Essentials of Research Methods is a concise and accessible introduction to research methods in the social sciences. Written by an expert of research methods teaching, this book takes extraordinary care to focus the reader on experiences in his or her everyday life as a way of understanding and performing research methods.
"Janet Ruane has written the most lively and lucidintroductory methods book I've ever read. The book is filledwith contemporary examples that will engage the beginning studentwhile providing a thorough and memorable grounding in the conductof social research."
Edward J. Hackett, Arizona State University
"Finally a well written, non-intimidating, down-to-earthbeginners methods textbook. Ruane truly fills a void in theliterature. Her book will delight both teachers andstudents."
Sophia P. Tsakraklides, Temple University
"Essentials provides a basis for making researchmethods accessible and, more important, interesting to students.Ruane's no-nonsense approach, real-life examples, andavoidance of jargon-laden explanations allow students to learn, understand, and appreciate research methods in spite of themselves...Great book!"
Maureen Outlaw, Providence College
1. When Should We Trust What We Know? Why Research Methods?.
2. Ethics: It?s the Right Thing To Do.
3. Some Perfectly Valid Points: Measurement, Internal, and External Validity.
4. Measure By Measure?Making the Abstract Concrete.
5. If It Glitters Is It Gold? Assessing Measures.
6. One Thing Leads to Another: Causal Analysis.
7. Designing Ideas: Research Strategies.
8. An Informative Few:Sampling.
9. Our Inquisitive Nature: The Questionnaire.
10. Talking Heads: The Interview.
11. Watch and Learn: Field Research.
12. Getting Organized: Descriptive Statistics.
13. Beyond Description: Inferential Statistics.
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 3rd September 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.19 x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated