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  1. The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences

    The SAGE Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences

    Ian C. Jarvie & Jesús Zamora-Bonilla


    What is the relationship between the social sciences and the natural sciences?; Where do today's dominant approaches to doing social science come from?; What are the main fissures and debates in contemporary social scientific thought?; How are we to make sense of seemingly contrasting...


    Methods: Postmodernism , Social networks , Ethnomethodology , Hermeneutics , Ontology , Functionalism , Concepts & philosophies , Causality , Causal models , Pragmatism , Power , Rational choice theory , Symbolic interactionism , Phenomenology , Methodology , Structuralism , Theory , Critical theory

  2. Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Evaluation for the 21st Century: A Handbook

    Eleanor Chelimsky & William R. Shadish


    What methodological tools have been most useful in doing evaluation? What are some of the new methodologies that are being used and developed? Will the types of things evaluated expand from programs, personnel, and products to foreign aid, medical technology, environmental intervent...


    Methods: Measurement , Auditing , Policy evaluation , Evaluation , Performance , Comparison

  3. SRM Datasets

    Making Comparisons of Interview Data and Drawing Out Themes: Experiences of Working in Higher Education

    Jamie Harding


    This example focuses on one of the first stage of the analysis of interview data, where the researcher has the transcripts and faces the challenge of trying to make sense of them. The approach taken is thematic analysis, although it ...


    Methods: Thematic analysis , Comparison

    Data Types: Interview Transcripts

  4. “12 The Sacred Side of Professional Journalism”

    Thorbjörn Broddason

    Found in: Communication Theory and Research


    The idea of sacredness as a key element in the maintenance of social cohesion has been one of the best-established fixtures of sociological thought since its introduction by Emile Durkheim (1976/1915). In this paper the idea is discussed that some occupations, journalism b...

    Methods: Moral / Ethical dilemma , Theory , Ethics / Research ethics , Knowledge

  5. Journal Article

    "The Mode Effect in Mixed-mode Surveys: Mail and Web Surveys"

    Social Science Computer Review (2010)

    Web surveys can suffer from their nonrandom nature (coverage error) and low response rate (nonresponse error). Therefore, web surveys should be supported by mail survey to eliminate these problems. However, using different survey methods together may introduce anothe...

    Methods: Comparison , Experiments , Survey , Survey data analysis , Online survey

  6. Journal Article

    "Conducting Intensive Interviews Using Email: A Serendipitous Comparative Opportunity"

    Qualitative Social Work (2006)

    This article examines the use of computer-mediated recruitment and email intensive interviewing in contrast to more traditional methods of data collection. Email interviewing is compared to telephone and face-to-face interviewing with the same study population utiliz...

    Methods: Methodology , Interviews , Comparison , Experience , Internet research

  7. Journal Article

    "Controlling Error in Multiple Comparisons, with Examples from State-to-State Differences in Educational Achievement"

    Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (1999)

    Two questions often asked about each of a set of observed comparisons are: (a) should we be confident about the direction or the sign of the corresponding underlying population comparison, and (b) for what interval of values should we be confident that it contains the va...

    Methods: Quantitative data analysis , Comparison , Statistical power , Effect size (ES) , Alpha error / Type i error , Power

  8. Journal Article

    "Surrogate endpoint validation: statistical elegance versus clinical relevance"

    Statistical Methods in Medical Research (2008)

    A variety of approaches have been proposed to provide formal and informal validation of proposed surrogate markers. To achieve true clinical impact, the validation must convince both the statistical and clinical communities. In this paper, we argue that the best approach...

    Methods: Statistical significance , Regression , Comparison , Correlation , Validity

  9. Journal Article

    "Comparing Logit and Probit Coefficients Across Groups"

    Sociological Methods & Research (1999)

    For binary dependent variables, logit (logistic) and probit regression have become standard methods of analysis. As with ordinary linear regression, researchers often estimate separate binary regression models for two or more groups of individuals and then compare coeffi...

    Methods: Regression , Comparison

  10. Journal Article

    "Is Optimal Matching Suboptimal?"

    Sociological Methods & Research (2009)

    In the late 1980s, Andrew Abbott introduced a technique known as optimal matching to the social sciences. Optimal matching (OM) is a method borrowed from biology that can be used to create a measure of similarity (or more often dissimilarity) between pairs of sequence...

