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Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

A Practical Guide

  • Author: Kara, Helen
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • ISBN: 1447316266
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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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.

Big Data and Social Science

Big Data and Social Science

A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools

  • Author: Ian Foster,Rayid Ghani,Ron S. Jarmin,Frauke Kreuter,Julia Lane
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1498751431
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 376
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Both Traditional Students and Working Professionals Acquire the Skills to Analyze Social Problems. Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools shows how to apply data science to real-world problems in both research and the practice. The book provides practical guidance on combining methods and tools from computer science, statistics, and social science. This concrete approach is illustrated throughout using an important national problem, the quantitative study of innovation. The text draws on the expertise of prominent leaders in statistics, the social sciences, data science, and computer science to teach students how to use modern social science research principles as well as the best analytical and computational tools. It uses a real-world challenge to introduce how these tools are used to identify and capture appropriate data, apply data science models and tools to that data, and recognize and respond to data errors and limitations. For more information, including sample chapters and news, please visit the author's website.

Internet Research Methods

Internet Research Methods

A Practical Guide for the Social and Behavioural Sciences

  • Author: Claire Hewson
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761959205
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 155
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Offering a concise, comprehensive guide to conducting research on the Internet, this book provides a detailed explanation of all the main areas of Internet research. It distinguishes between primary research (using the Internet to recruit participants, to administer the research process and to collect results) and secondary research (using the Internet to access available material online). The book is designed for social science researchers and presents a user-friendly, practical guide that will be invaluable to both students and researchers who wish to incorporate the Internet into their research practice.

Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences

Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences

A Practical Guide

  • Author: Mark Petticrew,Helen Roberts
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1405150149
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 352
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Such diverse thinkers as Lao-Tze, Confucius, and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have all pointed out that we need to be able to tell the difference between real and assumed knowledge. The systematic review is a scientific tool that can help with this difficult task. It can help, for example, with appraising, summarising, and communicating the results and implications of otherwise unmanageable quantities of data. This book, written by two highly-respected social scientists, provides an overview of systematic literature review methods: Outlining the rationale and methods of systematic reviews; Giving worked examples from social science and other fields; Applying the practice to all social science disciplines; It requires no previous knowledge, but takes the reader through the process stage by stage; Drawing on examples from such diverse fields as psychology, criminology, education, transport, social welfare, public health, and housing and urban policy, among others. Including detailed sections on assessing the quality of both quantitative, and qualitative research; searching for evidence in the social sciences; meta-analytic and other methods of evidence synthesis; publication bias; heterogeneity; and approaches to dissemination.

Reflexivity

Reflexivity

A Practical Guide for Researchers in Health and Social Sciences

  • Author: Linda Finlay,Brendan Gough
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470776986
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 272
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Reflexivity is a popular tool used to analyse personal, intersubjective and social processes which shape research projects. It enables researchers, particularly within the qualitative tradition, to acknowledge their role and the situated nature of their research. In the current climate, which sees the popularity of qualitative methods coupled with increased public and professional scrutiny of research, reflexivity provides a means of bolstering greater transparency and quality in research. This book recognises the considerable value of reflexivity to researchers, and provides a means to navigate this field. The book is foremost a practical guide which examines reflexivity at different stages of the research process. The editors and contributors offer candid approaches to the subject, which supply readers with diverse strategies on how to do reflexivity in practice. Features * Provides an accessible, practical guide to reflexive research processes, methods and outcomes * Encompasses both the health and social science fields * Includes contributions from international researchers The book is aimed at postgraduate and final year students of health and social sciences. Interested clinicians will also find useful insights in the text.

