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Introduction to Research Methods
A Hands-On Approach

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August 2017 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With clear, engaging, and humorous prose, Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-on Approach offers readers an applied introduction to the exciting world of social science research. Using real, annotated research examples, the text invites readers to see research as a dynamic conversation on timely topics that are relevant to their lives.

 

Robust pedagogy, practical tips, and FREE instructor and student online resources provide extensive support for a successful hands-on experience with research.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1 • The Purpose of Research
Chapter Outline  
Scientific Research and Its Purpose  
Theories of Knowledge  
A Quick Look at Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods  
Ethical Research  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 2 • Formulating a Research Question
Chapter Outline  
Choosing a Research Topic  
Operationalization of Constructs  
Types of Variables  
Types of Hypotheses  
Visualizing a Research Question  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 3 • Researching and Writing the Literature Review
Chapter Outline  
Defining a Literature Review  
Exploring the Literature  
Understanding and Organizing the Literature  
Thinking Critically  
Hypotheses  
Systematic Reviews of Literature  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 4 • Quantitative Designs
Chapter Outline  
Categorizations of Research Studies  
Cross-Sectional Versus Longitudinal Studies  
Causality in Research  
Experimental Designs  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 5 • Measurement Errors, Reliability, Validity
Chapter Outline  
Measurement Errors  
Reliability  
Validity  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 6 • Sampling
Chapter Outline  
Defining Sampling  
Probability and Non-Probability Sampling  
Types of Non-Probability Sampling  
Types of Probability Sampling  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 7 • Data Collection for Quantitative Research
Chapter Outline  
Experimental Research  
Quasi-Experimental Research  
Preparing and Collecting Data Through Questionnaires  
Methods of Data Collection  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 8 • Secondary Data
Chapter Outline  
Benefits of Using Secondary Data  
Major Sources of Secondary Data  
Disadvantages of Secondary Data  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 9 • Entering and Organizing Quantitative Data
Chapter Outline  
The Purpose of Entering and Organizing Quantitative Data  
Preparing for Data Entry  
Organizing and Inputting Variables  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 10 • Analyzing Quantitative Data
Chapter Outline  
Analyzing Quantitative Data  
Univariate Analysis  
Graphical Representation of Data  
Measures of Central Tendency  
Bivariate Analysis  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 11 • Qualitative Designs and Data Collection: Understanding What Behavior Means in Context
Chapter Outline  
An Introduction to Qualitative Research Designs  
Ways of Collecting Qualitative Data  
Unobtrusive Methods and Additional Sources of Qualitative Data  
Mixed Methods  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
About the Chapter Contributor  
 
Chapter 12 • Entering, Coding, and Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter Outline  
Enter, Clean, and Organize Qualitative Data  
Coding Qualitative Data  
Analyzing Qualitative Data  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 13 • Results and Discussion
Chapter Outline  
Reporting Results  
Results in Quantitative Studies  
Results in Qualitative Studies  
Visually Presenting Results  
Discussion  
Recommendations  
Summary  
Key Term  
Taking a Step Further  
 
Chapter 14 • Presenting Your Research
Chapter Outline  
Presenting Your Findings to an Audience  
Applying to Conferences  
Publishing an Article  
Summary  
 
Taking a Step Further
 
References
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Author

Supplements

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Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • A conversational and jargon-free writing style brings the relevance of research to life.
  • Research in Action features illustrate real, annotated research examples, giving students the skills to read and interpret research they may encounter in their everyday lives.
  • Research Workshop features offer step-by-step help on practical topics that extend beyond the chapter to provide hands-on tips for students conducting their own research.
  • Ethical considerations within each chapter address different aspects of research to emphasize ethics as an integral part of the research conversation.
  • Chapter pedagogy includes summaries, key terms, photos, and “Taking It a Step Further” questions to extend understanding and application of text concepts.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Purpose of Research

Chapter 14: Presenting Your Research


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ISBN: 9781483386959