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Social Research Methods

Social Research Methods
Sociology in Action

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June 2022 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Featuring a unique pedagogical framework, Social Research Methods: Sociology in Action provides all the elements required to create an active learning experience for this course. Modeled after the other volumes in SAGE's "Sociology in Action" series, this innovative new text combines hands-on work, application, and learning-by-example. It features a diverse group of expert contributing authors who also practice active learning in their own classrooms.

Each chapter discusses one aspect of conducting quantitative or qualitative research and pairs that foundational coverage with carefully-developed learning activities and thought-provoking questions that prompt students to practice and apply their new research skills. The comprehensive Activity Guide that accompanies the text will help you carry out and assess the activities that best engage your students, fit the mode of instruction you choose, and meet your course goals.

In the spirit of the “Sociology in Action” theme, the text concludes with two unique chapters on how social researchers interact with their surrounding communities and help bring about social change and social justice.

This title is accompanied by a complete teaching and learning package. Contact your SAGE representative to request a demo.

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Kristin Kenneavy
Chapter 1. Making the Case for Sociological Knowledge
Mellisa Holtzman
Chapter 2. Posing Questions, Crafting Explanations, and Communicating Results
Emily McKendry-Smith, Anne Kristen Hunter
Chapter 3. Characterizing the Dimensions of Social Research
Steve Gunkel
Chapter 4. Contemplating the Ethical Dilemmas of Social Research
Jennifer A. Strangfeld
Chapter 5. Selecting Observations
Kimberly Tauches
Chapter 6. Authenticating Concepts and Measures
R. Saylor Breckenridge
Chapter 7. Causality and the Role of Experimental Designs
William Scarborough
Chapter 8. Surveying the Social Landscape
Kathleen (Casey) Oberlin
Chapter 9. Watching, Talking and Listening
Edward L. Kain
Chapter 10. Collecting What’s Already There: Content Analysis and some Related Methods
Maura Kelly
Chapter 11. Mixed Methods Research
Catherine E. Harnois
Chapter 12. Quantitative Analysis
Krista McQueeney
Chapter 13. Coding Qualitative Data: Revealing Patterns in Words and Images
Sara Haviland, Heather McKay
Chapter 14. Evaluation Research: Applying Data to Problems
Heather Parrott
Chapter 15. Telling the Story: Interacting with the Communities You Study
Adam Saltsman
Chapter 16. Changing the Game: Using Research to Promote Social Justice


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Have not been able to get access through RedShelf despite following all directions, contacting publisher and RedShelf. Hope to have that resolved in time to make a decision about this and all other texts in my RedShelf library.

Annette Schwabe
Sociology Dept, Florida State University
September 21, 2022

Kristin Marie Kenneavy

Kristin Kenneavy is an associate professor of Sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her research interests include sexual and interpersonal violence prevention, sexuality, gender roles, and media effects. Her current work takes an intersectional approach to the effects of gender, race, and class on bystander intervention to prevent violence. She teaches Social Research Methods, Social Statistics, Public Sociologies, Environmental Sociology, and Sociology of Media and Pop Culture. She is the recipient of Ramapo College’s Henry Bischoff Award for Excellence in Teaching and has served as the Center for Student Involvement’s Faculty... More About Author

Catherine E. Harnois

Catherine E. Harnois is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University, where she teaches courses on social inequality and research methods. She is the author of two books: Feminist Measures in Survey Research (SAGE 2013) and Analyzing Inequalities: An Introduction to Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality Using the US General Social Survey (SAGE, 2018). Her current research uses an intersectional framework to investigate issues of political consciousness, identity, and discrimination. Her methodological work on the intersection of gender and racial discrimination received the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to... More About Author

Maxine P. Atkinson

Maxine P. Atkinson is Professor Emerita of Sociology at North Carolina State University, a research  extensive university in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Her area of specialty is the scholarship of teaching and learning and her published work has appeared in such journals as Teaching Sociology, The International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, and TRAILS: TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology.  She is also one of the  authors of the recent American Sociological Association’s work defining best practices in the undergraduate... More About Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World,  The Engaged Sociologist,  Sociologists in Action, ,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544373935