Designing and Conducting Your First Interview Project (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2010 - Education - 300 pages
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Designing and Conducting Your First Interview Project

Using a clear, easily followed approach, Designing and Conducting Your First Interview Project helps anyone new to the process develop the skills to conduct the most essential part of social research data collection: the interview. The book also shows how to organize, analyze, and interpret the data.

This workbook provides a step-by-step template for a collaborative class experience in social science. Organized according to the steps of the deductive scientific method, it includes essential activities to take place during class after the appropriate chapter has been read. The book begins with the process of choosing a topic and proceeds through hypothesis development, interview data collection, data entry using SPSS, and elementary data analysis. The final chapter includes the formal assignment and instructions to students on how to write about their experiences in a way that will produce an excellent final paper. By selecting the hypothesis, gathering the data, and analyzing the results, students will gain an appreciation for the strengths and potential weaknesses of "knowing" things through doing quantitative social science.

  

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Contents

DEVELOPMENT
FEATURES
NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS
HOW SOCIAL SCIENTISTS CHOOSE A TOPIC TO STUDY
THINGS TO CONSIDER AS YOUR CLASSCHOOSES A TOPIC
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HELP HUMANKIND
CONDUCTING YOUR LITERATURE REVIEW
FROM CONCEPT TO RELATIONSHIP
HOW TO COLLECT UNRELIABLE DATA
REFLECTING ON INTERVIEWS
USING SPSS
PRECODING INTERVIEWS AND SURVEYS
PREPARING FOR DATA ENTRY
USING SPSS
DATA ANALYSIS BEGINS WITH ASKING QUESTIONS
CHECKING YOUR WORK

TURNING A RELATIONSHIP INTO A HYPOTHESIS
TYING YOUR HYPOTHESIS BACK TO YOUR LITERATURE REVIEW
THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY
A TOOL OF THE TRADE
ASSUMPTIONS OF SCIENCE
THEORIZING
DEVELOPING A THEORY FOR YOUR CLASS PROJECT
VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY
STEPS IN RESEARCH DESIGN
CHOOSE A DATA COLLECTION METHOD
IDENTIFY YOUR POPULATION AND SAMPLING METHOD
OPERATIONALIZING VARIABLES
THE PROCESS OF OPERATIONALIZATION
THE INTERVIEW SCHEDULE
YOUR OWN ETHICAL CHALLENGE
THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS
AN ATTITUDE OF INQUIRY
VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY REVISITED
INDICES AND SCALES
CREATING CROSSTABULATION TABLES
READING A CROSSTABULATION TABLE
CONTROLLING FOR A THIRD VARIABLE
CONTROLLING FOR A THIRD VARIABLE USING SPSS
DOING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
HINTS ON ANSWERING QUESTIONS
FORMATTING YOUR PAPER
THE LARGER BENEFITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
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About the author (2010)

Bruce K. Friesen, PhD, is associate professor of sociology at the University of Tampa. He has held previous faculty positions at Kent State University and the University of

Calgary (Canada), among others. He is the recipient of several teaching excellence awards.

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