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Research Design in Social Research


© 2001 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With this book David de Vaus has written one of the best general research methods textbooks around. The use of different types of research design as the point of departure is a different and very helpful approach to take, especially since many textbooks confuse issues of method and design. The author outlines with great clarity a wide variety of issues, including testing theories, causation, data analysis, and the main considerations involved in using the different research designs covered. Both students and their instructors will find this an extremely valuable, well-written book' - Alan Bryman, University of Loughborough
 
PART ONE: WHAT IS RESEARCH DESIGN?
 
The Context of Design
 
Tools for Research Design
 
Causation and the Logic of Research Design
 
PART TWO: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS
 
Types of Experimental Design
 
Issues in Experimental Design
 
Analyzing Experimental Data
 
PART THREE: LONGITUDINAL DESIGNS
 
Types of Longitudinal Design
 
Issues in Longitudinal Design
 
Data Analysis in Longitudinal Design
 
PART FOUR: CROSS-SECTIONAL DESIGNS
 
Cross-Sectional Design
 
Issues in Cross-Sectional Design
 
Cross-Sectional Analysis
 
PART FIVE: CASE STUDY DESIGNS
 
Case Study Design
 
Issues in Case Study Design
 
Case Study Analysis

'With this book David De Vaus has written one of the best general research methods textbooks around. The use of different types of research design as the point of departure is a different and very helpful approach to take, especially since many textbooks confuse issues of method and design. The author outlines with great clarity a wide variety of issues, including testing theories, causation, data analysis, and the main considerations involved in using the different research designs covered. Both students and their instructors will find this an extremely valuable, well-written book' - Professor Alan Bryman, University of Loughborough


I like the clarity of exposition in this book. Issues are presented quite straightforward and then deeper discussion of different points follows. The same structure is repeated for each type of design. For me as an instructor it would make a good complement to S. Gorard’s manual (Research Design). De Vaus’ manual is organized in a more traditional way, discussing each “typical” research design in deep. However, I find that most of the examples are just quantitative and that implicitly contradict the explicit idea that qualitative and quantitative data and techniques are equally valuable and useful. Contradicting this statement, each typical design (except for case studies) has a chapter discussing statistical issues specific to that particular design. Implicitly, this also suggests that quantitative data and techniques are the usual, logical, or best way. For case studies, however, it seems that unstructured or qualitative data is the norm.

Ms Antonia Maria Ruiz Jimenez
Sociology, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla
August 6, 2015

A useful tool to assist any new researcher embarking on a project. This has helped students find their way around the theory connected with social research.

Mrs Michelle Grainger
Sheffield Centre, LifeSkills
March 28, 2014

Excellent guide to research methods. Essential reading for post graduate research students.

Mrs Lynn Swift
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 5, 2014

Very good Research Design book. Precise, concise and easily understandable. The best I could find for my needs.

Mr Sebastian Koehler
Faculty of Social Science, University of Mannheim
December 16, 2013

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