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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 incorporates elements of other approaches. This exam...


    Methods: Comparison

    Data Types: Interview transcripts

  4. 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

  5. “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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  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. Multiple Comparisons

    Multiple Comparisons

    Alan J. Klockars & Gilbert Sax


    Multiple Comparisons demonstrates the most important methods of investigating differences between levels of an independent variable within an experimental design. The authors review the analysis of variance and hypothesis testing and describe the dimensions on which multiple compariso...


    Methods: Constant comparison , Comparison

  13. 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

  14. Methods Case Studies

    Ethnographic Methods in Action: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Investigate International Student Mobility

    Katherine Nielsen


    In 2008, I moved to the Republic of Ireland for 8 months to examine the independent learning of international students while they were simultaneously students and tourists. I was jointly supervised by a ...


    Methods: Fieldwork , Interviews , Quantitative research , Ethnography , Comparison , Participant observation , Literature review , Qualitative research , Access , Survey

  15. Methods Case Studies

    Researching Sexuality and the Self: Constructing and Answering Questions about Dating through Stories and Comparison

    Alexandra Kowalski & Monika Krause


    We recently published a comparative study of dating practices under the title ‘Reflexive Habits: Dating and Rationalized Conduct in New York and Berlin’. In this case analysis, we expose and discuss the messy process un...


    Methods: Reflection , Life stories , Authenticity , Question formation , Cross-national comparison , Comparison , Qualitative research , Narrative analysis

  16. 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)

  17. Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra

    Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra

    Daniele Caramani


    Offering students and researchers in the behavioural and social sciences a brief and accessible introduction to the comparative method, it is ideal for students of public administration, policy, sociology, political science, social...


    Methods: Quantitative data analysis , Comparative research , Comparison , Boolean logic

  18. Configurational Comparative Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques

    Configurational Comparative Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Related Techniques

    Benoît Rihoux & Charles C. Ragin


    Paves the way for an innovative approach to empirical scientific work through a strategy that integrates key strengths of both qualitative ...


    Methods: Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) , Comparative research , Comparison

  19. 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

  20. Multiple Comparison Procedures

    Multiple Comparison Procedures

    Larry E. Toothaker


    In this volume, Larry Toothaker provides the procedures that will enable researchers to establish the significance of differences between two comparable groups. Issues addressed include: planned versus post-hoc comparisons; ...


    Methods: Constant comparison , Comparison , Two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) , One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) , Analysis of variance (ANOVA)

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