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Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences : Social Research Today - Frank Bechhofer

Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences

Social Research Today

Paperback Published: 27th January 2000
ISBN: 9780415214438
Number Of Pages: 184

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This practical introduction for first time researchers provides a bridge between how to conduct research and the philosophy of social science, allowing students to relate what they are doing to why. It does not provide a set of rigid recipes for social scientists as many methodology books do, rather it stimulates students to think about the issues involved when deciding upon their research design.

By discussing standard approaches to research design and method in various social science disciplines, the authors illustrate why particular designs have traditionally predominated in certain areas of study. But whilst they acknowledge the strengths of these standard approaches, their emphasis is on helping researchers find the most effective solution to their problem by encouraging them, through this familiarity with the principles of various approaches, to innovate where appropriate.

This text will prove indispensable for social science students of all levels embarking upon a research project, and for experienced researchers looking for a fresh perspective on their object of study.

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"This short book is an excellent introduction to the basic organizing principles that underlie social research design. . . . This is a well-written, nontechnical introduction to the issues that surround decision-making about research design that would be a valuable asset to the beginning social researcher."

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Fundamentals: comparison and controlp. 1
Experimentsp. 14
Representativenessp. 31
The choice of locale and groupp. 43
To interview or not to interviewp. 55
Structured questionnairesp. 72
Fieldworkp. 91
Timep. 104
Policy researchp. 120
Journalism and literaturep. 134
Guide to further readingp. 149
Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780415214438
ISBN-10: 0415214432
Series: Social Research Today
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 27th January 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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