Social Research Methods by Example sharpens students understanding of the research process and the essential research methods and tools that researchers use to perform their work on the cutting edge of the social sciences. The text is broken up into three major sections; the first provides a foundation for conducting research and forming a research question, executing an ethical approach, and drawing upon relevant theories and literature.
The second provides a fully illustrated overview of different research methods including qualitative and quantitative design, constructing and administering surveys, and carrying out experiments. The authors conclude the text by considering notable current controversies and methodological changes that are impacting the discipline.
The new edition offers expanded content on key statistical packages for conducting social research and takes readers behind-the-scenes of writing and presenting a research paper with annotated examples and step-by-step guidance. Far more than an introduction to the principles of social science research, this book leaves students with the skills and the applied know-how to carry out their own. It is an excellent resource for methods courses across the social sciences.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Operationalizations and Validity 3. Research Ethics 4. Theory and Paradigms 5. Literature Reviews 6. Ethnographies 7. Interviews and Focus Groups 8. Content Analysis 9. Experiments 10. Field and Quasi-Experiments 11. Designing Survey Items 12. Administering Surveys 13. Quantitative Analysis: Univariate Analysis 14. Quantitative Analysis: Multivariate Analysis References Index
Bessin-Cassino and Cassino's text offers a very accessible guide designed to teach students how to execute the basic elements of a quality research project. At a moment when good social science research is sorely needed, this text provides a valuable tool.
Karen A. Cerulo
Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University
Social Research Methods by Example is a guide to social scientists’ stable of research methods, but it is also much more. This work serves to engage the reader in the experience of social inquiry, starting from that indispensable moment of curiosity when we ask ourselves questions like, "What difference could the place where we go to vote possibly make in whom we vote for?" Or, "For newly-hired workers learning basic skills needed for their work, what difference will the degree of their ego involvement in the new tasks make in the success of their learning?" In short, the authors start with the happy assumption that their reader is alert, intelligent, and brimming with intellectual curiosity.
The best part of all this—a sort of free dividend, if you like—is the overview this work provides to the sheer substantive variety of influential studies that make up the literature of empirical social science. The reader ends up with a grasp of what many of the best social investigators have established in domains as different as human sexuality and voting behavior. Thus anyone who looks here for practical guidance on how to go about social inquiry completes the work with a confident sense of the most intriguing findings and most stimulating challenges that our research tradition has to offer.
James B. Rule
University of California, Berkeley
"Social Research Methods by Example is amongst the most accessible and engaging social science methods books on the market. From coming up with research questions, to identifying appropriate methods to answer them, to engaging existing theory and empirical scholarship, the book is a one-stop shop for social science research expertise."
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara