Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use
- Liahna Gordon - California State University, Chico, USA
Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use is an innovative text that takes a holistic approach to the subject by discussing each step in the research process within the context of a particular method. With no generalizations about concepts that apply to only some research methods but not others, students can jump into the first research method within the first two weeks of class. After an overview of data collection in the first chapter, subsequent chapters focus on eight specific quantitative and qualitative methods most frequently used in sociology. The Second Edition includes a new chapter on focus groups, updated “Real Research” profiles of individuals using research methods in a wide range of careers, and examples of common student errors to streamline learning.
I like several things about this text, including its accessibility (in terms of content), the emphasis on real research, the focus on ethics and the price point. That said, it doesn't cover a sufficient breath of research methods to make it a stand alone text for an International Studies course in methods. I will probably use a course pack or open access materials the next time I teach the class.