The Research Process: Canadian Edition

Paperback | February 10, 2016

byGary D. Bouma, Rod Ling, Lori Wilkinson

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Now in its third Canadian edition, The Research Process continues to be a concise, accessible, step-by-step introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods in the social sciences. Covering the mechanisms sequentially from designing and implementing a study to analysing results andreporting the findings, its practical and interdisciplinary approach makes The Research Process an invaluable resource for any course that involves thorough study of the ways the human world works.

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Now in its third Canadian edition, The Research Process continues to be a concise, accessible, step-by-step introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods in the social sciences. Covering the mechanisms sequentially from designing and implementing a study to analysing results andreporting the findings, its practical and interdisc...

Canadian adapter Lori Wilkinson is professor and associate dean in the sociology department at the University of Manitoba, where she teaches courses in ethnic relations, Canadian society and culture, introduction to research methods, and survey research methods. She is an internationally recognized expert on immigration and refugee stu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:February 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199018604

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceINTRODUCTION1. How We Know What We Know and How We Know We KnowResearch as a Way of LifeAnswering Our QuestionsConsulting an Authority as a Way of KnowingResearch as a Way of KnowingSummaryQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading2. Research as a Way of KnowingResearch as a ProcessResearch as a DisciplineTheory and DataKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further ReadingPHASE 1 ESSENTIAL FIRST STEPS3. Selecting a ProblemStarting PointsThe Literature ReviewNarrowing and Clarifying the ProblemStating the ProblemSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading4. Qualitative or Quantitative Research Where Do I Begin?What Is Qualitative Research?When to Use Qualitative ResearchWhat Is Quantitative Research?Which Is Better: Qualitative or Quantitative?Key TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading5. Selecting VariablesConcepts and VariablesFinding Variables for Concepts: HypothesesFinding Variables for Concepts: Research ObjectivesThe Question of ValidityAn Overview of the Research ProcessKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading6. Finding a Variable's MeasurementsThe Logic of MeasurementVariable Measurement in the Social and Behavioural SciencesUsing Observation to Measure VariablesUsing Interview Guides and Questionnaires to Measure VariablesExamining Records and Publications to Measure VariablesValidityReliabilitySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading7. Selecting a Research DesignQualitative or Quantitative Which Approach Should You Use?How Do You Choose a Research Design?1. The Case Study2. The Longitudinal Study3. The Comparison Study4. The Longitudinal Comparison Study5. The ExperimentControlling the Influence of Other VariablesKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSourcesSuggestions for Further Reading8. Selecting a SampleHow to Select a Sample?Types of Sampling ProcedureDetermining Sample SizeSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading9. Ethics in Human ResearchThe Ethics of ResearchFormal Ethical Review of ResearchSpecial Ethical Issues in Qualitative and Secondary Data ResearchEnding the Research ProjectKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further ReadingPHASE 2 DATA COLLECTION10. Making Notes, Organizing Data, and Constructing BibliographiesAttention to DetailKeeping a Research JournalMaintaining a BibliographyRecording NotesData Collection SheetsSummaryQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading11. Summarizing and Presenting Data in Quantitative ResearchCategoriesTablesGraphsMeansSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading12. Presenting Results Using Qualitative ResearchThe Qualitative Research ProcessPhase 1: Essential First StepsPhase 2: Collecting, Summarizing, and Organizing DataPhase 3: Analyzing DataKey TermsQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further ReadingPHASE 3 ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION?13. Drawing ConclusionsWhat Did You Ask?What Did You Find?What Exactly Do You Conclude?To Whom Do Your Conclusions ApplyQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further Reading14. Reporting Your ResearchWhat Is Worth Reporting?A General OutlineConclusionQuestions for ReviewSuggestions for Further ReadingAppendix: Final Report: The Job Search Experiences of Immigrant and New Generation Youth in WinnipegGlossaryIndexOnline Appendix: Table of Random Numbers