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This practical text shows students how to critique social research in a simple, hands-on manner. Designed for use in conjunction with a core research methods text, it guides students through each element of a research article, thereby helping them to develop the analytical tools and critical thinking skills they need to make an informed assessment of the research study they are critiquing.
2. Science or not? Research or not? Science and Research.
3. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research.
4. Writing Clarity, the Title, Author(s) Affiliation, Abstract and References.
5. The Three Main Content Areas of the Quantitative Research Article: Introduction, Method, Results.
6. Introduction: Review of the Literature, Study Purpose.
7. Method: Sample Selection, Study Design, Data Collection Procedures, and Methods.
8. The Results: The Findings, Discussion and Implications.
9. Qualitative Social Research: An Alternative Method.
10. Concluding Remarks.
List of Tables.
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"Primer for Critiquing Social Research "is an excellent book for social science students to learn about social research and grasp the skills for writing a critique."
"Dr. Holosko’s primer has a wonderfully approachable style and a clear focus on how to get research done…I absolutely loved the traffic lights, warning signs, advice to students, and the prompts to proceed. I believe students will really feel welcomed by the creativity in this presentation style; I know I did."
"Primer for Critiquing Social Research "is a straightforward, concise, practical text which is sorely needed in the field."
"I have had an opportunity to incorporate your Primer for Critiquing Social Research in two undergraduate research courses. On both occasions the students reported finding it very helpful and were able to undertake effectively a critique. As an instructor, I found that it both aided students in understanding discrete aspects of research methodology as well as helping them grasp the overall thrust of the research and its credibility."