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A Practical Introduction to Real-World Research
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This practical text combines social research methods with coverage of statistical analysis to help students develop the applied research skills needed for future careers in public and private organizations, while also delivering a solid foundation for those going on to graduate school.

Throughout the book, the author offers a real-world example and then breaks it down into a decision tree, which helps lead students to a possible statistical decision (rather than starting with the statistic). This text gives students a toolbox of the most common and in-demand skills and demonstrates how those skills can be used to make the best research decisions. The book takes students through the entire real-world research process, from the formation of a research topic to measurement and sampling, to methods for gathering information and making sense of the data, and finally presenting to a non-academic audience in a way that “gets the job done.”  


 
Part I: Establishing the Issue
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to research
 
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Topics, Literature Reviews, and Hypotheses
 
Part II: Setting the Foundation for Observation
 
Chapter 3: Ethics in Research
 
Chapter 4: Measurement
 
Chapter 5: Sampling
 
Part III: Methods of Gathering Information
 
Chapter 6: Experiments
 
Chapter 7: Surveys
 
Chapter 8: Qualitative Approaches
 
Chapter 9: Evaluation Research
 
Part IV: Making Sense and Presenting the Information
 
Chapter 10: Preparing Quantitative Data
 
Chapter 11: Descriptive Statistics
 
Chapter 12: Confidence Intervals and One-Sample Hypothesis Testing
 
Chapter 13: Hypothesis Testing with Two or More Samples
 
Chapter 14: Finding the Degree of Association and Prediction
 
Chapter 15: Data Presentation and Writing Results
 
Chapter 16: Qualitative Analysis

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Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Common methodologies that span a variety of social science arenas such as social work, criminal justice, mental health, and general sociology, prepare students for real-world research in their chosen fields.
  • Chapters relating to methodology include either a summary feature to aid in decision making and/or a section on common methodological challenges along with some suggestions for how to address these challenges in the real world.  
  • Decision trees throughout the book focus on a particular choice that researchers make in the course of their work and walk readers through the consequences and outcomes of each step.
  • A focus on how to make statistical decisions rather than on how to calculate the decided statistic by hand gives students the tools they need to analyze a greater variety of statistics.
  • Practical skills for sharing results formally or informally with colleagues and presenting research to different audiences, such as funding agencies, the media, or the general public, prepare students for their future careers.
  • A focus on statistical decisions and how to run the decided statistic in SPSS and R provides coverage of statistics that are useful in the real world.
  • A strong discussion of how to do a literature review helps students understand the structure of a scholarly paper.
  • Guidance on running the statistical tests covered in Chapters 11-14 in both SPSS and R is provided in an appendix, and GSS datasets prepared for importing into SPSS and R are included on the accompanying website.

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