Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge is a concise and student-friendly introduction to research methods that uses examples from around the world to illustrate the centrality of social science research in our everyday lives. * Explains complex, multi-faceted concepts and methodologies in straightforward prose * Designed for students who are new to or skeptical of social science research methods as useful tools for approaching real-world challenges * Persuasively argues that social scientific proficiency unlocks an array of personal and professional opportunities beyond the realms of academia * A supplementary website features a glossary, test bank, Power Point presentations, a comprehensive list of web resources, a guide to relevant TED lectures and much more
Janet M. Ruane is a professor of sociology at Montclair State University. She is the author of Second Thoughts: Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom (with Karen Cerulo, 6 th edition, 2014) and has published articles in an array of prestigious, peer-reviewed journals, including Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Law and Policy, Communication Research, Sociological Focus, and Science as Culture. With over 25 years of experience teaching research methods to undergraduates, Professor Ruane is an ardent supporter of education as a tool of empowerment.
About the Website ii 1 How Do We Know What We Know? Science as a Superior Way of Knowing 1 2 The Language of Science and Research: Learning to Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk 21 3 Ethics: It s the Right Thing To Do 45 4 Designing Ideas: What Do We Want to Know and How Can We Get There? 67 5 Measure by Measure: Developing Measures Making the Abstract Concrete 93 6 All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Measures 117 7 One Thing Leads to Another or Does it? Tackling Causal Analysis 139 8 The Questionnaire: Would You Mind Taking the Time to Answer a Few Questions? 163 9 Having the Talk: Person to Person Information Exchanges 189 10 Field Research: Welcome to My World 209 11 Sample This! How Can So Few Tell Us About So Many? 231 12 Show Me the Numbers: Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Statistics 255 13 Pulling it Together: A Final Synthesis 283 Glossary 289 Index 295