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The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods

Second Edition


© 2009 | 680 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods provides students and researchers with the most comprehensive resource covering core methods, research designs, and data collection, management, and analysis issues. This thoroughly revised edition continues to place critical emphasis on finding the tools that best fit the research question given the constraints of deadlines, budget, and available staff. Each chapter offers guidance on how to make intelligent and conscious tradeoffs so that one can refine and hone the research question as new knowledge is gained, unanticipated obstacles are encountered, or contextual shifts take place.

Each chapter has been enhanced pedagogically to include more step-by-step procedures, more practical examples from various settings to illustrate the method, parameters to define when the method is most appropriate and when it is not appropriate. The editors also include numerous graphs, models, tip boxes to provide teaching and learning tools.

Key Features of the Second Edition

  • Emphasizes applying research techniques, particularly in "real-world" settings in which there are various data, money, time, and political constraints
  • Contains new chapters on mixed methods, qualitative comparative analysis, concept mapping, and internet data collection
  • Offers a newly developed section that serves as a guide for students who are attempting to translate the content in the chapters into action

Intended Audience

This Handbook is appropriate for introductory and intermediate research methods courses that focus intently on practical applications and a survey of the many methods available to budding researchers.

 
INTRODUCTION
Leonard Bickman & Debra J. Rog
WHY A HANDBOOK OF APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH?
 
PART I. APPROACHES TO APPLIED RESEARCH
Leonard Bickman & Debra J. Rog
1. Applied Research Design
Mark W. Lipsey & Sean M. Hurley
2. Design Sensitivity: Statistical Power for Applied Experimental Research
Gary T. Henry
3. Practical Sampling
Joan E. Sieber
4. Planning Ethically Responsible Research
 
PART II. APPLIED RESEARCH DESIGNS
Robert F. Boruch, David Weisburd, Herbert M.Turner III, Allison Karpyn & Julia Littell
5. Randomized Controlled Trials for Evaluation and Planning
Melvin A. Mark & Charles S. Reichardt
6. Quasi-experimentation
Joseph A. Maxwell
7. Designing a Qualitative Study
Robert K. Yin
8. How to Do Better Case Studies (with Illustrations from 20 Exemplary Case Studies)
Abbas Tashakkori & Charles Teddlie
9. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Research
Michael I. Harrison
10. Organizational Diagnosis
Harris M. Cooper, Erika A. Patall & James J. Lindsay
11. Research Synthesis and Meta-analysis
 
PART III. PRACTICAL DATA COLLECTION
Floyd J. Fowler Jr. & Carol Cosenza
12. Design and Evaluation of Survey Questions
Samuel J. Best & Chase H. Harrison
13. Internet Survey Methods
Mary Kane & William Trochim
14. Concept Mapping for Applied Social Research
Thomas W. Mangione & Janet H. Van Ness
15. Mail Surveys
Paul J. Lavrakas
16. Methods for Sampling and Interviewing in Telephone Surveys
David M. Fetterman
17. Ethnography
David W. Stewart, Prem N. Shamdasani & Dennis W. Rook
18. Group Depth Interviews: Focus Group Research
Leonard Bickman, Debra Rog
Applied Research Design
Joseph Maxwell
Designing a Qualitative Study
Gary Henry
Practical Sampling
Joan Sieber
Planning Ethically Responsible Research
Robert Boruch
Randomized Controlled Experiements for Evaluation
Melvin Mark, Charles Reichardt
Quasi-Experimentation
Robert Yin
Abridged Version of Case Study Research: Design and Method
Harris Cooper, Erika Patall, James Lindsay
Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis
Floyd Fowler, Carol Cosenza
Design and Evaluation of Survey Questions
Michael Harrison
Organizational Diagnosis and Assessment
Thomas Mangione
Mail Surveys
Paul Lavrakas
Methods for Sampling and Interviewing in Telephone Surveys
David Fetterman
Ethnography
David Stewart, Prem Shamdasani, Dennis Rook
Focus Group Research: Exploration andDiscovery
Mary Kane, William Trochim
Concept Mapping
Samuel Best
Internet Data Collection
Abbas Tashakkori, Charles Teddlie
Mixed Methods
Benoit Rihoux, Charles Ragin
Comparative Analysis

“Updating their one-volume handbook (1st ed., 1998) describing approaches, design, and data collecting methods that are useful in conducting social research, editors Bickman and Rog in this second edition include chapters on the increasing use of the Internet, computer-assisted research methods, and the use of “mixed methods,” combining qualitative and quantitative methods. Over 30 authors from academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector, representing various social science disciplines, contributed to this resource for research methods that can be applied in social science disciplines such as education, geography, political science, and sociology.”

M. Cochran
University of California, Berkeley

"Rarely is a text able to succinctly and effectively appeal to a wide variety of practitioners from all areas of social science while maintaining a practical and easily accessible tone. However, this is exactly what I found when I read the second edition of The Sage Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods."

Jason T. Burkhardt
The Evaluation Center at Western
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
Key features
  • Twenty core chapters written by research experts that cover major methods and data analysis issues across the social and behavioral sciences, education, and management.
  • Emphasis on applying research techniques, particularly in "real-world" settings in which there are various data, money, time, and political constraints.
  • New chapters on mixed methods, qualitative comparative analysis, concept mapping, and internet data collection.
  • A newly developed section that serves as a guide for students who are navigating through the book and attempting to translate the chapters into action.

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781412950312

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