Teaching Quantitative Methods: Getting the Basics Right

Teaching Quantitative Methods: Getting the Basics Right

By: Geoff Payne (editor), Malcolm Williams (editor)Paperback

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This exciting collection is both useful and timely. It clearly lays out the problems, strategies and resources associated with the teaching of quantitative methods in modern universities. Addressing the perceived 'crisis of number' in a practical and fresh way the book sets out dynamic new approaches to teaching quantitative methods. It offers historical, comparative, analytical reflection and empirical evidence concerning the crisis in contemporary social sciences. Experts from across the social sciences provide a wide range of authoritative insights as well as a number of useful illustrations of strategies and resources designed to help overcome this 'crisis of number'. Each chapter reflects the diversity of backgrounds and approaches within the social sciences making this an interdisciplinary, relevant addition to the subject. The book also: o focuses on innovations in how to teach quantitative research methods o reports on the latest ESRC research projects on teaching quantitative methods o locates itself within current debates about skills for employment. Clear, engaging and original this book will be essential reading for those interested in learning and teaching quantitative methods.

About Author

Teaching Interests: Social Research Methods; Social Inequalities, Divisions and Mobilities Research Interests - current: Social Research Methods; Social Mobility; Social Processes in (small rural) Communities; 'Family History' Research Interests - recent: Class Identities; Literacy; Gender; Ethnicity; Poverty. Malcolm Williams is Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Prior to joining Cardiff in 2010, he was Professor of Social Research Methodology and Head of the School of Psychosocial Sciences at the University of Plymouth where he taught for 16 years. Malcolm has designed and taught modules in the philosophy of social research for 18 years at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In these he has introduced a number of innovative pedagogic techniques, such as Problem Based Learning and 'Concept Speed Dating', in which students take a key idea and move from table to table attempting to build conceptual links between ideas. Additionally he has taught many modules and short courses in social theory, research design, questionnaire design, scaling, sampling, scientific method and history of science. Williams has an extensive publishing record in philosophy of social research, including: Introduction to Philosophy of Social Research (with Tim May, Routledge, 1996), Knowing the Social World (with Tim May, OUP, 1998), Science and Social Science (Routledge, 2000), Making Sense of Social Research (SAGE, 2003), Philosophical Foundations of Social Research (SAGE, 2006), Teaching Quantitative Methods (with Geoff Payne, SAGE, 2011) Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research (with Gayle Letherby and John Scott, SAGE, 2012) and The SAGE Handbook of Innovations in Social Research (with W Paul Voght, SAGE, 2014).

Contents

Preface - Geoff Payne and Malcolm Williams Introduction: The 'Crisis of Number' - Geoff Payne and Malcolm Williams Informed Citizens, Competent Social Scientists Mapping the Academic Landscape of Quantitative Methods - Geoff Payne Best Practices in Quantitative Methods Teaching - Jonathan Parker Comparing Social Science Curricula Across Countries The Place of Quantification in the Professional Training of Sociologists - Martin Bulmer Some Career Reflections Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Teaching in Quantitative Methods - Malcolm Williams and Carole Sutton How to Teach the Reluctant and Terrified to Love Statistics - Katharine Adeney and Sean Carey The Importance of Context in Teaching Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences Improving the Teaching of Quantitative Methods to Undergraduate Social Scientists - Jane Falkingham and Teresa McGowan Understanding and Overcoming the Barriers Increasing Secondary Analysis in Undergraduate Dissertations - Jo Wathan, Mark Brown and Lee Williamson A Pilot Project Mathematics for Economics - Rebecca Taylor and Angela Scott Enhancing Teaching and Learning Jorum - Jackie Carter A National Service for Learning and Teaching The Problem, Strategies and Resources in Teaching Quantitative Methods - Matthew David The Way forward

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848600010
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781848600010
  • weight: 306
  • ISBN10: 1848600011

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