–Sarah El Sayed, University of Texas at Arlington
Designing Experiments for the Social Sciences: How to Plan, Create, and Execute Research Using Experiments is a practical, applied text for courses in experimental design. The text assumes that students have just a basic knowledge of the scientific method, and no statistics background is required. With its focus on how to effectively design experiments, rather than how to analyze them, the book concentrates on the stage where researchers are making decisions about procedural aspects of the experiment before interventions and treatments are given.
Renita Coleman walks readers step-by-step on how to plan and execute experiments from the beginning by discussing choosing and collecting a sample, creating the stimuli and questionnaire, doing a manipulation check or pre-test, analyzing the data, and understanding and interpreting the results. Guidelines for deciding which elements are best used in the creation of a particular kind of experiment are also given. This title offers rich pedagogy, ethical considerations, and examples pertinent to all social science disciplines.
|Experiments Compared to Other Methods|
|Basic Criteria for Experiments|
|Elements of Experiments|
|Starting a Study of Your Own|
|The Scurvy Studies|
|The Contributions of Charles Peirce|
|Ronald Fisher’s Plots and Tea|
|B. F. Skinner: Small Samples, High Tech|
|Stanley Milgram Shocks the World|
|Philip Zimbardo: Raising Consciences in a Stanford Basement|
|The Literature Review|
|Hypotheses and Research Questions|
|Campbell and Stanley’s Typology of Experiments|
|Ecological and External Validity|
|Cause and Effect|
|How Subjects Are Used in Designs|
|The Purpose of Random Assignment|
|Operationalizing Random Assignment|
|Reporting Random Assignment|
|Balanced and Unbalanced Designs|
|Checking That Random Assignment Was Effective|
|Blocking, Matching, and Other Strategies|
|Random Assignment of Other Things|
|Random Assignment Resistance|
|Amazon’s Mechanical Turk|
|Other Subject Sources|
|Sample Size and Power|
|Examples of Stimuli|
|Advice on Creating Stimuli|
|Reporting the Stimuli and Manipulation Checks|
|Institutional Review Boards|
|Ethical Issues in Experiments|
Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
- Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
- Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:
- Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter is included.