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|Learning about the Social World|
|Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?|
|How Well Have We Done Our Research?|
|What Is the Question?|
|What Is the Theory?|
|What Is the Strategy?|
|What Is the Design?|
|But Is It Ethical?|
|What Do We Have in Mind?|
|How Will We Know When We’ve Found It?|
|How Much Information Do We Really Have?|
|Did We Measure What We Wanted to Measure?|
|How Do We Prepare to Sample?|
|What Sampling Method Should We Use?|
|What Causes What?|
|What If a True Experiment Isn’t Possible?|
|What Are the Threats to Validity in Experiments?|
|How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?|
|Why Is Survey Research So Popular?|
|How Should We Write Survey Questions?|
|How Should Questionnaires Be Designed?|
|What Are the Alternatives for Administering Surveys?|
|A Comparison of Survey Designs|
|Ethical Issues in Survey Research|
|Why Do Statistics?|
|How to Prepare Data for Analysis|
|What Are the Options for Displaying Distributions?|
|What Are the Options for Summarizing Distributions?|
|How Can We Tell Whether Two Variables Are Related?|
|Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics|
|What Are Qualitative Methods?|
|How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?|
|How Do You Conduct Intensive Interviews?|
|How Do You Run Focus Groups?|
|Analyzing Qualitative Data|
|Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research|
|What Is Distinctive About Qualitative Data Analysis?|
|What Techniques Do Qualitative Data Analysts Use?|
|What Are Some Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis?|
|Why Are Mixed Methods Helpful?|
|How Can Computers Assist Qualitative Data Analysis?|
|What Ethical Issues Arise in Doing Qualitative Data Analysis?|
|What Is the History of Evaluation Research?|
|What Is Evaluation Research?|
|What Are the Alternatives in Evaluation Designs?|
|What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?|
|Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research|
|Comparing Research Designs|
|Proposing New Research|
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