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Investigating the Social World - International Student Edition

Investigating the Social World - International Student Edition
The Process and Practice of Research

Ninth Edition (International Student Edition)

March 2018 | 728 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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In the Ninth Edition of his leading social research text, Russell K. Schutt, an award-winning researcher and teacher, continues to make the field come alive with current, compelling examples of high quality research and the latest innovations in research methodology, along with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the logic and techniques of social science research. Through numerous hands-on exercises that promote learning by doing, Investigating the Social World helps students to understand research methods as an integrated whole. Using examples from research on contemporary social issues, the text underscores the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and the need to make ethical research decisions. Investigating the Social World develops the critical skills necessary to evaluate published research, and to carry out one’s own original research.


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About the Author
Section I. Foundations for Social Research
1. Science, Society, and Social Research
Learning About the Social World

Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World

Science and Social Science

Strengths and Limitations of Social Research

Alternative Research Orientations


2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
Social Research Questions

Social Theories

Social Research Foundations

Social Research Strategies

Social Research Organizations

Social Research Standards


3. Research Ethics and Research Proposals
Historical Background

Ethical Principles

The Institutional Review Board

Social Research Proposals


Section II. Fundamentals of Social Research
4. Conceptualization and Measurement

From Concepts to Indicators

From Observations to Concepts


Levels of Measurement

Evaluating Measures


5. Sampling and Generalizability
Sample Planning

Sampling Methods

Sampling Distributions


6. Research Design and Causation
Research Design Alternatives

Criteria and Cautions for Nomothetic Causal Explanations

Comparing Research Designs


Section III. Basic Social Research Design
7. Experiments
History of Experimentation

True Experiments


Validity in Experiments

Ethical Issues in Experimental


8. Survey Research
Survey Research in the Social Sciences

Writing Survey Questions

Combining Questions in Indexes

Designing Questionnaires

Organizing Surveys

Ethical Issues in Survey Research


9. Quantitative Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics

Preparing for Data Analysis

Displaying Univariate Distributions

Summarizing Univariate Distributions

Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics

Cross-Tabulating Variables

Regression Analysis

Performing Meta-Analyses

Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships


10. Qualitative Methods
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods

Participant Observation

Intensive Interviewing

Interviewing Online

Focus Groups

Generalizability in Qualitative Research

Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research


11. Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis

Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis

Alternatives in Qualitative Data

Visual Sociology

Systematic Observation

Participatory Action Research

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis


Section IV. Complex Social Research Designs
12. Mixed Methods
History of Mixed Methods

Types of Mixed Methods

Strengths and Limitations of Mixed Methods

Ethics and Mixed Methods


13. Evaluation and Policy Research
History of Evaluation Research

Evaluation Basics

Questions for Evaluation Research

Design Decisions

Policy Research

Ethics in Evaluation


14. Research Using Secondary Data and “Big” Data
Secondary Data Sources

Challenges for Secondary Data Analyses

Big Data

Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Big Data


15. Research Using Historical and Comparative Data and Content Analysis
Overview of Historical and Comparative Research Methods

Historical Social Science Methods

Comparative Social Science Methods

Demographic Analysis

Content Analysis

Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research and Content Analysis


16. Summarizing and Reporting Research
Writing Research

Displaying Research

Reporting Research

Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports


Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix C: Table of Random Numbers


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