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Visualizing Social Science Research

Visualizing Social Science Research
Maps, Methods, & Meaning

July 2011 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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

Very useful way of presenting research to students.

Dr Scott Buckler
Education , Worcester Univ.
February 17, 2014

A bit overwrought. Also, the way it talks about students makes it clear it is only meant for instructors. Frankly my students would be insulted by some of the assumptions asserted about students. Also, it's approach to concept mapping is quite a bit different than mine, which is more using it as a pragmatic tool for organizing thinking, research and planning practical action, not so much for generating data.

Dr Chris London
Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University
September 12, 2012

A useful text to support researchers who want an introduction in to how to use and analyse visual methods for data collection.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 6, 2012

Interesting book so I have added to my recommended books. My current book is Educational Research (Gall, Gall, Borg)

Dr Robert Dedrick
Educational Measure Rsrch Dept, University of South Florida
May 8, 2012
Key features
  • Includes visual maps throughout, offering a unique way to understand the processes of social science research and underlying key concepts
  • Presents Research Examples drawn from a number of disciplines, illustrating the relationships between theory, methodology, and methods
  • Provides a Student Activity section in each chapter to review key concepts, gather data, and reflect upon ideas and arguments within the text
  • Offers guidance on writing student research papers including the importance of literature reviews, acknowledging limitations, and tips for effective scholarly writing (in Chapter 6)
  • Includes a final chapter on the future of social science research, with a discussion of the role of systematic review and the value of participatory action research to guide evidence-based policy-making

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