Evaluating Social Science Research

Paperback | April 1, 1979

byPaul C. Stern, Linda Kalof

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We often decide what to believe and what to question on the basis of a simple rule of thumb like believe the trustworthy source or trust the expert. Sometimes, however, reliable and well-informed sources support both sides of the controversy. Whom are we to trust? How can we make a decision onthe issue at hand? The second edition of Evaluating Social Science Research provides methods for thinking critically about claims of factual knowledge and drawing appropriate conclusions. The authors have added new sections to the book to reflect the new developments in the field since the appearance of the first edition sixteen years ago. Included is an expanded discussion of observational method that addresses the issues of validity that are now more clearly understood. There isan explicit discussion of quasi-experimental research design, including an added distinction between equivalent-group and nonequivalent-group experiments. New explanations of the logic of multiple regression analysis, casual modeling, and meta-analysis have been provided as well. The new edition, while recognizing the limits of each research method, retains its emphasis on the importance of observations that may be repeated and checked by other researchers. It treats the reader as a key actor who can advance knowledge by cross-checking observations andinterpretations.

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We often decide what to believe and what to question on the basis of a simple rule of thumb like believe the trustworthy source or trust the expert. Sometimes, however, reliable and well-informed sources support both sides of the controversy. Whom are we to trust? How can we make a decision onthe issue at hand? The second edition of Ev...

Paul C. Stern is at National Research Council. Linda Kalof is at SUNY, Plattsburgh.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.14 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:April 1, 1979Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195079701

ISBN - 13:9780195079708

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Scientific and Nonscientific Statements of Fact2. Methods of Gathering Scientific Evidence3. Evaluating Scientific Evidence: What Conclusions Follow from the Evidence4. Evaluating Scientific Evidence: in the Published Literature5. Reviewing a Body of Literature: The Problem of GeneralizationAppendix: Asking Answerable Questions and Finding Scientific EvidenceReferencesIndex

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"Charts a new course in teaching research methods by showing students how to distinguish between good-bad and useful-trivial research findings....will be especially useful for those who teach young students in the social sciences the pitfalls and excitement of discovering knowledge about thehuman condition."--Contemporary Psychology