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Active Learning Exercises for Research Methods in Social Sciences

Active Learning Exercises for Research Methods in Social Sciences

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January 2012 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Based on the premise that when students do something instead of simply reading about it, they understand it better, this book comprises 29 hands-on, active learning activities for use in research methods courses in the social sciences.

The activities were created by instructors throughout the country and demonstrated to be effective in their classrooms. A variety of activities is included: group activities, solo activities, some that take a lot of time and others that take less time. Each one of them is directly related to a concept of research methods and aims to help students become better researchers.

Chapter 1. Inquiry and Sampling
Chapter 2. Things that Vary
Chapter 3. Survey Methods
Chapter 4. Qualitative Methods, Observational Methods
Chapter 5. Qualitative Methods, Interview/Focus Groups
Chapter 6. Quantitative Methods
Chapter 7. Mixed Methods

“The key strength is the non formal nature of the dialogue, setting a tone of comfort around a subject that typically creates stress for students. Secondly, students get to test their learning in a non-threatening way using the activities.”

Darnell J. Bradley, Ed.D.
Cardinal Stritch University

“It is organized around an active, student-centered style of learning. It makes use of topics that are relevant to students' lives. It makes abstract and quantitative aspects of methods concrete and approachable.”

Jason Lee Crockett
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

I will use a few exercises from the book that pertain to qualitative methods. If I was teaching a mixed methods course this text would be a must. Is there anyway that as an instructor I can buy the password-protected instructor's resource? I have found that so help in teaching Phil McMichael's Development and Social Change.

Professor Cynthia Caron
International Development, Community, Environment, Clark University
December 11, 2014

I ordered this in hoping to find some excellent teaching strategies for introducing the other books that I require my students to purchase from Sage. Some great ideas for use in the classroom.

Robert Campbell
Education Dept, Argosy University - Phoenix
September 10, 2013

A bit too quantitatively heavy for our focus in research methods.

Dr Maria Hegbloom
Communication Studies, Bridgewater State College
April 12, 2013

I will use this book to complement Creswell's new edition and to bring exercises on research design.

Dr Ernesto Rosario-Hernandez
Psychology , Ponce School of Medicine
April 1, 2013

Haven't taught research methods since receiving review text. Will teach this spring but book already selected. Will use as an adjunct text and consider adopting for future course.

Dr Stephen Thompson
Social Science , National-Louis University
February 14, 2013

The exercises in this book provide a critical bridge between theoretical concepts in research methodology and real world applications at the undergraduate level.

After reviewing this text, I decided to use it for POLS 300, Policy Analysis as a required text, and for POLS 200, Introduction to Public Policy, as a recommended text.

I can't wait to share it with my students.

Tera McCown
Political Science Dept, University of Charleston
July 19, 2012

I didn't find the exercises particularly innovative, useful or clearly explained. They don't seem to be designed to help students learn research methods. Rather, they are mostly internet exercises or filling out worksheets with very generic questions.

Dr Deinya Phenix
Sociology Criminal Just Dept, St Francis College
April 24, 2012

Beth Pamela Skott

Dr. Beth Pamela Skott is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Social Science Program at the University of Bridgeport. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2003, however, she still considers herself a Blue Hen after receiving her BA from the University of Delaware in 1994. She has been teaching Research Methods since Fall 2000, using numerous textbooks and teaching techniques and this led her to develop various active learning techniques to enhance the learning process. Dr. Skott has also developed a cross-cultural teaching technique, which is in the second edition of Active Learning Through Sociology... More About Author

Masjo H. Ward

Masjo Ward is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport with degrees in both International Political Economy and Diplomacy and Social Science. He studied Research Methods under Dr. Skott and served as her teaching assistant for 2 semesters. In the fall of 2011 he began studying law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC. More About Author

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