The Science Game: An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences by Neil McK. AgnewThe Science Game: An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences by Neil McK. Agnew

The Science Game: An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

byNeil McK. Agnew, Sandra W. Pyke

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Using quirky and sometimes irreverent examples to provide an overview of social science methodology, this new edition of the popular text has been substantially revised to include an in-depth consideration of current hot topics in the constantly evolving field of scientific research, includingthe trend away from 'hard' (quantitative) research to 'soft' (qualitative) research, advances in computerized analysis of statistical data, and the increasing focus on the cultural context of research. Part One explores the strengths and limitations of common sense methods of solving puzzles and demonstrates how the scientific method significantly improves our ability to check the reliability and validity of theories. Part Two introduces the reader to two pre-scientific methods of problem solving: the after-the fact and the before-and- after methods. After noting the strengths and limitations of these pre-scientific methods, the authors explain how the control-group procedure, the classic example of thescientific method, helps overcome the major limitations of the after-the-fact and before-and-after methods. Part Three explores how scientists measure the internal and external validity of research results. Part Four examines the methods scientists use to assess subjective information through qualitative research methods: questionnaires, interviews and attitudes and personality scales. Naturalistic observations and archival research extend the reach of social sciences into areas that more controlledresearch methods cannot go. Part Five sets out the basic rules for tying numbers to objects and events, how numbers can be used to summarize and describe large amounts of information, and how mathematics helps us to bridge the gap between the known and the unknown. Part Six charts an explosion of ethical challenges as science pushes its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. Chapter Fourteen focuses on how scientists may communicate their scientific news clearly and effectively. Part Seven engages in a wide-ranging discussion of the history of science and explore how gender influences scientific research.

About The Author

Neil McKinnon Agnew is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University. In addition to writing six editions of this popular psychology text, he has published over eighty publications in social science journals. His research in perception and information overload was received major grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health...
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Title:The Science Game: An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social SciencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 16, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsDedicationProloguePart 1: Going Beyond Common Sense and Human Limitations1. From Common Sense to Science2. Big Puzzles, Small BrainsPart II: From Pre-Science to Science3. The After-the-Fact Method4. The Before-and-After Method5. The Control-Group MethodPart III: From Local to General Truths6. Validity - The Reach of Science7. Developmental and Longitudinal MethodsPart IV: Beyond the Laboratory8. Qualitative Methods: Questionnaires, Attitude Scales and Interviews9. Qualitative Methods: Naturalistic Observation and Archival ResearchPart V: Walking on Numerical Stepping Stones10. The Number Game11. Statistical Foundations I: Packaging Information12. Statistical Foundations II: PredictionPart VI: Being Good and Clear13. Ethics14. Research Report WritingPart VII: Wide Angle Views of Sex and of Science15. Sex and Science16. The Truth SpinnersAppendix A: N-of-1 study: Student Self-Change ProjectAppendix B: Answers to Review True or False QuizzesReferencesIndex

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.,."articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques