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Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
An Investigative Approach

First Edition


April 2001 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods is a student-friendly introduction to quantitative research methods and basic statistics. It uses a detective theme throughout the text and in multimedia courseware to show how quantitative methods have been used to solve real-life problems. The book focuses on principles and techniques that are appropriate to introductory level courses in media, psychology and sociology. Examples and illustrations are drawn from historical and contemporary research in the social sciences.

is a student-friendly introduction to quantitative research methods and basic statistics. It uses a detective theme throughout the text and in multimedia courseware to show how quantitative methods have been used to solve real-life problems. The bookfocuses on principles and techniques that are appropriate to introductory level courses in media, psychology and sociology. Examples and illustrations are drawn from historical and contemporary research in the social sciences.

The multimedia courseware provides tutorial work on sampling, basic statistics, and techniques for seeking information from databases and other sources. The statistics modules can be used as either part of a detective games or directly in teaching and learning. Brief video lessons in SPSS, using real datasets, are also a feature of the CD-ROM. 

 
Order at All Points
Counting and Accounting

 
 
Starting the Inquiry
`But What Happened Then?'

 
 
Defining the Inquiry
`Then How Do You Know?'

 
 
Methods of Inquiry
`It Is a Capital Mistake to Theorize before One Has Data!'

 
 
`Data! Data! Data!'
Analyzing Data from the Inquiry

 
 
Finding Answers from the Inquiry
`Elementary, My Dear Watson!'

 
 
Summarizing and Presenting Results
`Quite So!'

 

A must for anyone interested in research. Clear, focussed and easy to understand. All you need to get your research started.

Mrs Sunray Heap
General Education , Cardiff and Vale College
May 29, 2015

A very useful text, that helps students understand the basics of quantitative research methods. Very user friendly, and will be recommending this to my students within the social sciences.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
May 1, 2015

Good comprehensive text on quantitative research methods

Dr Noora Kokkarinen
School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University
August 21, 2014

Very useful text, well written, comprehensive coverage of basics of statistics and quantitative research methods. Easy to follow and sociologically interesting examples. I find this book very useful as a supplementary text in teaching an undergraduate quantitative research methods course.

Dr Marina Shapira
school of applied, Stirling University
May 13, 2014

Very good read, with lots of key elements we are looking to involve within the course

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
February 5, 2014

I recommended adoption to the course monitor, but they did not adopt. I recommend this text to my students though. Thank you.

Dr Thomas Dilbert
Aviation Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aero Univ - Worldwide
February 4, 2014

Balnaves introduction to the (quantitative) research process is a good source for students of the social sciences who look for an accessible and comprehensive explication of standard requirements of their practice. The book is well-written without oversimplifying complicated issues.

Dr Guenther Auth
Geschwister-Scholl Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians University
September 25, 2012

A good 'all round' introductory text. I will be using this with Masters Level students as it provides a good overview of different research techniques. The book is also user friendly and written in language which is easy to read and understand.

Dr Ann Hodson
Department of Social Work, Dundee University
August 29, 2011

This is a particularly useful introduction to quanititative methods that is relevant for a wide range of social science disciplines including law.

Dr Christopher Lamont
School of Law, University of Ulster
October 12, 2010

This text provided pentrable insights to using quantitative approaches in research for the field of Arts Management.

Dr Antonio Cuyler
Performing Arts Dept, American University
September 1, 2010

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Mark Balnaves

Mark Balnaves is Professor and Senior Research Fellow in New Media at Curtin University.  He is located with the Department of Internet Studies within the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts.  His Fellowship focuses on the role of new media, especially social networking tools, in enhancing the link between citizens and governments.Professor Balnaves conducted for Telstra Multimedia Australia’s first major adoption and diffusion study of broadband possibilities in Gungahlin, ACT (at a time when the phrases 'narrowband' and 'broadband' were not in the popular lexicon).  This study contributed to the formation of Telstra’s Bigpond. ... More About Author

Peter Caputi

Position:    Associate ProfessorResearch Interests:    Quantitative Psychology    Psychometrics    Psychological factors determining adoption of new technology    Personal construct psychology - theory and measurement More About Author

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