'Does the evidence reflect the reality under investigation?' This is just one of the important questions Marten Shipman asks in the fourth edition of his highly successful book, The Limitations of Social Research. Substantially revised and up-dated it probes not only the technical stages of research, but also its assumptions, procedures and dissemination.
Introduction. Part One: Approaches to Social Research
1. Social research
Controversy 1: Can there be Objectivity in Social Research?
2. Scientific social research
Controversy 2: Macho, Mourner, Freedom-Fighter or Thug?
3. Interpretative social research Part Two: Techniques for Collecting Information
Controversy 3: The Choices within Research Design
4. Samples, cases and response
Controversy 4: What Really went on under the Banyan Trees?
Controversy 5: The Never-ending Nature-Nurture Debate
Controversy 6: Class Size in Primary Schools
7. Variations on the experiment
Controversy 7: Burt Rumbles on
8. Reinforcing the evidence; Part Three: Personal, Professional and Political Influences
Controversy 8: Suffer the Little Children
9. The author in time and place
Controversy 9: The Publication of Piaget
10. The publication of research
Controversy 10: The Effectiveness of Schools
11. The limitations and scope of social research; References.