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Designing Research in the Social Sciences
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Designing Research in the Social Sciences



© 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This innovative research design text will help you make informed choices when carrying out your research project. Covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and with examples drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, the authors explain what is at stake when choosing a research design, and discuss the trade-offs that researchers have to make when considering issues such as:

- causality

- categories and classification

- heterogeneity

- interdependence

- time

This book will appeal to students and researchers looking for an in-depth understanding of research design issues to help them design their projects in a thoughtful and responsible way.

 
Social Sciences and Research Design
 
Conceptual Analysis
 
Causal Analysis
 
Statistical Research Designs for Causal Inference
 
Temporality
 
Heterogeneity
 
Interdependence
 
Conclusions: Connecting the Dots

This volume takes seriously the goal of unifying qualitative and quantitative methods, providing a coherent framework for understanding research design in the social science. Highly recommended.
John Gerring
Professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics


Magetti, Gilardi, and Radaelli provide scholars with a forum to reflect on the 'thinking' and 'doing' of social research. The authors deftly tackle the major issues related to the construction of causal explanations. An excellent primer to research design and analysis, that will cause seasoned readers to rethink core assumptions of research design and methods.
Melissa Wooten
Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Recommended text for our nursing and social work degree students

Dr Vincent Icheku
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
December 3, 2013

Useful additional reading for students taking modules relating to Research processes. Gaining an understanding of research design is an essential aspect of research and this book will assist students to devlope their knowledge and understanding in this area.

Ms Bridget Penhale
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
July 24, 2013

Nice ideas, I just did not like the structure of the book for this particular course. I may re-consider it in the future.

Mr Henk Van Der Kolk
Political Science & Research Methods, Twente University
July 12, 2013

an immensely useful guide for students developing their first piece of independent research, such as dissertations

Mr Richard Kotter
Dept of Geography, Northumbria University
June 27, 2013

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