The Foundations of Social Research

Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

Author: Michael Crotty

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 891

Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.

What Is a Case?

Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry

Author: Charles C. Ragin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Social Science


View: 720

The concept of the case is a basic feature of social science research and yet many questions about how a case should be defined, selected, and judged are far from settled. The contributors to this volume probe the nature of the case and the ways in which different understandings of the concept affect the conduct and the results of research. The contributions demonstrate that the work of any given researcher is often characterised by some hybrid of these basic approaches, and it is important to understand that most research involves multiple definitions and uses of cases, as both specific empirical phenomena and as general theoretical categories.

The Foundations of Research

A Student's Guide

Author: Jonathan Grix

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education


Category: Dissertations, Academic

Page: 189

View: 204

Foundations of Social Theory

Author: James S. Coleman

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 993

View: 178

Suggests a new approach to describing both stability and change in social systems by linking the behavior of individuals to organizational behavior.

Social Research Methods

Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Author: H. Russell Bernard

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Social Science

Page: 788

View: 901

This book explains and demonstrates to students when to use and how to apply the quantitative and qualitative techniques that they′ll need to do their own social research. Using actual examples from psychology, sociology, anthropology, health and education, the book provides readers with both a conceptual understanding of each technique as well as showing them how to use the technique.

The Basics of Social Research

Author: Earl R. Babbie

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: Social sciences

Page: 519

View: 819

Accompanying CD-ROM contains step-by-step guidance that keeps you on track as you write your research reports.