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Research Methods in Practice

Research Methods in Practice
Strategies for Description and Causation

Third Edition

November 2021 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Thoroughly updated to reflect changes in both research and methods, this Third Edition of Remler and Van Ryzin’s innovative, standard-setting text is imbued with a deep commitment to making social and policy research methods accessible and meaningful. Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation motivates readers to examine the logic and limits of social science research from academic journals and government reports. A central theme of causation versus description runs through the text, emphasizing the idea that causal research is essential to understanding the origins of social problems and their potential solutions. Readers will find excitement in the research experience as the best hope for improving the world in which we live, while also acknowledging the trade-offs and uncertainties in real-world research.

Part I: Foundations
1. Research in the Real World
2. Theory, Models, and Research Questions
3. Qualitative Research
Part II: Strategies for Description
4. Measurement
5. Sampling
6. Secondary Data
7. Surveys and Other Primary Data
Part III: Statistical Tools and Their Interpretation
8. Making Sense of the Numbers
9. Making Sense of Inferential Statistics
10. Making Sense of Multivariate Statistics
Part IV: Strategies for Causation
11. Causation
12. Observational Studies
13. Using Regression to Estimate Causal Effects
14. Randomized Experiments
15. Natural and Quasi Experiments
Part V: Context and Communication
16. The Politics, Production, and Ethics of Research
17. How to Find, Review, and Present Research


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