Research Methods and Society, Third Edition is designed to help undergraduate students acquire basic skills in methods of social science research. These skills provide a foundation for understanding research findings in the social sciences and for conducting social research. Just as important, such skill-sets and principles can be applied to everyday situations to make sense of the endless stream of claims and counterclaims confronted daily in print and electronic forms, including social media.
Key features of this book include:
Chapter 1. Introducing Social Research
Chapter 2. Ethics and Social Science Research
Chapter 3. Scientific Method and Basic Concepts
Chapter 4. Variables and Their Measurement
Chapter 5. Designing Social Experiments
Chapter 6. Ethnography and Observation
Chapter 7. Indirect Methods
Chapter 8. Surveys
Chapter 9. Population, Samples, and Sampling
Chapter 10. Data Preparation and Basic Analysis
Chapter 11. Data Analysis 2: Describing, Explaining, Evaluating
Chapter 12. Preparing the Report
Chapter 13. Applying Principles of "Science Learning" to Everyday Learning
Appendix 1. Chapter Supplements
Appendix 2. Code of Ethics
Appendix 3. Random Numbers Table
Appendix 4. Statistical Formulas
Appendix 5. Introduction to the General Social Survey (GSS) Dataset
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