Methods: Doing Social Research (4th Edition)

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9780131879256: Methods: Doing Social Research (4th Edition)

In this thoroughly updated new edition of one of the few Canadian research methods texts published for undergraduate courses, sufficient information is provided to give students an inclusive, generous view of the full range of social science approaches and research designs, both quantitative and qualitative.

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In this thoroughly updated new edition of one of the few Canadian research methods texts published for undergraduate courses, sufficient information is provided to give students an inclusive, generous view of the full range of social science approaches and research designs, both quantitative and qualitative.

 

Some features of the 4th edition:

 

  • Special emphasis is given to helping students ‘learn-by-doing’, with practical steps, rules, and procedures to guide those engaged in small-scale research projects and report writing.
  • In the “Social Researchers at Work” boxes and the new “Student Researchers at Work” boxes, the authors provide many relevant and interesting examples of actual research, mostly Canadian, by professional social scientists and by students.
  • A new chapter, Critical Approaches to Research, addresses applied research, introducing institutional ethnography, action research and feminist research, and reflecting current academic trends in Canada.
  • An appendix explains how to process data using SPSS .

 

 

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Value Pack Option

 

Research NavigatorTM gives excellent advice on searching the Web, writing a research paper, avoiding plagiarism, and following proper citation rules. It also includes online access 24/7 to Ebsco’s Content Select database of articles from leading academic journals. A copy of the PH Guide to Research NavigatorTM , with an access code inside good for 12 months, can be packaged with this textbook at no additional cost–a  $12.00 value.  Instructors who wish to take advantage of this special offer can make package arrangements through a Pearson Canada representative.

To view the assets of Research Navigator visit www.researchnavigator.com 

 

To view Pearson Education Canada’s Sociology texts, visit our on-line catalogue www.pearsoned.ca/highered.

 

 

ISBN: 0-13-187925-1

 

Review:

In my opinion it is one of the better social science methods textbooks on the market. Detailed examples are the strong points of Jackson's textbook, and continue to be in this edition.¿ I think [the Canadian research examples are] the most appealing aspect of the textbook for Canadian audiences; certainly what appeals to me.¿ [The Tables are] good, as in previous editions, always clear and concise and, most important, relevant.¿ [The Student Researcher at Work boxes are] excellent; very useful feature of the text and I know my students always want practical examples to illustrate abstract concepts. The fact that it is student research that is used is a real strong point.¿¿
-Mark Lowes, Communication Department, University of Ottawa

[The writing style and level is] probably the best feature of the book.¿ Very clear, engaging and simple. It's one of the few Canadian methods books in existence, which is a real advantage.¿ It's also not as pricey as many other texts. Definitely more approachable than many others as well.
-Philippe Couton, Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa

I think that the coverage of measurement in [chapter 13] is one of the best that I have seen in a methods book. On balance it seems to be quite good in terms of qualitative validity and reliability. The coverage of composite measures is very well done. Major advantage [of this text] is that it is Canadian.
-Harry Rosenbaum, Department of Sociology, University of Winnipeg

The table of contents is well organized and follows the manner in which I would present the material to my students.¿ The writing style throughout the book is of appropriate quality for beginner to intermediate classes. The advantage of this book is the organization by use of tables and diagrams.
-Nikki Thompson, Department of Social Science/ Criminology, Kwantlen University College

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