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Key Concepts in Social Research : Key Concepts (Sage) - Geoff Payne

Key Concepts in Social Research

Key Concepts (Sage)

Hardcover Published: 18th March 2004
ISBN: 9780761965428
Number Of Pages: 248

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This clearly written and user-friendly book is ideal for students or researchers who wish to get a basic, but solid grasp of a topic and see how it fits with other topics. By following the links a student can easily and efficiently build up a clear conceptual map of social research' - "Malcolm Williams, Reader in Sociology, University of Plymouth

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This is a really useful book, written in an accessible manner for students beginning their study of social research methods. It is helpful both as an introductory text and as a reference guide for more advanced students. Most of the key topics in methods and methodology are covered and it will be suitable as a recommended text on a wide variety of courses' - "Clive Seale, Goldsmiths College, University of London

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At last, an authoritative, crystal-clear introduction to research methods which really takes account of the needs of students for accessible, focused information to help with undergraduate essays and exams. The key concepts discussed here are based on a review of teaching syllabi and the authors' experience of many years of teaching. Topics range over qualitative and quantitative approaches and combine practical considerations with philosophical issues. They include several new topics, like internet and phone polling, internet searches, and visual methods. Each section is free-standing, can be tackled in order, but with links to other sections to enable students to cross-reference and build up a wider understanding of central research methods.

To facilitate comprehension and aid study, each section begins with a definition. It is followed by a summary of key points with key words and guides to further reading and up-to-date examples.

The book is a major addition to undergraduate reading lists. It is reliable, allows for easy transference to essays and exams and easy to use, and exceptionally clearly written for student consumption. The book answers the needs of all those who find research methods daunting, and for those who have dreamt of an ideal introduction to the subject.

Action Research
Association and Causation
Attitude Scales
Auto/Biography and Life Histories
Bias
Case Study
Coding Qualitative Data
Community Profiles
Community Studies
Content Analysis
Contingency Tables
Documentary Methods
Ethical Practice
Ethnography
Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis
Evaluation Studies
Experiments
Feminist Research
Fieldwork
Grounded Theory
Group Discussions/Focus Groups
Hawthorne Effect
Hypothesis
Indicators and Operationalisations
Internet and Other Searches
Internet Polling
Interviewing
Key Informants
Levels of Measurement
Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Studies
Methods and Methodologies
Objectivity
Observation
Official Statistics
Participant Observation
Positivism and Realism
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods
Questionnaires
Reflexivity
Reliability
Sampling
Estimates and Size
Sampling
Questions of Size
Sampling
Types
Secondary Analysis
Social Surveys
Telephone and Computer-Assisted Polling
Unobstrusive Methods and Triangulation
Validity
Visual Methods
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ISBN: 9780761965428
ISBN-10: 0761965424
Series: Key Concepts (Sage)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 18th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 15.95  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.44

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