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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 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 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.
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Preface Acknowledgements CHAPTER 1: SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND SOCIAL RESEARCH Learning About the Social World Avoiding Errors in Reasoning About the Social World Science and Social Science Alternative Research Orientations Strengths and Limitations of Social Research Conclusions CHAPTER 2: THE PROCESS AND PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH Social Research Questions Social Research Foundations Theoretical Perspectives for Social Research Social Research Strategies Social Research Goals Social Research Proposals Conclusions CHAPTER 3: RESEARCH ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHIES Historical Background Ethical Principles Philosophical Issues Conclusions CHAPTER 4: CONCEPTUALIZATION AND MEASUREMENT Concepts Measurement Operations Levels of Measurement Evaluating Measures Conclusions CHAPTER 5: SAMPLING Sample Planning Sampling Methods Sampling Distributions Conclusions CHAPTER 6: RESEARCH DESIGN AND CAUSATION Research Design Alternatives Causal Explanation Criteria for Causal Explanations Conclusions CHAPTER 7: EXPERIMENTS True Experiments Quasi-Experiments Nonexperiments Validity in Experiments Ethical Issues in Experimental Research Conclusions CHAPTER 8: SURVEY RESEARCH Survey Research in the Social Sciences Writing Survey Questions Combining Questions in Indexes Designing Questionnaires Organizing Surveys Ethical Issues in Survey Research Conclusions CHAPTER 9: QUALITATIVE METHODS: OBSERVING, PARTICIPATING, LISTENING Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods Participant Observation Systematic Observation Intensive Interviewing Focus Groups Combining Qualitative Methods Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research Conclusions CHAPTER 10: QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Features of Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis Visual Sociology Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis Conclusions CHAPTER 11: EVALUATION AND POLICY RESEARCH History of Evaluation Research Evaluation Basics Questions for Evaluation Research Design Decisions Ethics in Evaluations Conclusions CHAPTER 12: HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE RESEARCH Overview of Unobtrusive Methods for Comparative and Historical Research Historical Social Science Methods Comparative Social Science Methods Demographic Analysis Ethical Issues in Historical and Comparative Research Conclusions CHAPTER 13: SECONDARY DATA ANALYSIS AND CONTENT ANALYSIS Secondary Data Sources Challenges for Secondary Data Analysis Content Analysis Ethical Issues in Secondary Data Analysis and Content Analysis Conclusions CHAPTER 14: QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS Introducing Statistics Preparing Data for Analysis Displaying Univariate Distributions Summarizing Univariate Distributions Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics Cross-Tabulating Variables Regression Analysis Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie About Relationships Conclusions CHAPTER 15: SUMMARIZING AND REPORTING RESEARCH Comparing Research Designs Writing Research Reporting Research Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports Conclusions APPENDIX A: SUMMARIES OF FREQUENTLY CITED RESEARCH ARTICLES APPENDIX B: QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT A RESEARCH ARTICLE APPENDIX C: HOW TO READ A RESEARCH ARTICLE APPENDIX D: FINDING INFORMATION APPENDIX E: TABLE OF RANDOM NUMBERS BIBLIOGRAPHY GLOSSARY/INDEX

About the Author

Russell K. Schutt, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Lecturer on Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (1977) degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977--1979). He has authored and co-authored texts on research methods with Sage Publications and other books on social service issues, including Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press, 2011). His recent journal articles and funded research have focused on the organization and effects of innovative public health and social service programs.

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"An excellent text for an undergraduate research methods course." -- Andrew Zekeri 20110721

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