    Methods: Comparison , Analysis , Algorithms

  11. Journal Article

    "Proceeding From Observed Correlation to Causal Inference: The Use of Natural Experiments"

    Perspectives on Psychological Science (2007)

    From an early point in their training, all behavioral scientists are taught that statistically significant correlations do not necessarily mean any kind of causative effect. Nevertheless, the literature is full of studies with findings that are exclusively based on c...

    Methods: Inference , Association , Bias , Concepts & philosophies , Causal inference , Correlation , Causal effects , Variables , Contextual effects , Research design , Causation , Comparison , Experiments , Qualitative data analysis

  12. Making Sense of Social Research

    Making Sense of Social Research

    Malcolm Williams


    What are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introductio...


    Methods: Positivism , Ethics / Research ethics , Scientific method , Literature review , Mixed methods , Qualitative research , Understanding , Realism , Truth claims , Research questions , Methodological pluralism , Sampling , Research design , Regression , Interpretivism , Critical theory

  13. Qualitative Research in Information Systems

    Qualitative Research in Information Systems

    Michael D. Myers & David Avison


    Qualitative research has become a legitimate approach within the information systems community, but researchers have traditionally drawn upon material from the social sciences given the absence of a single source relevant to them. Qualitative Research in Information Systems: A Reader ...


    Methods: Hermeneutics , Positivism , Ethnography , Qualitative research , Interpretivism , Critical hermeneutics

  14. Understanding Management Research

    Understanding Management Research

    Phil Johnson & Joanne Duberley


    'These sections represent the clearest rendition yet of these subjects, with difficult concepts introduced in a digestible form for the neophytic (or not so neophytic) researcher. Whilst in a book this size not every argument can be presented, there is ample extra material to be found...


    Methods: Postmodernism , Rationalism , Positivism , Ontology , Objectivity , Objectivism , Subjectivity , Methodology , Relativism , Epistemology , Empiricism , Logical positivism , Critical theory

  15. Practitioner Research in Counselling

    Practitioner Research in Counselling

    John McLeod


    `This is a practical guide to carrying out research in counselling and the helping professions generally. It covers all major aspects of research and guides the reader through the essential processes involved, from setting up and ...


    Methods: Research questions , Practitioner research , Positivism , Methodological pluralism , Research design , Data analysis , Qualitative research , Qualitative data analysis

  16. The Quality of Qualitative Research

    The Quality of Qualitative Research

    Clive Seale


    `Apart from its inherent readability, I found three other attractive features about the book: First is the use of exemplars based on case ...


    Methods: Postmodernism , Negative cases , Internal reliability , Ethnomethodology , Positivism , Ethnography , Induction / Analytic induction , External validity , Concepts & philosophies , Grounded theory , Qualitative research

  17. Qualitative Marketing Research

    Qualitative Marketing Research

    David Carson, Audrey Gilmore, Chad Perry & Kjell Gronhaug


    As the importance of marketing to business grows, and as new concepts and applications of marketing emerge and evolve, so too does the need for up-to-date market intelligence. This book recognizes that the contribution which qualitative research can make to market understanding and in...


    Methods: Positivism , Concepts & philosophies , Marketing research , Qualitative research , Interpretivism

  18.  for the Behavioral and Health Sciences

    for the Behavioral and Health Sciences

    David L. Morgan & Robin K. Morgan


    This text ntroduces readers to the history, epistemology, and strategies of single-case research design. The authors offer concrete information on how to observe, measure, and interpret change in relevant outcome variables and how to design strategies that promote causal inferences. ...


    Methods: Practitioner evaluation , Single case , Evaluation , Comparison , Intervention study , Experiments , Observational methods , Behaviour analysis , Validity

  19. Meta-Analytic Procedures for Social Research

    Meta-Analytic Procedures for Social Research

    Robert Rosenthal


    Praised in the first edition for the clarity of his general framework for conceptualizing meta-analysis, Rosenthal's revised edition covers the latest techniques in the field, such as a new effect size indicator for one size data, a new coefficient of robustness of replication, new pr...


    Methods: Meta-analysis , Meta synthesis , Comparison , Effect size (ES)

  20. Assessing the Quality of Survey Data

    Assessing the Quality of Survey Data

    Jörg Blasius & Victor Thiessen


    This book introduces the latest methods for assessing the quality and validity of survey data by providing new ways of interpreting variation and measuring error. By practically and accessibly demonstrating these techniques, especially those derived from Multiple Correspondence Analys...


    Methods: Integrity , Scaling , Screening , Comparison , Quantitative data collection , Quality criteria , Survey

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