Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches
Designed for undergraduate and graduate research methods courses offered by departments of sociology, criminal justice, social work, political ... Show synopsis Designed for undergraduate and graduate research methods courses offered by departments of sociology, criminal justice, social work, political science, public policy, communication, and family studies. This highly regarded text presents a comprehensive and balanced introduction to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches. - New appendix on Evaluation Research help students see how to apply research in practical settings. - Chapter on Survey Research (Ch. 10) has been expanded to cover the latest cutting-edge techniques of carrying out Web surveys and Internet survey research. - Chapter 3, "Theory and Research," has been revised to help students with no prior coursework in social theory understand the importance of theory and its connection to research. - The politics of research is now discussed in the context of writing a literature report (Ch. 16). - Examples and diagrams have been updated throughout. - Presents a more balanced coverage of qualitative and quantitative methods than any other book on the market, and illustrates how the greatest benefit often comes from combining various approaches. - Discusses the social and historical context of research, and teaches students to recognize ethnocentric perspectives and the assumptions, values, and beliefs of their own society. - Contains many explanatory diagrams and interesting examples drawn from scholarly literature. - Incorporates feminist and postmodernist theories in the "Meaning of Methodologies" chapter (Ch. 4). - Covers Writing a literature review and ethics early in Chapter 5. - Concludes with a chapter on writing a research report. - Optional student workbook provides additional research exercises. Student workbook can be packaged with the book at a considerable discount! The value pack ISBN for ordering this text plus the discounted student workbook is 0-205-36885-9.