Need to Know: Social Science Research Methods

Author: Lisa McIntyre

Price: $16.05 - $146.59

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 5, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0767413172

ISBN-13: 978-0767413176

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches

1. Introduction

This accessible, alternative approach to mainstream Research Methods titles is written for students who will need to interpret social research in their careers and, more than likely, have opportunities to do research. The book’s focus is on equipping students with the tools both to evaluate research done by others and to do their own research. Exercises in the text help students develop skills and strategies for research, including Internet assignments for finding and evaluating sources. The text provides students with a solid grounding in the relevant aspects of the philosophy of science and thoroughly explains the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

About the Author

Lisa J. McIntyre is associate professor in sociology at Washington State University. She received the PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. She is the author of three books including The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute; Law in the Sociological Enterprise and The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology and the editor of The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology. With Marvin Sussman, McIntyre edited Families and Law. An enthusiastic teacher and popular lecturer, McIntyre is a winner of Washington State University’s William F. Mullen Teaching Medal and numerous departmental teaching awards. Her central research focus is on how law and social behavior interact.

2. Comment

2.1 By schnauzerlady on June 12, 2014

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Compared to other textbooks for classes, this one for a methods in research class is easy to read, ideas are clearly stated, and the book is not so oversized or tightly bound that you have to use both hands to read it. You're lucky if you get this for a class!! Nice change up from the dry, self centered theme of most college texts.

2.2 By Counselor on February 16, 2014

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But someone needs to correct her theological explanations of science ( *sigh*, it's another "science versus religion" explanation of how science has been liberated and democratized for and by the people from those evil clergymen...who happened to be scientists...and progenitors of whole scientific disciplines). Please, someone at Washington State University, give your professor a full text of Galileo's inquisition or at least point out that the yet-unheard of mathematical expressions needed by Galileo were supplied to him by the Jesuits! We can start from there.

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