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Making Sense of the Social World

Making Sense of the Social World
Methods of Investigation

Sixth Edition

December 2018 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Chapter 1: Science, Society, and Social Research
Learning About the Social World  
Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?  
How Well Have We Done Our Research?  
Chapter 2: The Process and Problems of Social Research
What is the Question?  
What is the Theory?  
What is the Strategy?  
What is the Design?  
Chapter 3: Ethics in Research
Historical Background  
Ethical Principles  
Chapter 4: Conceptualization and Measurement
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?  
Chapter 5: Sampling and Generalizability
How Do We Prepare to Sample?  
What Sampling Method Should We Use?  
Chapter 6: Causation and Experimental Design
Causal Explanation  
What Causes What?  
Why Experiment?  
What If a True Experiment Isn’t Possible?  
What Are the Threats to Validity?  
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?  
Chapter 7: Survey Research
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  
Chapter 8: Elementary Quantitative Data Analysis
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?  
Secondary Data Analysis  
Big Data  
Big Data, Big Ethics Issues  
Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
What are Qualitative Methods?  
How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?  
How Do You Conduct Intensive Interviews?  
How Do You Run Focus Groups?  
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research  
Chapter 10: Qualitative Data Analysis
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?  
Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Measures
Creative Sources  
Content Analysis  
Historical Methods  
Comparative Methods  
Ethical Issues in Unobtrusive Methods  
Chapter 12: Evaluation Research
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  
Chapter 13: Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research
Comparing Research Designs  
Reviewing Research  
Proposing New Research  
Reporting Research  

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