Methods: Doing Social Research by Winston JacksonMethods: Doing Social Research by Winston Jackson

Methods: Doing Social Research

byWinston Jackson, Norine Verberg

Paperback | October 2, 2006

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In this thoroughly updated new edition of one of the few Canadian research methods texts published for undergraduate courses, sufficient information is provided to give students an inclusive, generous view of the full range of social science approaches and research designs, both quantitative and qualitative.

Title:Methods: Doing Social ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 1.25 inPublished:October 2, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131879251

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TO THE INSTRUCTORS The editors would like to point out that Henry Cheeseman's award-winning teaching style and extensive knowledge of every aspect of the law comes shining through every page in this book. Introduction to Law, along with all of Henry Cheeseman's publications, is recognized as a complete teaching package. All course materials for teaching with Professor Cheeseman's books are prepared with you in mind. Features of the Book Students learn how to engage in ethical, analytical reasoning with every topic from legal fundamentals to areas of substantive law. The features of the book encourage students to apply critical thinking, organizational and summation skills, and legal research tools to solve specific legal problems. These features include: Chapter Outline, Objectives, Terminology, and Summary in every chapter Special boxed examples, graphics, photos, and diagrams illustrating essential points In each chapter, one or more Cases for Discussion, with questions, as well as the chapter-end feature Cases for Discussion, which includes additional cases and one ethics case Guidelines for briefing a case and one Case for Briefing activity in each chapter Sidebars highlighting information about text topics and the legal profession Ethical Perspective, Information Technology, and International Perspective feature boxes Working the Web research exercises and Critical Legal Thinking Questions TO THE STUDENTS Each semester, as I stand up in front of a new group of students in my law class, I am struck by the thought that, cases and statutes aside, I know two very important things that they have yet to learn. The first is that I draw as much from them as they do from me. Their youth, enthusiasm, questions, and even the doubts a few of them hold about the relevance of law to their futures, fuel my teaching. They don't know that every time they open their minds to look at a point from a new perspective or critically question something they have taken for granted, I get a wonderful reward for the word that I do. The other thing I know is that both teaching and learning the legal and ethical environment are all about stories. The stories I tell provide the framework on which students will hang everything they learn about the law in my class. It is my hope that long after the facts about the specific language of the statutes and legal principles have faded, they will retain that framework. Several years from now, "unintentional torts" may draw only a glimmer of recognition with students who learn about them in my class this year. However, they will likely recall the story of the woman who sued McDonalds for serving her coffee that was too hot and caused her injuries. The story sticks and give students the hook on which to hang the concepts. I reminded myself of these two facts when I sat down to write Introduction to Law. My goal is to present law and ethics in a way that will spur students to ask questions, to go beyond rote memorization. Law is an evolving outgrowth of its environment, and that environment keeps changing. In addition to the social, ethical, and international contexts I have incorporated in Introduction to Law, this book also emphasizes coverage of e-commerce and the Internet as two vital catalysts to the law and a key part of its environment. It is my wish that my commitment to these goals shines through in this labor of love, and I hope you have as much pleasure in using it as I have had in creating it for you. A Helping Hand The editors at Pearson Prentice Hall want you to know that other materials are available to help you in your studies. Visit studies to find Resources to help you with your course work. The Companion Website can help you study and review the information in this book, and practice test taking. You may share the results of your self-test with your professor or keep them to yourself. Use the feedback from the Companion Website as a guide for further study and practice. In addition, numerous Web links are available for reference and further investigation. Your professor can order this book shrink-wrapped with free time-limited access to VersusLaw®, an online legal research service. The access code for VersusLaw® allows you to research at your leisure for one semester. The book can also be packaged with LexBrief™ software designed to help you develop the analytical, organizational, and summation skills needed to have a successful career in the industry. On the same CD-ROM you will have a copy of The Lexiverse Dictionary, a customized, standalone dictionary for legal students.

Table of Contents



Part One:        Preliminaries

Chapter 1             Approaches to Methods

Chapter 2             Explaining


Part Two:        Alternate Research Design

Chapter 3             Experiments, Quasi-Experiments, and Field Observations

Chapter 4             Survey Designs

Chapter 5             Non-Reactive and Comparative Research

Chapter 6             Qualitative Research Methods

Chapter 7             Critical Approaches to Research: Action and Feminist Research


Part Three:     Statistics

Chapter 8             A Statistics Primer

Chapter 9             Three Tests of Significance


Part Four:       Beginning the Project

Chapter 10           Bias

Chapter 11           Ethical Issues

Chapter 12           Getting the Project Started

Chapter 13           Measurement

Chapter 14           Questionnaire Development

Chapter 15           Sampling and Sample Size


Part Five:        Data Analysis

Chapter 16           Starting the Data Analysis

Chapter 17           Basic Multivariate Techniques

Chapter 18           The Research Report


Part Six:         Appendices

Appendix A          Using SPSS for Windows

Appendix B          Pineo and Porter’s Canadian Occupational Prestige Index

Editorial Reviews

In my opinion it is one of the better social science methods textbooks on the market. Detailed examples are the strong points of Jackson's textbook, and continue to be in this edition.¿ I think [the Canadian research examples are] the most appealing aspect of the textbook for Canadian audiences; certainly what appeals to me.¿ [The Tables are] good, as in previous editions, always clear and concise and, most important, relevant.¿ [The Student Researcher at Work boxes are] excellent; very useful feature of the text and I know my students always want practical examples to illustrate abstract concepts. The fact that it is student research that is used is a real strong point.¿¿-Mark Lowes, Communication Department, University of Ottawa [The writing style and level is] probably the best feature of the book.¿ Very clear, engaging and simple. It's one of the few Canadian methods books in existence, which is a real advantage.¿ It's also not as pricey as many other texts. Definitely more approachable than many others as well. -Philippe Couton, Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa I think that the coverage of measurement in [chapter 13] is one of the best that I have seen in a methods book. On balance it seems to be quite good in terms of qualitative validity and reliability. The coverage of composite measures is very well done. Major advantage [of this text] is that it is Canadian. -Harry Rosenbaum, Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg The table of contents is well organized and follows the manner in which I would present the material to my students.¿ The writing style throughout the book is of appropriate quality for beginner to intermediate classes. The advantage of this book is the organization by use of tables and diagrams. -Nikki Thompson, Department of Social Science/ Criminology, Kwantlen University College