Introduction to Research Methods and Report Writing

Introduction to Research Methods and Report Writing

A Practical Guide for Students and Researchers in Social Sciences and the Humanities

  • Author: Elia Shabani Mligo
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1498278507
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 172
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This book provides introductory materials on research methods and report writing that aim at guiding students and researchers towards effective research and reporting of their findings. Unlike the many volumes on research that are mostly theoretical, this book originated in the classroom and grew out of the students' own needs to design and conduct satisfactory research in order to meet academic requirements. It is also designed to help experienced researchers in their research ventures. In fulfilling this purpose, the author uses simple, straightforward language. He also provides appropriate examples and illustrations to enable the reader to grasp the basic concepts of research. The book will prove a useful guide for students and researchers in social sciences and humanities who wish to transform research theory into real and feasible research projects.

Longitudinal Data Analysis

Longitudinal Data Analysis

A Practical Guide for Researchers in Aging, Health, and Social Sciences

  • Author: Jason Newsom,Richard N. Jones,Scott M. Hofer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136705465
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 405
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This book provides accessible treatment to state-of-the-art approaches to analyzing longitudinal studies. Comprehensive coverage of the most popular analysis tools allows readers to pick and choose the techniques that best fit their research. The analyses are illustrated with examples from major longitudinal data sets including practical information about their content and design. Illustrations from popular software packages offer tips on how to interpret the results. Each chapter features suggested readings for additional study and a list of articles that further illustrate how to implement the analysis and report the results. Syntax examples for several software packages for each of the chapter examples are provided at www.psypress.com/longitudinal-data-analysis. Although many of the examples address health or social science questions related to aging, readers from other disciplines will find the analyses relevant to their work. In addition to demonstrating statistical analysis of longitudinal data, the book shows how to interpret and analyze the results within the context of the research design. The methods covered in this book are applicable to a range of applied problems including short- to long-term longitudinal studies using a range of sample sizes. The book provides non-technical, practical introductions to the concepts and issues relevant to longitudinal analysis. Topics include use of publicly available data sets, weighting and adjusting for complex sampling designs with longitudinal studies, missing data and attrition, measurement issues related to longitudinal research, the use of ANOVA and regression for average change over time, mediation analysis, growth curve models, basic and advanced structural equation models, and survival analysis. An ideal supplement for graduate level courses on data analysis and/or longitudinal modeling taught in psychology, gerontology, public health, human development, family studies, medicine, sociology, social work, and other behavioral, social, and health sciences, this multidisciplinary book will also appeal to researchers in these fields.

Research Methods for Social Science

Research Methods for Social Science

A Practical Introduction

  • Author: R. A. McQueen,Christina Knussen
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 9780130404565
  • Category: Social sciences
  • Page: 245
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Written in a clear, accessible and lively style, this text offers a comprehensive introduction as well as a practical guide to the planning, implementation and presentation of social research. Social research is introduced in a systematic way, following the logical sequence, which a student of the social science would follow in the design and implementation of a research project. The material is presented in a direct and humourous style, and the emphasis is on explanation with no assumption made about the reader's background in research issues.

Research Methods

Research Methods

A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences

  • Author: Bob Matthews,Liz Ross
  • Publisher: Longman
  • ISBN: 9781405858502
  • Category: Research
  • Page: 490
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This text provides an essential resource for the social researcher. It offers a comprehensive introduction for first time researchers right through to thorough and practical advice for those undertaking more advanced work.

Theory Construction and Model-building Skills

Theory Construction and Model-building Skills

A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

  • Author: James Jaccard,Jacob Jacoby
  • Publisher: Guilford Press
  • ISBN: 1606233408
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 391
  • View: 5232
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Meeting a crucial need for graduate students and newly minted researchers, this innovative text provides hands-on tools for generating ideas and translating them into formal theories. It is illustrated with numerous practical examples drawn from multiple social science disciplines and research settings. The authors offer clear guidance for defining constructs, thinking through relationships and processes that link constructs, and deriving new theoretical models (or building on existing ones) based on those relationships. Step by step, they show readers how to use causal analysis, mathematical modeling, simulations, and grounded and emergent approaches to theory construction. A chapter on writing about theories contains invaluable advice on crafting effective papers and grant applications. Useful pedagogical features in every chapter include: Application exercises and concept exercises Lists of key terms and engaging topical boxes Annotated suggestions for further reading. This book is intended for graduate students in a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, sociology, health, and management, as well as social scientists pursing research careers in academic or other settings. It can serve as a primary text in graduate-level courses in theory construction or as a supplemental text in courses on research methodology, theories of a particular discipline, grant writing, or the dissertation.

