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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.

Digital Option / Courseware

SAGE Vantage is an intuitive digital platform that delivers this text’s content and course materials in a learning experience that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers simple course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. Learn more.

Assignable Video with Assessment
Assignable video (available with SAGE Vantage) is tied to learning objectives and curated exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life. Watch a sample video now.

LMS Cartridge: Import this title’s instructor resources into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Don’t use an LMS? You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.  Learn more.

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


Instructor Resource Site

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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include:
  • Test banks
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides
  • Sample course syllabi
  • Lecture notes
  • All tables and figures from the textbook
Don’t use an LMS platform? 

You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.
Student Study Site 

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

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
Key features
  • This text is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • Every chapter contains a set of fully-developed and class-tested “Doing Sociology” activities (64 total).
  • There are shorter and longer “Doing Sociology” activities; activities designed for both in-person and online classes; and activities that require individual or group work. All activities are fully assignable in Vantage.
  • “Check Your Understanding” questions at the conclusion of every major section ensure students’ comprehension and retention of what they’ve just read.
  • “Consider This” questions spark deep thinking as well as classroom discussions.
  • Every chapter profiles a “Sociologist in Action” whose research activities are to making a positive impact on society.
  • Covers eight different quantitative and qualitative methodologies including complete chapters on Content Analysis and Mixed Methods Research.
  • Ch. 15, “Telling the Story,” describes how researchers interact with and participate in the communities they are studying.
  • Ch. 16, “Changing the Game,” discusses how social researchers can remain true to sociology’s commitments to social change and social justice.
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