A Guide to Social Science Research

Author: Rwegoshora, Hossea M. M.
Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers
ISBN: 9789987449170
Release Date: 2016-04-30
Genre: Social Science

Conducting social research requires an understanding of the general theories and principles of social science research. Such knowledge is essential for both social science students and all those undertaking research, evaluating, and designing different intervention strategies to existing social problems. The book is organized around seven main themes, namely: science; logic and objectivity in the social sciences; conceptualization, design and problem definition; types of social science research; sampling and research instruments; data processing and analysis; and theory building and presentation of research findings. Each chapter is treated at length, including illustrative examples from the literature and providing data from the author's own research experience, specifically drawing examples from a variety of Tanzanian social settings. Since the first edition of this book there has been an unprecedented rise of sophistication and diversification in the realm of social science research. The challenges, which continue to face researchers, include paradigmatic allegiances to definitional issues and sometimes lack of consensus about the standards of quality (in particular in qualitative research). This second edition, with suggestions from readers and peers, has been expanded to be more comprehensive, specifically developing practical aspects to facilitate students in the process of data collection, the role of hypotheses in the research process, and qualitative research.

Qualitative Research Practice

Author: Jane Ritchie
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761971092
Release Date: 2003-02-18
Genre: Social Science

Providing a clear and accessible account of the qualitative research process, this book discusses the different forms and uses of qualitative research, the design, data collection, analysis and reporting.

Essentials of Research Methods

Author: Janet M. Ruane
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 0631230491
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science

This is a text for introductory research methods courses, as required in several social science majors. Students taking this course are often resistant to the subject matter, and this text tackles this resistance by focusing the reader on experiences in their everyday lives.

Developing Research Questions

Author: Patrick White
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137243621
Release Date: 2008-11-24
Genre: Social Science

Undertaking a research project is a crucial, but often overwhelming aspect of any social sciences degree, and selecting a research question can be one of the toughest parts of the process. What makes an appropriate topic for research? How do you transform an idea into a 'researchable' question? And, once you've got a question, where do you go from there? Developing Research Questions steers readers through the complex process of starting a research project. The book explains how to break down initial ideas from broad topics into appropriate research questions, and gives detailed guidance on how to refine questions as the research project develops. Each chapter is packed with handy hints, tips and examples that show how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in the research process. Linking hypotheses and questions with research design and methods at every step, this text takes readers from the start through to the final stage of answering their questions and drawing conclusions. This is a no-fuss, practical guide to forming your own research question. It is an indispensable resource for social scientists carrying out research projects at all levels.

Neural Networks

Author: G David Garson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761957300
Release Date: 1998-09-28
Genre: Social Science

This book provides the first accessible introduction to neural network analysis as a methodological strategy for social scientists. The author details numerous studies and examples which illustrate the advantages of neural network analysis over other quantitative and modelling methods in widespread use. Methods are presented in an accessible style.

Evaluating information

Author: Jeffrey Katzer
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
ISBN: STANFORD:36105023049070
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Social Science

This book introduces students to social science research from the consumer’s point of view. The authors believe that while social science may not require that every student of the discipline will have to conduct research studies, it is still essential for students to successfully read, understand and evaluate the research published in their field. To that end, the authors of this text have streamlined their narrative, omitting the burden of technical jargon, and focusing on the broad elements common to all kinds of social science research, such as experimental, survey, and case study. Questions to Ask, found at the end of each chapter, highlight the specific criteria to consider when evaluating research and offer a clear and accessible presentation of the general principles in social science research.

The A Z of Social Research

Author: Robert Lee Miller
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761971335
Release Date: 2003-04-22
Genre: Social Science

The A-Z is a collection of entries ranging from qualitative research techniques to statistical testing and the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. Alphabetically arranged in accessible, reader-friendly formats, the shortest entries are 800 words long and the longest are 3000. Most entries are approximately 1500 words in length and are supported by suggestions for further reading.

