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Methodological Thinking

Methodological Thinking
Basic Principles of Social Research Design

August 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE South Asia
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 Methodological Thinking: Basic Principles of Social Research Design focuses on the underlying logic of social research and encourages students to understand research methods as a way of thinking. The book provides an overview of the basic principles of social research, including the foundations of research (data, concepts, theory), the characteristics of research questions, the importance of literature reviews, measurement (conceptualization and operationalization), data generation techniques (experiments, surveys, interviews, observation, document analysis), and sampling.

The text is organized to help students become good consumers and producers of research by developing skills to design small-scale research projects and evaluate research done by others. The author highlights the relationships among various components of research; she also explains that it is not possible to argue that one form of research is better than any other and that good researchers understand the differences among—and appreciate the capabilities of—different tools.

Key Features
- Takes an interdisciplinary approach, with examples in criminology/criminal justice, sociology, political science/international relations, and social work
- Offers a balanced account of theoretical perspectives, providing students with an unbiased presentation
- Minimizes technical details of social research design to emphasize logic and general principles

Visit to explore the open-access Student Study Site, which features the full versions of the journal articles that are referenced throughout the book.

Exploring the World of Social Research Design
Research Questions
Literature Reviews
Data Generation Techniques
Summary: Writing and Evaluating Social Research Design
Appendix: Articles Used as Examples

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Donileen R. Loseke

Donileen R. Loseke is a professor in the department of sociology at the University of South Florida. She received her BA and MA in psychology (California State University, Dominguez Hills) and her PhD in sociology (University of California, Santa Barbara). Her books include The Battered Woman and Shelters, which won the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Thinking About Social Problems. She also is the editor of Current Controversies on Family Violence (with Richard Gelles) and Social Problems: Constructionist Readings (with Joel Best). Numerous journal articles and book chapters report... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132110156