Designing Experiments for the Social Sciences

Designing Experiments for the Social Sciences
Author: Renita Coleman
Publsiher: SAGE Publications
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2018-08-27
ISBN: 1506377319
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing Experiments for the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

"This book is a must for learning about the experimental design–from forming a research question to interpreting the results this text covers it all." –Sarah El Sayed, University of Texas at Arlington Designing Experiments for the Social Sciences: How to Plan, Create, and Execute Research Using Experiments is a practical, applied text for courses in experimental design. The text assumes that students have just a basic knowledge of the scientific method, and no statistics background is required. With its focus on how to effectively design experiments, rather than how to analyze them, the book concentrates on the stage where researchers are making decisions about procedural aspects of the experiment before interventions and treatments are given. Renita Coleman walks readers step-by-step on how to plan and execute experiments from the beginning by discussing choosing and collecting a sample, creating the stimuli and questionnaire, doing a manipulation check or pre-test, analyzing the data, and understanding and interpreting the results. Guidelines for deciding which elements are best used in the creation of a particular kind of experiment are also given. This title offers rich pedagogy, ethical considerations, and examples pertinent to all social science disciplines.

Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences

Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences
Author: Frank Bechhofer,Lindsay Paterson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 1134611064
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

This practical introduction for first time researchers provides a bridge between how to conduct research and the philosophy of social science, allowing students to relate what they are doing to why. It does not provide a set of rigid recipes for social scientists as many methodology books do, rather it stimulates students to think about the issues involved when deciding upon their research design. By discussing standard approaches to research design and method in various social science disciplines, the authors illustrate why particular designs have traditionally predominated in certain areas of study. But whilst they acknowledge the strengths of these standard approaches, their emphasis is on helping researchers find the most effective solution to their problem by encouraging them, through this familiarity with the principles of various approaches, to innovate where appropriate. This text will prove indispensable for social science students of all levels embarking upon a research project, and for experienced researchers looking for a fresh perspective on their object of study.

Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences

Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences
Author: Murray Webster,Jane Sell
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 534
Release: 2014-07-01
ISBN: 0124051863
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

While there are many books available on statistical analysis of data from experiments, there is significantly less available on the design, development, and actual conduct of the experiments. Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences summarizes how to design and conduct scientifically sound experiments, be they from surveys, interviews, observations, or experimental methods. The book encompasses how to collect reliable data, the appropriate uses of different methods, and how to avoid or resolve common problems in experimental research. Case study examples illustrate how multiple methods can be used to answer the same research questions and what kinds of outcome would result from each methodology. Sound data begins with effective data collection. This book will assist students and professionals alike in sociology, marketing, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology. Provides a comprehensive summary of issues in social science experimentation, from ethics to design, management, and financing Offers "how-to" explanations of the problems and challenges faced by everyone involved in social science experiments Pays attention to both practical problems and to theoretical and philosophical arguments Defines commonalities and distinctions within and among experimental situations across the social sciences

The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project

The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project
Author: Zina O′Leary
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2021-03-10
ISBN: 1529756545
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project Book Excerpt:

This practical book sets out how to approach each stage of your research project, from choosing a research design and methodology to collecting and analysing data and communicating your results – and showcases best practice along the way. Packed with pragmatic guidance for tackling research in the real world, this fourth edition: Offers support for diving into a project using digital data, with how-to guidance on conducting online and social media research Empowers you to confidently disseminate your work and present with impact Helps you map out your research journey and put a plan in place with decision trees in every chapter Challenges you to be reflective and critical about the research you consume and undertake Zina O′Leary′s detailed and down-to-earth approach gives you the research skills and momentum you need to successfully complete your research project.

Multi Method Social Science

Multi Method Social Science
Author: Jason Seawright
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-09-08
ISBN: 131679069X
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Multi Method Social Science Book Excerpt:

Reflecting the rising popularity of research that combines qualitative and quantitative social science, Multi-Method Social Science provides the first systematic guide to designing multi-method research. It argues that methods can be productively combined using the framework of integrative multi-method research, with one method used to carry out a final causal inference, and methods from other traditions used to test the key assumptions involved in that causal inference. In making this argument, Jason Seawright considers a wide range of statistical tools including regression, matching, and natural experiments. The book also discusses qualitative tools including process tracing, the use of causal process observations, and comparative case study research. Along the way, the text develops over a dozen multi-method designs to test key assumptions about social science causation.

