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Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

  • Author: Carol S. Aneshensel
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1412994357
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 446
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This book presents a method for bringing data analysis and statistical technique into line with theory. The author begins by describing the elaboration model for analyzing the empirical association between variables. She then introduces a new concept into this model, the focal relationship. Building upon the focal relationship as the cornerstone for all subsequent analysis, two analytic strategies are developed to establish its internal validity: an exclusionary strategy to eliminate alternative explanations, and an inclusive strategy which looks at the interconnected set of relationships predicted by theory. Using real examples of social research, the author demonstrates the use of this approach for two common forms of analysis, multiple linear regression and logistic regression. Whether learning data analysis for the first time or adding new techniques to your repertoire, this book provides an excellent basis for theory-based data analysis.

Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

Data Analysis for the Social Sciences

Integrating Theory and Practice

  • Author: Douglas Bors
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1526422301
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 664
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'This book fosters in-depth understanding of the logic underpinning the most common statistical tests within the behavioural sciences. By emphasising the shared ground between these tests, the author provides crucial scaffolding for students as they embark upon their research journey.' —Ruth Horry, Psychology, Swansea University 'This unique text presents the conceptual underpinnings of statistics as well as the computation and application of statistics to real-life situations--a combination rarely covered in one book. A must-have for students learning statistical techniques and a go-to handbook for experienced researchers.' —Barbra Teater, Social Work, College of Staten Island, City University of New York Accessible, engaging, and informative, this book will help any social science student approach statistics with confidence. With a well-paced and well-judged integrated approach rather than a simple linear trajectory, this book progresses at a realistic speed that matches the pace at which statistics novices actually learn. Packed with global, interdisciplinary examples that ground statistical theory and concepts in real-world situations, it shows students not only how to apply newfound knowledge using IBM SPSS Statistics, but also why they would want to. Spanning statistics basics like variables, constants, and sampling through to t-tests, multiple regression and factor analysis, it builds statistical literacy while also covering key research principles like research questions, error types and results reliability. It shows you how to: Describe data with graphs, tables, and numbers Calculate probability and value distributions Test a priori and post hoc hypotheses Conduct Chi-squared tests and observational studies Structure ANOVA, ANCOVA, and factorial designs Supported by lots of visuals and a website with interactive demonstrations, author video, and practice datasets, this book is the student-focused companion to support students through their statistics journeys.

Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in the Health Sciences

Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in the Health Sciences

  • Author: Gareth Hagger-Johnson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317674413
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 328
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Whilst the ‘health sciences’ are a broad and diverse area, and includes public health, primary care, health psychology, psychiatry and epidemiology, the research methods and data analysis skills required to analyse them are very similar. Moreover, the ability to appraise and conduct research is emphasised within the health sciences – and students are expected increasingly to do both. Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in the Health Sciences presents a balanced blend of quantitative research methods, and the most widely used techniques for collecting and analysing data in the health sciences. Highly practical in nature, the book guides you, step-by-step, through the research process, and covers both the consumption and the production of research and data analysis. Divided into the three strands that run throughout quantitative health science research – critical numbers, critical appraisal of existing research, and conducting new research – this accessible textbook introduces: Descriptive statistics Measures of association for categorical and continuous outcomes Confounding, effect modification, mediation and causal inference Critical appraisal Searching the literature Randomised controlled trials Cohort studies Case-control studies Research ethics and data management Dissemination and publication Linear regression for continuous outcomes Logistic regression for categorical outcomes. A dedicated companion website offers additional teaching and learning resources for students and lecturers, including screenshots, R programming code, and extensive self-assessment material linked to the book’s exercises and activities. Clear and accessible with a comprehensive coverage to equip the reader with an understanding of the research process and the practical skills they need to collect and analyse data, it is essential reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate students in the health and medical sciences.

Statistics for the Social Sciences

Statistics for the Social Sciences

  • Author: Russell T. Warne
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107576970
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 601
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This introductory undergraduate textbook is the first statistics textbook built around the General Linear Model.

Research Methods: The Essential Knowledge Base

Research Methods: The Essential Knowledge Base

  • Author: William Trochim,James P Donnelly,Kanika Arora
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 130544518X
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 448
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From an expert team in the research methods field, RESEARCH METHODS: THE ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE BASE, 2nd Edition, is written specifically for undergraduates. The book streamlines and clarifies explanations of fundamental, yet difficult, concepts in a familiar, engaging style. Students learn about the relationship between theory and practice, which helps them become better researchers and better consumers of research. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Numbers, Hypotheses & Conclusions

Numbers, Hypotheses & Conclusions

A Course in Statistics for the Social Sciences

  • Author: Kevin Durrheim,Colin Tredoux
  • Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781919713311
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 542
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Book & CD-ROM. This tutorial-based programme addresses some of the problems involved in teaching statistics to undergraduate social science students. These include the huge difference in ability among students, large classes that do not facilitate problem-based question-and-answer lecturing format, and a general resistance to statistics. The text emphasises contemporary approaches to data analysis, the role of statistics in sampling, and the idea that inference depends upon how sampling is conducted. The question of how one ensures that data is sound is explored with reference to measurement issues and test construction. It encourages problem-solving by getting students to go through worked examples and presenting open-ended problems and discussion questions.

Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences

Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences

  • Author: Kristin Luker
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674040384
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 333
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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.

Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences

Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences

  • Author: Alexander L. George,Andrew Bennett,Sean M. Lynn-Jones,Steven E. Miller
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 9780262572224
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 331
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A text that emphasizes the importance of case studies in social science scholarship and shows how to make case study practices more rigorous.

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

  • Author: Bridget Somekh,Cathy Lewin
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761944027
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 368
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In this book the contributors introduce all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods and draw readers into a community of researchers engaged in reflection on the research process

Applied Survey Data Analysis, Second Edition

Applied Survey Data Analysis, Second Edition

  • Author: Steven G. Heeringa,Brady T. West,Patricia A. Berglund
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1351649302
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Page: 590
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Highly recommended by the Journal of Official Statistics, The American Statistician, and other journals, Applied Survey Data Analysis, Second Edition provides an up-to-date overview of state-of-the-art approaches to the analysis of complex sample survey data. Building on the wealth of material on practical approaches to descriptive analysis and regression modeling from the first edition, this second edition expands the topics covered and presents more step-by-step examples of modern approaches to the analysis of survey data using the newest statistical software. Designed for readers working in a wide array of disciplines who use survey data in their work, this book continues to provide a useful framework for integrating more in-depth studies of the theory and methods of survey data analysis. An example-driven guide to the applied statistical analysis and interpretation of survey data, the second edition contains many new examples and practical exercises based on recent versions of real-world survey data sets. Although the authors continue to use Stata for most examples in the text, they also continue to offer SAS, SPSS, SUDAAN, R, WesVar, IVEware, and Mplus software code for replicating the examples on the book’s updated website.

Social Science Research

Social Science Research

Principles, Methods, and Practices

  • Author: Anol Bhattacherjee
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • ISBN: 9781475146127
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 156
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This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of conducting scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any doctoral seminar or research methods class. This book is currently used as a research text at universities on six continents and will shortly be available in nine different languages.

Using Statistics in Social Research

Using Statistics in Social Research

A Concise Approach

  • Author: Scott M. Lynch
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 1461485738
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 229
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This book covers applied statistics for the social sciences with upper-level undergraduate students in mind. The chapters are based on lecture notes from an introductory statistics course the author has taught for a number of years. The book integrates statistics into the research process, with early chapters covering basic philosophical issues underpinning the process of scientific research. These include the concepts of deductive reasoning and the falsifiability of hypotheses, the development of a research question and hypotheses, and the process of data collection and measurement. Probability theory is then covered extensively with a focus on its role in laying the foundation for statistical reasoning and inference. After illustrating the Central Limit Theorem, later chapters address the key, basic statistical methods used in social science research, including various z and t tests and confidence intervals, nonparametric chi square tests, one-way analysis of variance, correlation, simple regression, and multiple regression, with a discussion of the key issues involved in thinking about causal processes. Concepts and topics are illustrated using both real and simulated data. The penultimate chapter presents rules and suggestions for the successful presentation of statistics in tabular and graphic formats, and the final chapter offers suggestions for subsequent reading and study.

The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Foundations

  • Author: Todd D. Little
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 019937015X
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 515
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This two-volume handbook on current best-practices in quantitative methods as practiced in the social, behavioral, and educational sciences covers philosophical and ethical issues, theory construction, model building and types of models, survey and experiment design, measurement issues, observational methods, statistical methods, types of analysis, types of data, and common research fallacies.

Web Social Science

Web Social Science

Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age

  • Author: Robert Ackland
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446283119
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 224
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"Although written simply enough to be accessible to undergraduates, accomplished scholars are likely to appreciate it too. Reading it taught me quite a lot about a subject I thought I knew rather well." - Paul Vogt, Illinois State University "This book brings the art and science of building and applying innovative online research tools to students and faculty across the social sciences." - William H. Dutton, University of Oxford A comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of web Social Science. This book demonstrates how the web is being used to collect social research data, such as online surveys and interviews, as well as digital trace data from social media environments, such as Facebook and Twitter. It also illuminates how the advent of the web has led to traditional social science concepts and approaches being combined with those from other scientific disciplines, leading to new insights into social, political and economic behaviour. Situating social sciences in the digital age, this book aids: understanding of the fundamental changes to society, politics and the economy that have resulted from the advent of the web choice of appropriate data, tools and research methods for conducting research using web data learning how web data are providing new insights into long-standing social science research questions appreciation of how social science can facilitate an understanding of life in the digital age It is ideal for students and researchers across the social sciences, as well as those from information science, computer science and engineering who want to learn about how social scientists are thinking about and researching the web.

Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services

Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services

  • Author: Jeane W. Anastas
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231529287
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 608
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Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates a range of research techniques into a single epistemological framework and presents a balanced approach to the teaching of research methods in the "helping professions." Jeane W. Anastas begins with a discussion of the different philosophical perspectives within which social research occurs and continues with problem formulation, research design, and methodological issues influencing data collection, analysis, and dissemination. She presents both fixed (quantitative) and flexible (qualitative) methods of research, granting legitimacy, value, utility, and relevance to both styles of inquiry. Utilizing complete case studies to illustrate different methodological approaches, Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates material on women and people of color, and draws attention to the ways racism, heterosexism, sexism, and classism affect the conceptualization and conduct of research. Anastas not only exposes these biases but actively addresses the experiences, needs, and concerns of clients of both genders and different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultures, and classes.

Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

A Guide to New Approaches

  • Author: Elinor Scarbrough,Eric Tanenbaum
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198292388
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 316
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In this volume, a team of experts sets out various analytic tools available to social scientists from social science methodology. It guides them through the maze of advanced techniques applicable across the range of the social sciences.

Doing Research in Political Science

Doing Research in Political Science

An Introduction to Comparative Methods and Statistics

  • Author: Paul Pennings,Hans Keman,Jan Kleinnijenhuis
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446226905
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 336
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This is an immensely helpful book for students starting their own research... an excellent introduction to the comparative method giving an authoritative overview over the research process - Klaus Armingeon, University of Bern Doing Research in Political Science is the book for mastering the comparative method in all the social sciences - Jan-Erik Lane, University of Geneva This book has established itself as a concise and well-readable text on comparative methods and statistics in political science I...strongly recommend it. - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps-University Marburg This thoroughly revised edition of the popular textbook offers an accessible but comprehensive introduction to comparative research methods and statistics for students of political science. Clearly organized around three parts, the text introduces the main theories and methodologies used in the discipline. Part 1 frames the comparative approach within the methodological framework of the political and social sciences. Part 2 introduces basic descriptive and inferential statistical methods as well as more advanced multivariate methods used in quantitative political analysis. Part 3 applies the methods and techniques of Parts 1 & 2 to research questions drawn from contemporary themes and issues in political science. Incorporating practice exercises, ideas for further reading and summary questions throughout, Doing Research in Political Science provides an invaluable step-by-step guide for students and researchers in political science, comparative politics and empirical political analysis.

Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism

Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism

Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

  • Author: Larry Dwyer,Alison Gill,Neelu Seetaram
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • ISBN: 1781001294
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 528
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'This is an excellent book which significantly contributes to tourism research and education. It takes a rigorous yet readable style to address twenty five of the most pertinent quantitative and qualitative techniques applied in tourism research. the book will appeal to a wider readership of social scientists as well as to scholars of tourism as each chapter provides a thorough overview and explanation of the techniques irrespective of their tourism application.' – Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University, UK This insightful book explores the most important established and emerging qualitative and quantitative research methods in tourism. the authors provide a detailed overview of the nature of the research method, its use in tourism, the advantages and limitations, and future directions for research. Each chapter is structured to provide information on: the nature of the technique and its evolution; background and types of problems that the technique is designed to handle; applications of the technique to tourism, including discussion of studies that have used the technique and their findings; advantages and limitations of the technique conceptually and for policy formulation; and further developments and applications of the technique in tourism research. Handbook of Research Methods in Tourism will appeal to social scientists, students as well as researchers in tourism who use quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

The SAGE Handbook of Quantitative Methodology for the Social Sciences

The SAGE Handbook of Quantitative Methodology for the Social Sciences

  • Author: David Kaplan
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • ISBN: 1483365875
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 528
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The SAGE Handbook of Quantitative Methodology for the Social Sciences is the definitive reference for teachers, students, and researchers of quantitative methods in the social sciences, as it provides a comprehensive overview of the major techniques used in the field. The contributors, top methodologists and researchers, have written about their areas of expertise in ways that convey the utility of their respective techniques, but, where appropriate, they also offer a fair critique of these techniques. Relevance to real-world problems in the social sciences is an essential ingredient of each chapter and makes this an invaluable resource.

Interviewing as Qualitative Research

Interviewing as Qualitative Research

A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences, 4th Ed.

  • Author: Irving Seidman
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • ISBN: 0807772232
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 143
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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.