Research Decisions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives

Paperback | February 19, 2007

byTed Palys, Chris Atchison

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Research Decisions offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the approaches and methods involved in performing social research. It lays the foundations for good research by exploring what it means to be a member of the social sciences community. The book's thesis acknowledges the differences between the two main approaches to research (quantitative and qualitative), but offers that these differences should be interpreted as a source of strength rather than a field of conflict. This student-friendly work emphasizes practical issues and has been praised for its liberal use of Canadian examples from a variety of academic disciplines.

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Research Decisions offers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the approaches and methods involved in performing social research. It lays the foundations for good research by exploring what it means to be a member of the social sciences community. The book's thesis acknowledges the differences between the two main approaches to rese...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:465 pages, 9.13 × 7.4 × 1 inPublished:February 19, 2007Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0176102957

ISBN - 13:9780176102951

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Perspectives on ResearchChapter 2: Getting StartedChapter 3: Ethics in Social ResearchChapter 4: SamplingChapter 5: Constructing a Research ProposalChapter 6: Interactive Methods: surveys, interviews, and oral history techniquesChapter 7: Observation and EthnographyChapter 8: Unobtrusive and Archival MethodsChapter 9: Manipulative Control and the Logic of ExperimentationChapter 10: Quasi-experimentation, Evaluation Research and the Move to Analytic ControlChapter 11: Analytic Control in Qualitative Case Study AnalysisChapter 12: A Conceptual Introduction to Quantitative Data AnalysisChapter 13: Writing your Research ReportChapter 14: Epilogue