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Evaluating Social Science Research : An Introduction - Thomas R. Black

Evaluating Social Science Research

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9780803988538
Number Of Pages: 196

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This volume offers students a basic introduction to assessing the meaning and validity of research in the social sciences and related fields.



The ability to read published research critically is essential and is different from the skills involved in undertaking research using statistical analysis. Thomas R Black explains in clear and straightforward terms how students can evaluate research, with particular emphasis on research involving some aspect of measurement. The coverage of fundamental concepts is comprehensive and supports topics including research design, data collection and data analysis by addressing the following major issues: Are the questions and hypotheses advanced appropriate and testable? Is the research design sufficient for the hypothesis? Are the data gathered valid, reliable and objective? Are the statistical techniques used to analyze the data appropriate and do they support the conclusions reached?

Social Science Research
An Overview
Questions and Hypotheses
Representativeness
How Far Can You Generalize?
Data Quality
Descriptive Statistics
Statistical Inference and Correlational Studies
Statistical Inference and Experimental Designs
Controlling Variables and Drawing Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780803988538
ISBN-10: 0803988532
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 1st November 1993
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36