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The Limitations of Social Research

4th Edition

By M.D. Shipman


184 pages

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'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.

Table of Contents

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?

5. Observation

Controversy 5: The Never-ending Nature-Nurture Debate

6. Questions

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.


About the Series

Longman Social Research Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General