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Social Experimentation


Volume: 1

December 1998 | 421 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This book provides researchers, evaluators, and graduate students with a user-friendly presentation of Donald T. Campbell's essential work (including his thoughts on some of his classic works) in social experimentation. The book includes Campbell's exploration of the experimenting society and how experimentation can be used to improve society; the compatibility of quantitative and qualitative methods for validity seeking; threats to the validity of social experiments and how they can be controlled; the degree to which the social sciences can achieve scientific status; and the degree to which the operations, products, and consequences of science have a social impact. By including introductions for each part and detailed overviews to each article, Social Experimentation provides social scientists with useful insights into Campbell's papers in a format accessible to advanced undergraduate and graduate students.


 
PART ONE: THE CONCEPT OF AN EXPERIMENTING SOCIETY
 
Overview of Chapter 1
 
The Experimenting Society
 
Overview of Chapter 2
 
Pleasure/Pain Relativism and Planning the Good Society
 
PART TWO: THREATS TO THE VALIDITY OF SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS AND HOW THEY CAN BE CONTROLLED
 
Overview of Chapter 3
 
An Inventory of Threats to Validity and Alternative Designs To Control Them
 
Overview of Chapter 4
 
Relabeling Internal and External Validity
 
PART THREE: THEORY OF SCIENCE FOR SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION
 
Overview of Chapter 5
 
Legacies of Logical Positivism and Beyond
 
Overview of Chapter 6
 
On The Rhetorical Use of Reports of Experiments
 
Overview of Chapter 7
 
Sociological Epistemology
 
Overview of Chapter 8
 
Sociology of Scientific Validity
 
Overview of Chapter 9
 
Sociology of Applied Scientific Validity
 
Overview of Chapter 10
 
"Social Construction" Is Compatible with "Validity" in Science
 
PART FOUR: DESIGNS AND TECHNICAL ISSUES
 
Overview of Chapter 11
 
Regression Artifacts in Time Series
 
Overview of Chapter 12
 
Regression Artifacts in Repeated Cross-Sectional Measures
 
Overview of Chapter 13
 
The Regression Discontinuity Design
 
Overview of Chapter 14
 
Design for Community-Based Demonstration Projects
 
Overview of Chapter 15
 
Treatment-Effect Correlations
 
Overview of Chapter 16
 
The Case Control Method as a Quasi-Experimental Design

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