with Data.

Results with One Variable.

Results with Two Variables.

More Than Two Variables.

Inferential Statistics.

III. CONDUCTING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.

11. Field Research.

The Logic of Field Research.

Choosing a Site and Gaining Access.

Relations in the Field.

Observing and Collecting Data.

The Field Research Interview.

Leaving the Field.

Ethical Dilemmas of Field Research.

12. Historical-Comparative Research.

The Logic of Historical Comparative Research.

Steps in a Historical-Comparative Research Project.

Data and Evidence in Historical Context.

Comparative Research.

Equivalence in Historical Comparative Research.Ethics

13. Analysis of Qualitative Data

Comparing Methods of Data Analysis.

Coding and Concept Formation.

Analytic Strategies for Qualitative Data.

Other Techniques.

IV. WRITING A RESEARCH REPORT.

14. Writing a Research Report.

The Research Report.

Glossary.BibliographyName IndexSubject IndexScholarly Journals in the Social Sciences in English

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CIN0205484379G
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Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches: United States Edition by W. Lawrence Neuman
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