Table of contents for Making sense of the social world : methods of investigation / Daniel F. Chambliss, Russell K. Schutt.


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Chapter 1. Science, Society, and Social Research
What is the Problem?
Can Social Scientists See the Social World More Clearly?
What Questions Can Social Science Research Answer?
How Well Have We Done Our Research? Are Our Answers Correct?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 2. The Process and Problems of Social Research
What is the Question?
What is the Theory?
What is the Strategy?
Deductive Research
Inductive Research
Descriptive Research: A Necessary Step
What is the Design?
But is it Ethical?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 3. Conceptualization and Measurement
What Do We Have in Mind? Conceptualization
How Do We Focus the Problem? Variables and Hypotheses
How Will We Know When We've Found It? Operationalization
How Much Information Do We Really Have?
Establishing Validity and Reliability
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 4. Sampling
How to Prepare to Sample?
What Sampling Methods to Use?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 5. Causation and Experimental Design
What is a Causal Explanation?
How Do We Identify Causes?
What are the Features of a True Experiment?
How Can Experiments Be Modified?
Why Units of Analysis Can Affect Causal Reasoning
What are the Threats to Validity in Experiments?
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 6. Survey Research
Why is Survey Research So Popular?
How Should We Write Survey Questions?
How Should Questionnaires Be Designed?
What Are the Alternatives for Administering Surveys?
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 7. Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
What Makes Methods "Qualitative"?
How Does Participant Observation Become a Research Method?
How to Conduct Intensive Interviews
How Do You "Focus" a Group?
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 8. Evaluation Research
What Is the History of Evaluation Research?
What Is Evaluation Research?
What are the Alternatives in Evaluation Designs?
What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?
Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research
Conclusions
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 9. Elementary Data Analysis
Introducing Statistics
Case Study: The Likelihood of Voting
Preparing Data for Analysis
Displaying Univariate Distributions
Graphs
Frequency Distributions
Summarizing Univariate Distributions
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variation
Crosstabulating Variables
Controlling for a Third Variable
Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics
Conclusion
Key Terms
Highlights
Exercises
Chapter 10. Reviewing, Proposing, and Reporting Research
Comparing Research Designs
Reviewing Research
Case Study: "Night as Frontier"
Proposing New Research
Case Study: Treating Substance Abuse
Reporting Research
Writing and Organizing
Conclusion
Highlights
Exercises
References
Appendices
A. Finding Information
B. HyperRESEARCH: A Softward Tool for Qualitative Data Analysis
C. Secondary Data Analysis
D. How to Use a Statistical Package



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Social problems -- Research.
Social sciences -- Research.