An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography
- Daniel Montello - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
- Paul Sutton - University of Denver, Colorado
Geography, Earth & Environmental Science
- generating research ideas
- communicating research and using library resources
- sampling and research design; reliability and validity
- quantitative and qualitative data collection; data analysis, display, and interpretation
- the use of geographic information techniques
Conceptual points are illustrated throughout with examples and demonstrated with specific exercises.
The text applies the research philosophy and methods of the social and behavioral sciences to topics in human geography. The text is intended for undergraduate and graduate geography courses on research methods; it will be valuable as a reference work or primer for students, faculty, and other professionals who want a concise and integrated introduction to research methods in human geography.
For a comprehensive college-level study of geographic research methods, choose An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography, which covers the entire research process and describes basic concepts, from generating ideas to using library resources and using ethical judgement in conducting, compiling and presenting research. Plenty of illustration of different geographic research techniques include boxed summaries and spatial examples, which self-tests, assessments, and exercises make for a perfect beginner's coursebook.
"I would recommend this book for use as a reference or a text in any undergraduate-or graduate-level course that covers geographic research methods. The final, and perhaps key, strength of this book is that it is written for the entire research community."
"Dan Montello and Paul Sutton’s well-written book on how to
pursue geographic inquiry using the scientific method and related research
techniques should become required reading for many present and future
geographers. Even researchers who do not traditionally employ the scientific method,
or do not necessarily adhere to all of its principles, will find this book a
useful addition to their collection. It covers not only topics germane to the
breadth of human geography but offers material that all geographers, human and
physical alike, will find relevant. My expectation is that while this book will
primarily be used for undergraduate courses in research and quantitative methods, graduate students in geography will also find it a
I will recommend this book for students that do not have a very specific geography background
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