Fundamentals of Social Science Research

Author: Rubaid Ashfaq
ISBN: 1724155253
Release Date: 2018-09-29

Fundamentals of Research Methodology: A Holistic Guide for Social Science Research Completion, Management, Validation, and Ethics is a rich conceptual, comprehensive and practical text for researchers. A book for beginners and experts, it focuses on research across mass media, social and applied sciences. This text aims to fully expose research methodology from a broader perspective, to accompany its readers in research, management, and continuity. This book consists of ideas, examples and summary questions as a guide in the following fields:* Background knowledge of research, the various types and its importance* Steps in empirical research and processes* Research designs and methods of data collection* A guide on data and statistical analysis* Research writing of proposals, thesis, and reports* Research planning for beginners* Management of time, human and material resources in research* Sources of errors and validity in research* Ethical issues related to both human and animal research* Processes of a grant application and research fundingWritten with simple vocabulary and language for day to day use, this book has useful pedagogic material for teaching, primarily at the tertiary level of education. This compilation also acts as a source document for research institutions and other related bodies involved in research. This makes it a forerunner in textbooks for research and academic societies alike

Researching Sustainability

Author: Alex Franklin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317972716
Release Date: 2013-11-12
Genre: Science

This book is for students and researchers across the social sciences who are planning, conducting and disseminating research on sustainability-related issues. Real-world sustainability problems cross many boundaries, and this is the first book to guide students and practitioners through the practical and theoretical challenges of doing interdisciplinary research in this vital and emerging area. Researching Sustainability contains many in-depth, 'hands on' accounts by expert contributors, providing real-life examples and lessons that can be put to use immediately. Coverage includes: the general challenges that sustainability presents to researchers, including frictions between sustainability and scientific tradition; complexity; research paradigms; interdisciplinarity; social-environmental interactions; and ethical concerns. a host of social science based research methods and approaches. Each chapter presents a different method; its challenges and suitability for different situations; an in-depth example of the method in action; insights and lessons. dissemination of sustainability research findings, including influencing policy, communicating with school children and working with the media. The book concludes with a critical synthesis of issues and methods examined in the book together with a discussion of future research pathways. This book is an essential tool for students, researchers and practitioners in planning, implementing and evaluating their sustainability research.

Understanding Social Science Research

Author: Thomas R Black
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761973683
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science

The ability to read published research critically is essential and is different from the skills involved in undertaking research using statistical analysis. This New Edition of Thomas R Black's best-selling text 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? Is the data gathered valid, reliable and objective? Are the statistical techniques used to analyze the data appropriate and do they support the conclusions reached? Each of the chapters from the New Edition has been thoroughly updated, with particular emphasis on improving and increasing the range of activities for students. As well, coverage has been broadened to include: a wider range of research designs; a section on research ethics; item analysis; the definition of standard deviation with a guide for calculation; the concept of `power' in statistical inference; calculating correlations; and a description of the difference between parametric and non-parametric tests in terms of research questions. Evaluating Social Science Research An Introduction 2nd Edition will be key reading for undergraduate and postgrduate students in research methodology and evaluation across the social sciences.

Narratives in Social Science Research

Author: Barbara Czarniawska
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412931762
Release Date: 2004-02-24
Genre: Social Science

Narratives in Social Science Research introduces students to the use of narrative methodology as a research tool. It offers a useful and rigorous framework for the application of these devices within qualitative research. This practically-orientated text provides: · An historical overview of the development of the narrative approach within the social sciences · A guide to how narrative methods can be applied in fieldwork · An explanation of how to incorporate a narrative approach within a research project · Guidelines for interpreting collected or produced narratives · A student-focused approach - key arguments and methods are illustrated by case-studies and lists of further reading Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this detailed text will be a useful resource for researchers and students taking courses in qualitative research across a variety of social disciplines.

Preparing Data for Sharing

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789085550396
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Social Science

This data guide takes readers through the cycle of social science research, from applying for a research grant, through conducting the data collection phase, and ultimately to preparing the data for deposit in archives or data repositories. An adaptation of the fourth edition of the Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving of 2009 by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, this publication will help researchers to manage, document, and archive their data and to think broadly about which types of digital content should be deposited in such an archive.

Engaged Scholarship

Author: Andrew H. Van de Ven
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199226290
Release Date: 2007-05-24
Genre: Business & Economics

A guide for organizational and social research in business studies and the social sciences, providing a clear framework for research design and methodology. It will be an invaluable tool for academics, researchers, and graduate students across the social sciences concerned with rigorous and relevant research in the contemporary world.

Research Methods for the Social Sciences

Author: Jerry Wellington
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826485670
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Education

Genuine one-stop resource including qualitative and quantitive research approaches covering multidisciplinary examples.