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The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods
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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

excellent selection of topics - good for advanced masters students

Dr Daniel Valentine
School of Business, Albion College
November 10, 2011

Very clear, useful articles, especially for postgraduate students. Especially useful is the Bryman chapter 'End of the Paradigm Wars'.

Dr Barbara Read
School of Education, Roehampton University
October 20, 2010

Useful texts for understanding the different social research methods.

Mrs Christiana Karayianni
Department of Journalism, Frederick University Cyprus
August 10, 2010

simple to use and highly effective, especially for higher degree level.

Miss Marie-Claire Blundell
Education, Commuity and Leisure, Liverpool John Moores University
December 4, 2009

This book is useful as a reference guide for some of our students and would recommend that they can dip in and out of it, but it explores a range of issues and at level 2, i think some of the other text books are more accessible, such as the Henn, Weinstein and Foard book and also O leary. However, the book will remain on the reading list as supplemental for various sessions.

Ms Charlotte Hargreaves
Sociology , Nottingham Trent University
November 28, 2009
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