The Research Process: Canadian Edition by Gary D. BoumaThe Research Process: Canadian Edition by Gary D. Bouma

The Research Process: Canadian Edition

byGary D. Bouma, Rod Ling, Lori Wilkinson

Paperback | February 10, 2016

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Now in its third Canadian edition, The Research Process continues to provide a concise and accessible introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods used in the social sciences. Covering the mechanisms step-by-step, from designing and implementing a study to analyzing results andreporting findings, its practical approach makes The Research Process an indispensable resource for students of any discipline that investigates the ways the human world works.
Gary D. Bouma is an emeritus professor of sociology at Monash University, Australia. Rod Ling is a research fellow at the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. 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 cult...
Title:The Research Process: Canadian EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:February 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

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 KnowingSummary2. Research as a Way of KnowingResearch as a ProcessResearch as a DisciplineTheory and DataPHASE 1 ESSENTIAL FIRST STEPS3. Selecting a ProblemStarting PointsThe Literature ReviewNarrowing and Clarifying the ProblemStating the Problem4. 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?5. Selecting VariablesConcepts and VariablesFinding Variables for Concepts: HypothesesFinding Variables for Concepts: Research ObjectivesThe Question of ValidityAn Overview of the Research Process6. 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 VariablesValidityReliability7. 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 Variables8. Selecting a SampleHow to Select a Sample?Types of Sampling ProcedureDetermining Sample Size9. Ethics in Human ResearchThe Ethics of ResearchFormal Ethical Review of ResearchSpecial Ethical Issues in Qualitative and Secondary Data ResearchEnding the Research ProjectPHASE 2 DATA COLLECTION10. Making Notes, Organizing Data, and Constructing BibliographiesAttention to DetailKeeping a Research JournalMaintaining a BibliographyRecording NotesData Collection Sheets11. Summarizing and Presenting Data in Quantitative ResearchCategoriesTablesGraphsMeans12. Presenting Results Using Qualitative ResearchThe Qualitative Research ProcessPhase 1: Essential First StepsPhase 2: Collecting, Summarizing, and Organizing DataPhase 3: Analyzing DataPHASE 3 ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION?13. Drawing ConclusionsWhat Did You Ask?What Did You Find?What Exactly Do You Conclude?To Whom Do Your Conclusions Apply14. Reporting Your ResearchWhat Is Worth Reporting?A General OutlineConclusionAppendix: Final Report: The Job Search Experiences of Immigrant and New Generation Youth in WinnipegGlossaryIndexOnline Appendix: Table of Random Numbers

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"I like that [The Research Process] uses a straightforward approach backed up with examples. It's easy to read, easy to understand." --April Girard-Brown, Algonquin College