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Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use

Give your sociology students a holistic, contextualized approach to sociological research methods.



March 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use is an innovative text that takes a holistic approach to the subject by discussing each step in the research process within the context of a particular method. After an opening chapter that surveys different methods of data collection and the components of research, students proceed immediately to chapters on specific methods. Each of these chapters begins with a description of the method and the logic that underlies it, so that students can see how each step in the research process fits within the logic of that particular method. The chapters then go on to present all of the steps of research as they relate to that particular research method, from writing research questions through analysis. With this format, instructors can begin engaging students in hands-on exercises almost immediately, increasing interest in and comprehension of the material.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
What is Empirical Social Research?  
Why is Research Important?  
Methods of Data Collection  
Quantitative and Qualitative Research  
Basic and Applied Research  
The Components of Research  
Reading This Text  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 2: Interviewing
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Sampling  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 3: Observation and Ethnography
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 4: Surveys
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 5: Secondary Data Analysis
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 6: Existing Statistics Research
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 7: Content Analysis
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Sampling  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  
 
Chapter 8: Experiments for Evaluation Research
Methodology  
Research Questions  
Literature Review  
Choosing a Study Design  
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing  
Sampling  
Ethics  
Preparing for Data Collection  
Data Collection  
Data Analysis  
Evaluating the Quality of Data and Analysis  
Presenting the Results  
Summary Points  

My course focuses heavily on specific strategies in a particular order. Because each chapter stands as a discrete discussion of a given data collection strategy it makes it possible to mix up the order in which chapters are assigned, and to supplement those with readings from other sources. Given how difficult it is to get students to actually read textbooks (or anything) the format of this book makes it easy to work with.

Dr Chris London
Graduate Program of International Affairs, The New School University
December 30, 2016

This is an interesting book, which I believe fills some gaps that other texts do not cover adequately when it comes to social research.

Dr Denis Feather
Dept. of Strategy, Marketing and Economics, Huddersfield University
April 30, 2015

Still considering. Published review in following journal:

Sharma, M. (2015). Research methods for substance abuse practitioners. [Review of the book: Real research. Research methods sociology students can use.] Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 59(1), 87-90.

Dr Manoj Sharma
Behavioral & Environmental Health, Jackson State University
February 1, 2015
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

• Designed specifically for sociology students, with a balance between basic research (the majority of what students will read in their sociology classes) and applied research (the methods and designs they will use in career settings).
• Each chapter presents a method in its entirety, allowing for maximum flexibility in teaching.
“Real Research Profiles” in every chapter feature former students who use that particular method in their sociology-related career.
"Check Your Understanding" exercises incorporated throughout the chapters encourage students to immediately practice what they have read
Two appendices, one on reviewing the literature and the other on writing research proposals, expose students to useful, practical strategies including how to search online databases for existing literature, how to avoid plagiarizing, how to craft a literature review, and the aim and parts of a good research proposal.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 7


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