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The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods

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February 2008 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods is a must for every social-science researcher. It charts the new and evolving terrain of social research methodology, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in one volume.

The Handbook includes chapters on each phase of the research process: research design, methods of data collection, and the processes of analyzing and interpreting data. The volume maintains that there is much more to research than learning skills and techniques; methodology involves the fit between theory, research questions research design and analysis. The book also includes several chapters that describe historical and current directions in social research, debating crucial subjects such as qualitative versus quantitative paradigms, how to judge the credibility of types of research, and the increasingly topical issue of research ethics.

The Handbook serves as an invaluable resource for approaching research with an open mind. This volume maps the field of social research methods using an approach that will prove valuable for both students and researchers.

 
Social Research in Changing Social Conditions
 
PART ONE: DIRECTIONS IN SOCIAL RESEARCH
Alan Bryman
The End of the Paradigm Wars?
Marja Alastalo
The History of Social Research Methods
Martyn Hammersley
Assessing Validity in Social Research
Karen Armstrong
Ethnography and Audience
Pekka Sulkunen
Social Research and Social Practice in Post-Positivist Society
Ann Nilsen
From Questions of Methods to Epistemological Issues
The Case of Biographical Research  
Celia B. Fisher and Andrea E. Anushko
Research Ethics in Social Science
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH DESIGNS
H S Bloom
The Core Analytics of Randomized Experiments for Social Research
Thomas D. Cook and Vivian Wong
Better Quasi-Experimental Practice
Ken Kelly and Scott E. Maxwell
Sample Size Planning with Applications to Multiple Regression
Power and Accuracy for Omnibus and Targeted Effects  
Giampietro Gobo
Re-Conceptualizing Generalization in Qualitative Research
Old Issues in a New Frame  
Linda Mabry
Case Study in Social Research
Janet Holland, Rachel Thomson and Jane Elliott
Longitudinal and Panel Studies
David de Vaus
Comparative and Cross-National Designs
 
PART THREE: DATA COLLECTION AND FIELDWORK
James A. Bovaird and Susan E. Embretson
Modern Measurement in the Social Sciences
Susan Speer
Natural and Contrived Data
Edith de Leeuw
Self Administered Questionnaires and Standardized Interviews
Andrea Doucet and Natasha Mautner
Qualitative Interviewing and Feminist Research
Joanna Bornat
Biographical Methods
Janet Smithson
Focus Groups
 
PART FOUR: TYPES OF ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF EVIDENCE
Suzanne E. Graham, Judith D. Singer and John B. Willett
An Introduction to the Multi Level Model for Change
Rick H. Hoyle
Latent Variable Models of Social Research Data
Stephen West and Felix Thoemmes
Equating Groups
Charles Antaki
Discourse Analysis and Conversation Analysis
Matti Hyvärinen
Analyzing Narratives and Story-Telling
Kathy Charmaz
Reconstructing Grounded Theory
Lindsay Prior
Documents and Action
Christian Heath and Paul Luff
Video and the Analysis of Work and Interaction
Janet Heaton
Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data
Angela Dale, Jo Wathan and Vanessa Wiggins
Secondary Analysis of Quantitative Data Sources
Erika A. Patall and Harris Cooper
Conducting a Meta Analysis
Jane Fielding and Nigel Fielding
Synergy and Synthesis
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data  
Ann Cronin, Victoria D. Alexander, Jane Fielding, Jo Moran-Ellis and Hilary Thomas
The Analytic Integration of Qualitative Data Sources
Max Bergman
Combining Different Types for Quantitative Analysis
Amir Marvasti
Writing and Presenting Social Research

I would highly recommend this book as it is easy to understand and covers all the main issues of social research.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Deapartment of Childcare, Social Work and Social Care, Chichester University
March 24, 2017

Great resource book for introductory research methods. Students really like the chapters.

Dr Bahadir Namdar
Primary Education/ Science Education Program, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
February 22, 2017

This text is a valuable reference for social science research. The section on analysis and interpretation of evidence is particularly valuable as it affords opportunities for students to consider how they might want to organise their research design differently in order to draw upon a wider range of analysis methods, that are often less represented in other texts.

Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
December 9, 2016

This is an excellent text used to navigate students through the research process required for their ethical proposal and dissertation.

Mr Tabo Huntley
Centre for Sport and Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
December 10, 2014

Excellent book that is a vital component of any social research methods class. Covers a wide array of research topics in an accessible format.

Mr Joe Fitzgerald
School of Business, Institute of Business & Technology
February 15, 2013

Comprehensive text. Particularly interesting was the chapter on paradigms. Not as practical as expected, however, content is good.

Dr Hannah McCabe
Library, IBAT College
February 1, 2013

This is an easy to read to text and I have adopted this as one of the key essential texts for this unit.

Dr Palash Kamruzzaman
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 6, 2012

Interesting mid-level discussion of research methods; includes examples from my field (education) but they are situated within the larger context of social science research. Thanks for this one!

Dr Carolyn Riehl
Organization Leadership Dept, Teachers College
July 3, 2012

Give a great all round review of all aspects of social science, and despite its focus on sociology it appears generally applicable to other aspects of social sciences.

Dr Eoin O'Malley
Law and Government, Dublin City University (DCU)
February 20, 2012

Under the current course design, this book, whilst an excellent text, is a step too far too soon for the students and can act only as a terciary reading text... which, if I am being honest, means it will be barely looked at. Consequently, whilst included in the reading list I cannot see it being used by anyone but me. The module is undr review though (for expansion) and it may take on greater promenance in the wider design.

Mr Andrew Cropper
Management , Sheffield Hallam University
November 10, 2011

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