This introductory text presents basic principles of social science research through maps, graphs, and diagrams. The authors show how concept maps and mind maps can be used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, using student-friendly examples and classroom-based activities. Integrating theory and practice, chapters show how to use these tools to plan research projects, "see" analysis strategies, and assist in the development and writing of research reports.
CHAPTER 1. Visualizing Social Science Research
CHAPTER 2. Concept Maps and Mind Maps: Theory, Definitions, and Utility
CHAPTER 3. Using Concept Maps in Quantitative Social Science Research
CHAPTER 4. Using Mind Maps in Qualitative Research
CHAPTER 5. Using Maps in Mixed Methods Research
CHAPTER 6. Putting It All Together: Using Maps and Diagrams to Write Up and Reflect Upon Your Project
CHAPTER 7. Limitations, Considerations, and New Directions in Social Science Research