Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research

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Pine Forge Press, 2009 - Social Science - 564 pages
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The most successful social research text to have been published in a generation has been updated and revised in this new Sixth 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.New to the Sixth 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!Instructors' Resource CD-ROM: provides test questions, PowerPoint slides for lectures, suggested assignments, and a review of course organization options.Student Study Site at 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 studentsStudent 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.

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Science Society and Social Research
The Process and Problems of Social Research
Research Ethics and Philosophies
Conceptualization and Measurement
Research Design and Causation
Survey Research
Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Summarizing and Reporting Research
Summaries of Frequently Cited Research Articles
Questions to Ask About a Research Article
How to Read a Research Article
Finding Information
Table of Random Numbers

Qualitative Methods Observing Participating Listening
Qualitative Data Analysis
Evaluation and Policy Research
Historical and Comparative Research

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Russell K. Schutt, PhD, 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 (Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). His books include Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, now in its Seventh Edition, with co-authored versions in other disciplines, Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, and Organization in a Changing Environment. He has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles and book chapters on criminal justice, homelessness, service preferences and satisfaction, mental health, occupations and organizations, and law. His research has been funded by sources including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the John E. Fetzer Institute.

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