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Research Foundations
How Do We Know What We Know?



November 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Designing research can be daunting and disorienting for novices.  After experiencing this first-hand, the author has written a book that shows how to mentally frame research in a way that is understandable and approachable while also discussing some of the more specific issues that will aid the reader in understanding the options available when pursuing their research.  Stressing the link between research and theory-building, this concise book shows students how new knowledge is discovered through the process of research. The author presents a model that ties together research processes across the various traditions and shows how different types of research interrelate.

The book is sophisticated in its presentation, but uses plain language to provide an explanation of higher-level concepts in an engaging manner. Throughout the book, the author treats research methodologies as a blueprint for  answering a wide range of interesting questions, rather than simply a set of tools to be applied. The book is an excellent guide for students who will be consumers of research and who need to understand how theory and research interrelate.

“The author did an excellent job on this text. This text is the missing link in explaining research methodologies. His comparison/contrasts are excellent. Moreover, the author provides interesting alternatives and discusses how each alternative might improve the validity of research.”

 —James Anthos, South University, Columbia    

“…With only six chapters, the text can be covered in a short time allowing for students to spend the majority of their time investigating social issues and developing research.  Students who read and understand this book will have the knowledge and resources to cover material they are unfamiliar with.”

 —R. David Frantzreb II, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

“I am looking for something just like this that is not overbearing for the student but will complement the supplementary material and resources that I am using with my students.  I think the coverage is broad enough that I could use it with all of my groups.”

 —Karen Larwin, Youngstown State University

“…I think the author’s emphasis on demonstrating the relationship between theory and research is terribly important and understated in so many other texts.  I also think that in the hands of competent professors, it can be supplemented with other sources to help students learn while not being encumbered financially with an expensive tome for which they may only use a fraction of it.”

 —John R. Mitrano, Central Connecticut State University


 
Part I. Overview
 
1. Visualizing Research
 
Part II: Getting to Causal Theory
 
2. Finding and Organizing Information
 
3. Causal Theory
 
Part III. Verifying Theory
 
4. Preparing to Test Hypotheses
 
5. Testing Hypotheses
 
Part IV. Using Theory
 
6. Applying Theory and Evaluating the "Real World"

This will be a great text for beginning master's students in research methods. I love the way the author integrates quantitative and qualitative traditions and concepts, and I appreciate tremendously the author's holistic approach.

Elvinet S. Piard
Indiana University East

“This book is comprehensive, covering the general philosophy of research, the methodological requirements and options, and the methods for drawing conclusions. I very much appreciate the integration of the qualitative methodologies into the general conversation of knowledge creation.”

Paul C. Boyd
Johnson & Wales University

“The author did an excellent job on this text. This text is the missing link in explaining research methodologies. His comparison/contrasts are excellent. Moreover, the author provides interesting alternatives and discusses how each alternative might improve the validity of research.”

James Anthos
South University, Columbia

“…With only six chapters, the text can be covered in a short time allowing for students to spend the majority of their time investigating social issues and developing research.  Students who read and understand this book will have the knowledge and resources to cover material they are unfamiliar with.”

R. David Frantzreb II
University of North Carolina - Charlotte

“I am looking for something just like this that is not overbearing for the student but will complement the supplementary material and resources that I am using with my students…. I am very impressed with the link between research and theory building.”

Karen Larwin
Youngstown State University

“I think the author’s emphasis on demonstrating the relationship between theory and research is terribly important and understated in so many other texts…. His accessible writing style and use of both classic and timely examples is also a strength. He is in touch with the concerns that students typically have when taking a research methods course.”

John R. Mitrano
Central Connecticut State University

selected others

Professor Valli Kanuha
Sociology Dept, University Of Hawaii-Manoa
March 10, 2015
Key features
• Two unique chapters—one focusing exclusively on the relationship between research and theory-building and the other focusing on the role of applied theory—set the book apart from others in the field.
• The book’s streamlined macro to micro approach highlights major concepts without becoming bogged down in details.
• As many figures as possible are used to explain key concepts.
• A comprehensive, original glossary defines key methodological terms.
• End-of-chapter questions and prompts help readers to master key concepts.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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