Advanced Research Methods

Advanced Research Methods

A Practical Guide for Social Research Projects

  • Author: Catherine Dawson
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472110102
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 256
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This book is suitable for research in social science subjects such as sociology and psychology; humanities subjects such as history and human geography; education, nursing and related fields. It guides the researcher through each stage of the research process and covers issues such as: Generating ideas and justifying the topic. Colecting and analysing data. Producing a thesis and passing a viva. Csting the project and obtaining funding. It also provides practical information along with examples, tips and exercises that will help to move a project forward.

The Research Companion

The Research Companion

A practical guide for those in the social sciences, health and development

  • Author: Petra M. Boynton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317422538
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 290
  • View: 3900
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Have you ever wanted to know an effective and ethical way to: Design a study? Recruit participants? Report findings? And improve the quality and output of your research? The Research Companion focuses on the practical skills needed to complete research in the social or health sciences and development. It covers the behind-the-scenes essentials you need to run an effective and ethical piece of research and offers clear, honest advice to help avoid typical problems and improve standards and outcomes. It addresses each stage of the research process from thinking of a research idea, through to managing, monitoring, completing and reporting your project, and working effectively and safely with participants and colleagues. As well as covering theoretical issues in research, the book is full of links to other resources and contains practical tips and stories from researchers at all levels. This new edition is fully updated to reflect shifts in funding structures, open access, and online developments and has a link to a blog and friendly online community for readers to connect with diverse researchers all sharing experiences and offering practical advice. The Research Companion brings hard-earned lessons from the real world to offer invaluable guidance to all students of the social and health sciences, from those just beginning their first research project, to experienced researchers and practitioners. It will be instrumental in raising readers’ competence levels and making their research more accurate, ethical, and productive.

Research Methods in Sport Studies and Sport Management

Research Methods in Sport Studies and Sport Management

A Practical Guide

  • Author: A.J. Veal,Simon Darcy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317691156
  • Category:
  • Page: 616
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Research can be a challenging but rewarding activity. All degree-level students studying sport, and all effective professionals working in the sport sector need to have a sound understanding of research methods and how to critically interpret research findings. This broad-ranging, in-depth and practical textbook introduces research methods for students on sport-related degree courses, outlining the knowledge and practical skills needed to undertake meaningful research and to become a knowledgeable consumer of the research of others. The book explores every element of the research process, from the fundamental ‘what, why and who?’ questions, through research plans, literature review, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and data analysis, to the communication of research results. It offers a critical appraisal of alternative methods, including mixed methods, as well as clear guidance on how to use each particular method. Every chapter contains test questions and practical exercises, detailed case studies, a clear chapter summary and extensive guides to further sport-related study resources, to enable students to check their understanding and develop, extend and apply their practical skills. Step-by-step introductions to the use of the key statistical packages Excel, SPSS and NVivo in sport research are included. On-line support materials include some 400 PowerPoint slides and copies of data-sets used in the book. With deeper and broader coverage than any other sport-related research methods textbook, and a clear focus on ‘how to do it’, Research Methods for Sport Studies and Sport Management is an essential companion for any sport-related degree course.

