Designing and Conducting Your First Interview Project

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Wiley, Apr 22, 2010 - Education - 300 pages
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Designing and Conducting Your First Interview Project

Using a clear, easily followed approach, Designing andConducting Your First Interview Project helps anyone new to theprocess develop the skills to conduct the most essential part ofsocial research data collection: the interview. The book also showshow to organize, analyze, and interpret the data.

This workbook provides a step-by-step template for acollaborative class experience in social science. Organizedaccording to the steps of the deductive scientific method, itincludes essential activities to take place during class after theappropriate chapter has been read. The book begins with the processof choosing a topic and proceeds through hypothesis development, interview data collection, data entry using SPSS, and elementarydata analysis. The final chapter includes the formal assignment andinstructions to students on how to write about their experiences ina way that will produce an excellent final paper. By selecting thehypothesis, gathering the data, and analyzing the results, studentswill gain an appreciation for the strengths and potentialweaknesses of "knowing" things through doing quantitative socialscience.

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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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