Explorations in Social Research
Qualitative and Quantitative Applications
ISBN13: 9780195329650ISBN10: 0195329651 Paperback, 236 pages
Jan 1994, In Stock
Retail Price to Students:$59.95 (04)
236 pages; 7-3/16 x 9-3/16; ISBN13: 978-0-19-532965-0ISBN10: 0-19-532965-1
Featuring real-life research examples and exercises, this book offers opportunities for hands-on practice in conducting and applying social science research.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The World of Research
Chapter 2. From Mental Health to Gender Equity: Selecting Research Topics
Research Brief: Mental Illness and the Homeless
Tools and Data: Selecting a Topic in Order to Obtain Federal Funding for Research
Application: How Specific Can You Get?
Chapter 3. Which Approach to Use: Choices and Constraints
Research Brief: Do Women on Welfare Keep Having Babies in Order to Continue Collecting Welfare?
Tools and Data: Communication: The Key to a Good Relationship
Application: Program Evaluation Design
Chapter 4. "What Are You Thinking About?" Conceptualization and Measurement
Research Brief: The Three Faces of Racism
Tools and Data: Conceptualizing and Measuring Intimacy
Applications: 1. Conceptualization 2. Measurement
Chapter 5. "How Are You Feeling Today?" Operationalization and Instrumentation
Research Brief: Death and Dying in the Medical Environment
Tools and Data: The First Draft
Application: Guttman Scale
Chapter 6. How Do We Deal With the Inevitable Error? Validity and Reliability
Research Brief: A Researcher's Nightmare
Tools and Data: Does Getting to Know Your Sample Help?
Application: Testing for Validity and Reliability in a Crisis Situation
Chapter 7. How Many? The Science and Art of Sampling
Research Brief: Getting Beyond the White and Middle-Class Experience
Tools and Data: "Hello, This Is City Hall Calling"
Chapter 8. "This Will Just Take A Few Minutes of Your Time": Surveys
Research Brief: A New Look at the Effects of Divorce on Children
Tools and Data: Survey Preparation
Applications: 1. Survey Administration--Method Effectiveness
2. Survey Administration--Interviewer Bias
Chapter 9. Where the Action Is: Field Research
Research Brief: Being "Inside and Outside" as a Participant Observer
Tools and Data: First Day On the Job
Application: Field Research
Chapter 10. "Wanted: Subjects for Experimental Study": Experiments and Quasi-Experiments
Research Brief: "L.A. Law"--Stay Tuned for the Next Episode
Tools and Data: Assigning Blame for Rape
Application: Experimental and Comparison Groups
Chapter 11. Thumbs Up or Down? Evaluation and Applied Research
Research Brief: "And One More Thing. . ."
Tools and Data: Can the Racial Attitudes of Elementary School Students be Changed?
Application: Measuring Program Effectiveness
Chapter 12. No-Contact Research: Unobtrusive Methods
Research Brief: Where Are Women and Minorities in the Computer Revolution?
Tools and Data: Using Historical Records to Expose the Myth of the Absent Family
Application: Content Analysis Project
Chapter 13. The Lab Work of the Social Researcher: Data Preparation
Research Brief: Coding Challenges of Unstructured Interviews
Tools and Data: "Dirty Data"
Application: Codebook Construction
Chapter 14. In Pursuit of Patterns: Data Analysis
Research Brief: Do "Only Children" Have an Advantage?
Tools and Data: Stealing on the Job
Application: What Are the Trends?
Chapter 15. "As I Was Saying. . .": Communication of Findings
Research Brief: Contrasting Two Approaches
Tools and Data: "We Do Not, at This Time, Offer Any Solutions. . ."
Application: Scholarly Journals versus Magazines
Chapter 16. Spotlight on Social Researchers