An Invitation to Social Research: How It's Done, 4th Edition

  • Emily Stier Adler Rhode Island College
  • Roger Clark Rhode Island College
  • ISBN-10: 049581329X
  • ISBN-13: 9780495813293
  • 544 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2003, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $141.75 
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About The Solution

Overview

This book provides balanced coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods of social research with a unique "behind the scenes" approach: Chapters are built on focal research pieces and excerpts from real research projects, and they present the insights and perspectives of workers conducting real-world research. The book guides readers through the many stages of social research--from selecting a researchable question and designing a study to selecting the best method of data analysis for a particular study--and prepares them for the ethical issues and problems that they may face along the way.


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Features/Benefits

  • Focal research articles and excerpts present the logistical and ethical issues faced during real-world social research.
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods receive balanced coverage throughout the text.
  • End-of-chapter exercises enable students to analyze aspects of social research and the research process.
  • Stop and Think/Stop and Do exercises provide convenient check-in points for students to make sure they understand the material.

What's New

  • Chapter 2--"Moving On? Continuity and Change after Retirement" by Emily Stier Adler and Roger Clark (also appears in Chapter 7) and "Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Order" by Jennifer C. Mueller, Danielle Dirks, and Leslie Houts Picca (also appears in Chapter 11).
  • Chapter 4--"Studying Women's Lives: Family Focus in the 30s" by Michele Hoffnung.
  • Chapter 5--"Calling Cell Phones in '08 Pre-Election Polls" by Scott Keeter, Michael Dimock, and Leah Christian.
  • Chapter 8--"Student Learning: An Experiment in the Classroom" by Chris Caldeira.
  • Chapter 9--"Environmentalism Among College Students: A Sociological Investigation" by K. Brandon Lang and Christopher W. Podeschi.
  • Chapter 13--"Reloading the Canon: The Timing of Diversification in American Literature Anthologies" by Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, Adam Clark, Roger Clark, and Jennifer Racine.
  • New Thinking About Ethics feature prompts students to think about the ethics of social research as it applies to the surrounding content in the chapter.
  • New content on emerging techniques in social research methods, such as visual methods, GIS, and mapping patterns.
  • End of Chapter exercises that incorporate visual methods.
  • Added content on multivariate analysis in Chapter 15.
  • More coverage on validity and ethics throughout the text.
  • Two new appendices--Comparing Methods and Multiple Methods.

Table of Contents

1. The Uses of Social Research.
2. Theory and Research.
3. Ethics and Social Research.
4. Selecting Researchable Topics and Questions.
5. Sampling.
6. Measurement.
7. Cross-sectional, Longitudinal, and Case Study Designs.
8. Experimental Research.
9. Questionnaires and Structured Interviews.
10. Qualitative Interviewing.
11. Observational Techniques.
12. Using Available Data.
13. Content Analysis and Comparing Methods.
14. Applied Social Research.
15. Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis.
Appendixes.
A. Writing the Research Report.
B. Random Number Table.
C. Checklist for Preparing a Research Proposal.
D. Comparing Methods.
E. Multiple Methods.
Glossary.
References.
Index.

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This DVD contains clips compiled by Wadsworth from various sources for you to use in your research methods course. Designed to help students draw a connection between social research and their world, this DVD includes news clips as well as interviews with sociologists talking about their research. Each clip includes discussion questions to help you incorporate the video into your lecture.


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Investigating Social Problems: Using MicroCase ExplorIT  (ISBN-10: 0534609848 | ISBN-13: 9780534609849)

By David J. Ayers. Ideal for instructors who wish to take a hands-on statistical approach to social problems, this workbook helps instructors to impart an understanding of sociological methods, concepts, and creativity in asking and answering specific questions about social reality within the context of a social problems course.

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The Excel Statistics Companion CD-ROM and Manual, Version 2.0  (ISBN-10: 0495186953 | ISBN-13: 9780495186953)

Master statistical concepts and computational procedures with EXCEL STATISTICS COMPANION ON CD-ROM AND MANUAL! A collection of demonstrations, sampling experiments, and interactive experiments, this CD-ROM/manual package provides you with hands-on experience you need to succeed in statistics. With on-screen instructions, reviews, and step-by-step approaches, you will easily learn basic statistical concepts and how to use computer programs to solve problems.

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SPSS Student Version 15.0 CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0495505226 | ISBN-13: 9780495505228)

SPSS Student Version for Windows® provides real-world software for students to do sociological data analysis. This student-friendly version is based on the professional version of one of the world’s leading desktop statistical software packages.

List Price = $44.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $33.25


Investigating Social Problems: Using MicroCase ExplorIT  (ISBN-10: 0534609848 | ISBN-13: 9780534609849)

INVESTIGATING SOCIAL PROBLEMS USING MICROCASE EXPLORIT will help you develop an understanding of sociological methods, concepts, and creativity in asking and answering specific questions about social reality within the context of a social problems course.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Emily Stier Adler

Emily Stier Adler is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rhode Island College, where she taught for thirty-eight years. She has been a research consultant in a variety of settings and the director of Women's Studies at the college. In addition to THE ELECT: RHODE ISLAND'S WOMEN LEGISLATORS with co-author J. Stanley Lemons, her published work includes numerous articles on marriage, teenage pregnancy, adolescence, and political life. Her current research interest is the transition to retirement. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Tufts University.

Roger Clark

Roger Clark is Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College, where he has taught for twenty-nine years. To date he has published sixty-six research articles and book chapters. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University.

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