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Social Research Methods- Vantage Learning Platform

Social Research Methods- Vantage Learning Platform
Sociology in Action

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March 2022 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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About Social Research Methods: Sociology in Action

Featuring a unique pedagogical framework, Social Research Methods: Sociology in Action offers tools and techniques that help instructors construct an active learning course that bridges the gap between academic research and the larger social world. Students are guided through the process of conducting research in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods.

The fourth title in Sage's "Sociology in Action" series of texts combines all the foundational content needed for an introduction to social research methods course with a rich and diverse set of assignable creative, hands-on, data analytic, and community learning activities fully integrated into the text. Instructors teaching both on-line and in-person will inspire more discussion, application, independent investigation, and reflection in their classes.

Guided learning questions and resources are outlined in each chapter. Editors Kristin Kenneavy, Catherine E. Harnois, Maxine P. Atkinson and Kathleen Odell Korgen conclude with two unique chapters that focus on how social researchers interact with their surrounding communities and help bring about social change and social justice.

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Chapter 1. Making the Case for Sociological Knowledge
Chapter 2. Posing Questions, Crafting Explanations, and Communicating Results
Chapter 3. Characterizing the Dimensions of Social Research
Chapter 4. Contemplating the Ethical Dilemmas of Social Research
Chapter 5. Selecting Observations
Chapter 6. Authenticating Concepts and Measures
Chapter 7. Causality and the Role of Experimental Designs
Chapter 8. Surveying the Social Landscape
Chapter 9. Watching, Talking, and Listening
Chapter 10. Collecting What's Already There: Content Analysis and Some Related Methods
Chapter 11. Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 12. Quantitative Methods
Chapter 13. Coding Qualitative Data: Revealing Patterns in Words and Images
Chapter 14. Evaluation Research: Applying Data to Problems
Chapter 15. Telling the Story: Interacting with the Communities You Study
Chapter 16. Challenging the Game: Using Research to Promote Social Justice


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KEY FEATURES OF Social Research Methods: Sociology in Action
  • 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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