The Essence of Research Methodology

The Essence of Research Methodology

A Concise Guide for Master and PhD Students in Management Science

  • Author: Jan Jonker,Bartjan Pennink
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9783540716594
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 171
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Methodology is the ?eld which is indisputably complex. In the academic world, it is often said to be important, yet in everyday academic practice, it is not always treated accordingly. In teaching, methodology is often a mandatory course. Usually, it consists of learning how to adopt several common approaches when doing research, and how to conceive a research design (often leading to a survey). This usually leads to collecting data on a modest scale and – when the opportunity arises – analysing the data with the help of some statistics. Ask the students of their opinion at the end of such a course and they tend to heave a deep sigh of relief and say, “I have got through it. ” Then their real courses start again, in which methodology often does not play a role at all. We are of the opinion that writing-off methodology in this way is a real pity. It ignores the valuable role that methodology should play in academic teaching as a whole. Here, methodology is presented as a form of thinking and acting that, while obviously entailing research work, can also include the design and change of organisations. This broad approach has been purposefully chosen, as it is almost obvious from research and graduation projects that the students do not really have a clue what methodology involves and, therefore, wasting their time by producing work that has a little quality.

Research Methods in Business Studies

Research Methods in Business Studies

A Practical Guide

  • Author: Pervez N. Ghauri,Kjell Grønhaug
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 9780273681564
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 257
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This clearly written introduction is ideal for business students taking a course in research methods, or undertaking their first dissertation or report on a work placement project. Written in a concise and accessible style, it demonstrates the importance of a scientific approach to business research and problem-solving projects. It shows students how to formulate a problem, choose a research method, argue and motivate, and how to collect, analyse and present the data.

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills, A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills, A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Sociology, Sociology

  • Author: CTI Reviews
  • Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
  • ISBN: 1490276106
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 17
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills, A Practical Guide for Social Scientists. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

A GUIDE TO FOR RESEACHERS IN MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Author: BILL TAYLOR,GAUTAM SINHA,TAPOSH GHOSHAL
  • Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9788120329911
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 240
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The Book Intended to serve as a text for postgraduate students of commerce, management, and social sciences, and especially for the first-time researchers, this well-organized book deals with the variety of research methods used in management and social sciences, with particular emphasis on the implementation of these methods. It offers readers practical guidelines for research and directs them through all the stages of research—from identifying a viable research project to the submission of a dissertation, report, or research article. The text identifies three dimensions of research methodology—research strategies, research methods and research data—that provide a structure for the book.

Research Methods for Business Students

Research Methods for Business Students

  • Author: Mark Saunders,Philip Lewis,Adrian Thornhill
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • ISBN: 9780273716860
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 614
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Using real-life case studies and written with a student-centred approach, this 5th edition provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to undertake a piece of business research making the best use of IT where appropriate.

Ethical Decision Making in Social Research

Ethical Decision Making in Social Research

A Practical Guide

  • Author: R. Iphofen
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230233767
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 250
  • View: 6534
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This practical, user-friendly guide examines ethics in research. It helps researchers to manage ethical dilemmas that arise while research is being planned, conducted and reported and includes a unique 'ethical review checklist', as well as other useful features, to aid ethics in practice.

Innovation in Mixed Methods Research

Innovation in Mixed Methods Research

A Practical Guide to Integrative Thinking with Complexity

  • Author: Cheryl N. Poth
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
  • ISBN: 1526453738
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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Explaining both why and how to use mixed methods for discovering solutions to complex research problems, this guide gives readers the tools to adapt approaches to suit their own research conditions. Written in a warm, encouraging tone and packed with helpful diagrams and visual organizers, it provides an easy-to-follow map to the mixed methods process, covering everything from ‘what is mixed methods research?’ to framing, integrating, and describing a complexity-sensitive mixed methods approach. Features include: Key questions to navigate the important concepts of each chapter Practice alerts to provide practical tips on working in the field Chapter check-ins to assess development of key skills Further reading to expand and deepen knowledge of mixed methods practices An annotated glossary to get to grips with foundational terms and revise for exams Supported throughout by real-world examples and advice from the author and other mixed methods experts, this book helps readers succeed in their projects and think innovatively about the methods they use.