An Introduction to Research, Analysis, and Writing: Practical Skills for Social Science Students

An Introduction to Research, Analysis, and Writing: Practical Skills for Social Science Students

By: Bruce Oliver Newsome (author)Paperback

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The book covers the whole project from topic choice to written delivery, and teaches practical skills to social scientific standards, helping students understand the logic of the research process. Boxes on 'Research in the Real World' provide examples, and 'Practical Advice' boxes help keep students on track. The book contains a helpful Glossary, and end-of-chapter Questions and Exercises, which can be used in class.

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About Author

Bruce Oliver Newsome, PhD, is a lecturer in the School of International & Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Before teaching, he was a research policy scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors in war studies from Kings College London, a master's degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in international studies from the University of Reading.

Contents

1. The Way Ahead Learning Objectives and Outcomes Goals of This Book Preview of the Rest of the Book Chapter Summary 2. Research Process Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette What is Research? What are the Objectives and Products of Research? What are the Approaches to Research? Project Life Cycle Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 3. Research Ethics and Laws Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette What are Ethics? Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 4. Scoping, Justifying, Designing, Planning Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Scoping The Value of Your Research Feasibility Developing a Research Question Describing, Justifying, Planning, and Proposing the Research Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 5. Reading and Reviewing Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Sources How to Read Efficiently Content Analysis Reviews Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 6. Analysis Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette What is Analysis? Why Do We Analyze? How are We Told to Analyze? How Should We Analyze? Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 7. Arguing and Explaining Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Definitions Logical Arguments True Arguments Strong Versus Weak Arguments Fallacious Arguments Biases Dialectic Arguments Describing and Critiquing Arguments Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 8. Theorizing and Modeling Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Theories Hypotheses Models Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 9. Methods Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Methods and Methodologies Historical Research Case Study Survey Research Direct Observation in the Field Experimental Research Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 10. Evidence and Data Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Observations and Data Operationalization Measurement Classifying Data Datasets Uses of Data Evidence Causality and Correlation Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises 11. Writing Learning Objectives and Outcomes Opening Vignette Planning the Writing of Your Whole Product Style Structure Chapter Summary Questions and Exercises

Product Details

  • publication date: 24/06/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483352558
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781483352558
  • weight: 630
  • ISBN10: 1483352552

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