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Research Methods in Political Science, 8th Edition

  • includes MicroCase® Printed Access Card
  • Michael K. Le Roy Whitworth College
  • ISBN-10: 1133309305  |  ISBN-13: 9781133309307
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.50
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About

Overview

Use award-winning software to analyze and critically evaluate real data with the Eighth Edition of RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION USING MICROCASE® EXPLORIT. This workbook includes a Windows version of MicroCase® ExplorIt, a user-friendly program that makes it easy for students to manipulate and learn from actual data without getting bogged down in complicated statistical software. Over two dozen research-quality data files are included in this package, along with 13 exercise worksheets (one per chapter), that let students see the real impact of the concepts they study. The students are then walked through the entire research process, giving them hands-on experience in research methods.

Features and Benefits

  • Fully revised worksheets and examples utilize current data from prominent surveys and government reports.
  • The 2010 release of the highly regarded General Social Survey from NORC at the University of Chicago is prominently featured throughout the text.
  • With the 2010 release of the American National Election Study, you can access and use current data from the American electorate.
  • 112th House and Senate files contain demographic and voting data for the current Congress.
  • Global and state data files contain data released as recently as 2010 from sources such as the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and various organizations.
  • Integrated software and the workbook package include everything students need to learn the basics of the text.
  • The workbook covers statistical concepts, and software instructions are weaved into the content for a seamless integration.
  • An instructor manual with a full answer key to the workbook exercises is available for simplified grading.
  • The software is easily used in lectures, and a special ShowCase mode enables you to integrate the book into your teaching.
  • An instructor's version of the full MicroCase software is available with a free student network version from the Instructor Book Companion Website.

Table of Contents

1. A Brief Overview of Research Methods in Political Science.
2. Measurement I: The Basic Ideas.
3. Measurement II: Types of Data.
4. Variables, Variation, and Explanation.
5. Hypotheses.
6. Sampling.
7. Descriptive Statistics.
8. How to Read a Cross-tabulation.
9. Tests of Statistical Significance and Measures of Association.
10. Cross-tabulation and Statistics: Controlling for a Third Variable.
11. Correlation
12. Regression
13. The Overall Process.
Appendix A: Data Preparation and Entry.
Appendix B: Independent Projects.
Appendix C: Senators Data.
Appendix D: Variable Names and Sources.

What's New

  • The material has been updated, eliminating outdated methods of research and incorporating new data sets to reflect recent statistics.
  • Coverage of survey research has been increased.
  • The chapter on Data Preparation and Entry has become a handy appendix that students can refer to when working in other chapters.
  • Chapter 13 has been split into two chapters, one on correlation and one on regression.

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    ISBN-10: 1133309291 | ISBN-13: 9781133309291

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"A very student-friendly textbook that takes much of the fear out of taking (and maybe teaching!) a research methods class."

— Jonathan Knuckey, University of Central Florida

"A really good 'paint-by-numbers' introduction to the scientific study of politics for undergraduates."

— Kurt Corbello, Southeastern Louisiana University

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Instructor Supplements

Research Methods in Political Science (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1133309291 | ISBN-13: 9781133309291)

Use award-winning software to analyze and critically evaluate real data with the Seventh Edition of RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION USING MICROCASE® EXPLORIT. This workbook includes a Windows version of MicroCase® ExplorIt, a user-friendly program that makes it easy for students to manipulate and learn from actual data without getting bogged down in complicated statistical software. Over two dozen research-quality data files are included in this package, along with 13 exercise worksheets (one per chapter), that let students see the real impact of the concepts they study. The students are then walked through the entire research process, giving them hands-on experience in research methods.

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.50

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133353339 | ISBN-13: 9781133353331)

The Instructor's Manual and Test Bank is available electronically and provides further information about the purpose of RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE USING MICROCASE® EXPLORIT, additional suggestions concerning the exercises, comments concerning certain technical matters, brief comments on the text material and worksheets for each chapter of the book, sample exam questions for each chapter, and answers for the worksheet questions for each chapter.

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Student Supplements

Research Methods in Political Science (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1133309291 | ISBN-13: 9781133309291)

Use award-winning software to analyze and critically evaluate real data with the Seventh Edition of RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION USING MICROCASE® EXPLORIT. This workbook includes a Windows version of MicroCase® ExplorIt, a user-friendly program that makes it easy to manipulate and learn from actual data without getting bogged down in complicated statistical software. Over two dozen research-quality data files are included in this package, along with 13 exercise worksheets (one per chapter), that let you see the real impact of the concepts you study. You're then walked through the entire research process, giving you hands-on experience in research methods.

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.50

Premium Web Site for MicroCase® Download Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113335078X | ISBN-13: 9781133350781)

Use this website to download the MicroCase® software needed for the exercises in Research Methods in Political Science.

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael K. Le Roy

Michael K. Le Roy is a professor of Political Science and Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Whitworth University in Washington state. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and he was a Fulbright scholar at Gothenburg University in Sweden. In addition to his extensive research and travel in Europe and Latin America, Professor Le Roy has studied and traveled in Central and South America. His research on civil society and social capital has been published in Comparative Politics. Michael Le Roy returned to Whitworth in fall 2002 from Wheaton College, in Illinois, where he served as chair of the department of political science. After teaching three years for the Political Science department, Le Roy accepted the position as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Le Roy still teaches for the Political Science department and continues as a team member for the Central America Study-Service Program. His research on civil society, xenophobia, and the European Union has been published in the journal, COMPARATIVE POLITICS. He is also the author of COMPARATIVE POLITICS: AN INTRODUCTION (4th Edition), and RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (7th Edition). Le Roy won Wheaton College's faculty achievement award for excellence in teaching in 1998 and a similar award from the American Political Science Association's honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, in 1999.