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.

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: 9781446296202
Release Date: 2013-11-01
Genre: Reference

Why use qualitative methods? What kinds of questions can qualitative methods help you answer? How do you actually do rigorous and reflective qualitative research in the real world? Written by a team of leading researchers associated with NatCen Social Research (the National Centre for Social Research) this textbook leads students and researchers through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting. In this fully revised second edition you will find: A practical account of how to carry out qualitative research which recognises a range of current approaches and applications A brand new chapter on ethics A brand new chapter on observational research Updated advice on using software when analysing your qualitative data New case studies which illustrate issues you may encounter and how problems have been tackled by other researchers. This book is an ideal guide for students, practitioners and researchers faced with the challenges of doing qualitative research in both applied and academic settings in messy real-life contexts.

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.

Evaluating Information

Author: Jeffrey Katzer
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
ISBN: UOM:39015002665894
Release Date: 1978-01-01
Genre: Social sciences

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.

Aviation Social Science Research Methods in Practice

Author: Mark W. Wiggins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351956208
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Genre: Transportation

This book is a guide that addressees social science research issues within the aviation industry. Studies involving human factors, personality, training systems evaluation, decision-making, crew resource management and situation awareness are used to illustrate not only the process, but also the outcomes that can emerge from social science research. The book describes the principles involved in conceptualising a research problem, obtaining management support, developing an appropriate timeframe, obtaining ethics approval and collecting and managing data. It also provides useful guidelines concerning the publication of research in magazines, academic journals and conference presentations. The topics are illustrated with aviation examples and the principles are deliberately broad. This book will be a useful guide for both novice and experienced researchers, especially pilots, air traffic controllers, maintenance personnel, aviation management, aviation researchers, safety personnel and undergraduate and postgraduate university students.

Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences

Author: Kristin Luker
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674040380
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Genre: Social Science

This book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science.

Interviewing as Qualitative Research

Author: Irving Seidman
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807772232
Release Date: 2015-04-25
Genre: Social Science

Now in its fourth edition, this popular book provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. Using concrete examples of interviewing techniques to illustrate the issues under discussion, this classic text helps readers to understand the complexities of interviewing and its connections to broader issues of qualitative research. The text includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of interviewing approaches. Appropriate for individual and classroom use, the new edition has been expanded to include: clarification of important phenomenological assumptions that underlie the interviewing approach presented in the book; new sections on Long-Distance Interviewing and its implications for the relationship between interviewers and their participants; a new section on the pros and cons of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software; The Ethics of Doing Good Work, is a new chapter which discusses the interplay between ethical issues in interviewing and how interviewers carry out their work as researchers.

Using Statistical Methods in Social Science Research

Author: Soleman H. Abu-Bader
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190685355
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Social Science

In Using Statistical Methods, Soleman Abu-Bader detects and addresses the gaps between the research and data analysis of the classroom environment and the practitioner's office. This book not only guides social scientists through different tests, but also provides students and researchers alike with information that will help them in their own practice. With focus on the purpose, rationale, and assumptions made by each statistical test, and a plethora of research examples that clearly display their applicability and function in real-world practice, Professor Abu-Bader creates a step-by-step description of the process needed to clearly organize, choose a test or statistical technique, analyze, interpret, and report research findings.

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Author: Kara, Helen
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781447316268
Release Date: 2015-04-10
Genre: Political Science

This accessible book examines the four areas of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research and transformative research frameworks. It offers examples in practice and shows readers why, when, and how to use them in their research.

Language and law

Author: Judith N. Levi
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105061179037
Release Date: 1994
Genre: English language


Social Science Research

Author: Barbara Czarniawska
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781473905320
Release Date: 2014-04-29
Genre: Social Science

This clear, straightforward textbook embraces the practical reality of actually doing fieldwork. It tackles the common problems faced by new researchers head on, offering sensible advice and instructive case studies from the author’s own experience. Barbara Czarniawska takes us on a master class through the research process, encouraging us to revisit the various facets of the fieldwork research and helping us to reframe our own experiences. Combining a conversational style of writing with an impressive range of empirical examples she takes the reader from planning and designing research to collecting and analyzing data all the way to writing up and disseminating findings. This is a sophisticated introduction to a broad range of research methods and methodologies; it will be of great interest to anyone keen to revisit social research in the company of an expert guide.

Measuring Identity

Author: Rawi Abdelal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521518185
Release Date: 2009-04-06
Genre: Political Science

Abdelal, Herrera, Johnston, and McDermott have brought together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to consider the conceptual and methodological challenges associated with treating identity as a variable, offer a synthetic theoretical framework, and demonstrate the possibilities offered by various methods of measurement.

Digital Methods for Social Science

Author: Steven Roberts
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137453662
Release Date: 2016-01-26
Genre: Social Science

This timely book inspires researchers to deploy relevant, effective, innovative digital methods. It explores the relationship of such methods to 'mainstream' social science; interdisciplinarity; innovations in digital research tools; the opportunities (and challenges) of digital methods in researching social life; and digital research ethics.

LOW SPEED AERODYNAMICS

Author: GHOSH, KUNAL
Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 9789387472037
Release Date: 2018-01-01
Genre: Science

The book aims at explaining the fundamental principles of aerodynamics from an engineer’s point of view. Right from the beginning, it conveys a basic understanding of the behaviour of the real viscous fluid. Later, through appropriate approximations, the ideal inviscid fluid is introduced. It gives a clear exposition of the fundamentals of fluid dynamics, both viscous and inviscid, including the topic of boundary layer. The text provides introductory concepts of wind tunnel and measurements to give a balanced overview of the subject so that the students are exposed to experiments and laboratory practices at the outset. It emphasises the physics of various aspects of the fluid flow phenomenon so that the reader develops a ‘physical feel’ of the subject. This book is primarily intended for the undergraduate students of aeronautical engineering and aerospace engineering. KEY FEATURES • Use of a large number of flow visualisation photographs for illustration • Use of a large number of innovative diagrams • Adequate number of worked-out examples at the end of almost all the chapters • A set of exercise problems at the end of every chapter