Investigating the Social World with SPSS Student Version 14.0: The Process and Practice of Research

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Pine Forge Press, Mar 6, 2006 - Social Science - 680 pages
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A bug in the SPSS Student Version 16.0 was recently discovered and a hotfix is now available. This fix will enable chart creation using the Chart Builder or Interactive Graphs procedures in the SPSS Student Version 16.0. Click here to download the hotfix.

For installation instructions – now including a section on how the Student Version differs from the SPSS Base product, click here.

Congratulations to esteemed author Russell Schutt, 2007 recipient of University of Massachusetts, Boston's Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service!

Note: This text comes with SPSS Student Version 14.0. To get the version without SPSS Student Version 14.0, please order ISBN: 978-14129-2734-5.

The most successful social research text to have been published in a generation has been updated and revised in this new Fifth Edition! This innovative, up-to-date, and popular text makes research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter, with hands-on exercises to help students learn by doing. Author Russell K. Schutt helps readers connect technique and substance, understand research methods as an integrated whole, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions.

Congratulations to esteemed author Russell Schutt, 2007 recipient of University of Massachusetts, Boston's Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service!The most successful social research text to have been published in a generation has been updated and revised in this new ! This innovative, up-to-date, and popular text makes research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter, with hands-on exercises to help students learn by doing.Author Russell K. Schutt helps readers connect technique and substance, understand research methods as an integrated whole, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions.

Congratulations to esteemed author Russell Schutt, 2007 recipient of University of Massachusetts, Boston's Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service!The most successful social research text to have been published in a generation has been updated and revised in this new ! This innovative, up-to-date, and popular text makes research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter, with hands-on exercises to help students learn by doing.Author Russell K. Schutt helps readers connect technique and substance, understand research methods as an integrated whole, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Updates and Revisions: Research examples have been updated throughout the text, with many that have been added from international researchers. All end-of-chapter exercise sets have been updated. Techniques for searching and reviewing the literature and Web sites have been updated and more guidance is provided on writing the literature review. In addition, many chapters have been streamlined and reorganized for greater clarity, including those on measurement and causation and research design.
  • Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis: A new chapter introduces the logic and limitations of secondary data analysis, available data sources, procedures for using ICPSR datasets, the Human Relations Area Files, and more information on content analysis.
  • Qualitative Data Analysis: New sections have been added on conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, case-oriented understanding, and visual sociology. A special section on computer-assisted qualitative data analysis introduces the HyperRESEARCH software that accompanies the text.
  • Theories and Philosophies for Research: A revised and streamlined chapter uses international research on immigration and ethnic conflict to illustrate functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism and to contrast positivist and interpretivist research philosophies. Unique among methods texts, this chapter emphasizes the importance of social theory and research philosophy as a foundation for social research.
  • Research Ethics: New sections have been added in some chapters and the discussion of the role of the IRB in the third chapter has been expanded.

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries!

  • Instructor Resources on CD: provides test questions, PowerPoint slides for lectures, suggested assignments, and a review of course organization options.
  • Student Study Site at www.pineforge.com/isw5: includes journal articles, flash cards for practicing terminology, online quizzes, and much more!
    • Now with interactive exercises on the study site (from the student CD) - for easier access and use by students
  • Student Resources CD: bundled with the book, contains wide-ranging data sets and interactive exercises to help students master concepts and techniques.
  • HyperRESEARCH software: includes software for qualitative data analysis.

Click on 'Sample Materials and Chapters' at left to access the GSS Mini Data Files. You need access to the Student SPSS program to use these data sets. These GSS Mini Data Files replaces the data set currently found on the Student Resource CD.

  

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Finally....a book that explains in easy-to-read language and friendly format those sometimes very difficult-to-understand theoretical perspectives.
I looked through about eight books to find a
simple explanation of a particular paradigm, and I found it here in half a page. I wish I found this book four days ago! It would have saved me hours of reading and hours of trying to wrap my head around things.
Thank you Professor Schutt.
 

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Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and its numerous co-authored adaptations for other disciplines, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press) and Organization in a Changing Environment (SUNY Press). Dr. Schutt’s scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment; its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior; and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources.

 

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