Ebook The Good Research Guide For Small Scale Social Research Projects

Ebook  The Good Research Guide  For Small Scale Social Research Projects
Author: Martyn Denscombe
Publsiher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-09-16
ISBN: 0335249841
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ebook The Good Research Guide For Small Scale Social Research Projects Book Excerpt:

The Good Research Guide provides practical and straightforward guidance for those who need to conduct small-scale research projects as part of their undergraduate, postgraduate or professional studies. The 7th edition covers topics in a clear, user-friendly style outlining the key points and explaining why they are important. The new edition has been updated throughout and has additional material on topics such as social media research, online surveys, image-based research and participatory action research. It also features new chapters on how to prepare for a research project, with specific guidance on: · how to undertake a literature review · how to write a research proposal · how to ensure the research is ethical · how to locate the project within a research paradigm Full of practical advice and valuable examples, this is the go-to book for students looking to improve their research skills. “Having this book at your side is like having your hand held from start to finish and every decision in between... I very much welcome a new edition for my students” Melanie Nind, Professor of Education, University of Southampton and Co-director, National Centre for Research Methods, UK "Comprehensively updated, this book remains the indispensable student guide to the research process… It's not just good, it's great!" Dr Tom Clark, Lecturer in Research Methods, The University of Sheffield, UK “The text is informative, concise, and attractive. Each chapter presents sections in an easy-to-read format with further reading ideas and link ups to the numerous topics covered throughout the book.” Dr Alaster Scott Douglas, Reader in the School of Education, University of Roehampton, UK Martyn Denscombe is Emeritus Professor at De Montfort University. He has a research background in the fields of sociology, education and business studies and has published widely on research methods in the social sciences.

Designing Experiments and Analyzing Data

Designing Experiments and Analyzing Data
Author: Scott E. Maxwell,Harold D. Delaney
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 868
Release: 2004
ISBN: 0805837183
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing Experiments and Analyzing Data Book Excerpt:

Through this book's unique model comparison approach, students and researchers are introduced to a set of fundamental principles for analyzing data. After seeing how these principles can be applied in simple designs, students are shown how these same principles also apply in more complicated designs. Drs. Maxwell and Delaney believe that the model comparison approach better prepares students to understand the logic behind a general strategy of data analysis appropriate for various designs; and builds a stronger foundation, which allows for the introduction of more complex topics omitted from other books. Several learning tools further strengthen the reader's understanding: *flowcharts assist in choosing the most appropriate technique; *an equation cross-referencing system aids in locating the initial, detailed definition and numerous summary equation tables assist readers in understanding differences between different methods for analyzing their data; *examples based on actual research in a variety of behavioral sciences help students see the applications of the material; *numerous exercises help develop a deeper understanding of the subject. Detailed solutions are provided for some of the exercises and *realistic data sets allow the reader to see an analysis of data from each design in its entirety. Updated throughout, the second edition features: *significantly increased attention to measures of effects, including confidence intervals, strength of association, and effect size estimation for complex and simple designs; *an increased use of statistical packages and the graphical presentation of data; *new chapters (15 & 16) on multilevel models; *the current controversies regarding statistical reasoning, such as the latest debates on hypothesis testing (ch. 2); *a new preview of the experimental designs covered in the book (ch. 2); *a CD with SPSS and SAS data sets for many of the text exercises, as well as tutorials reviewing basic statistics and regression; and *a Web site containing examples of SPSS and SAS syntax for analyzing many of the text exercises. Appropriate for advanced courses on experimental design or analysis, applied statistics, or analysis of variance taught in departments of psychology, education, statistics, business, and other social sciences, the book is also ideal for practicing researchers in these disciplines. A prerequisite of undergraduate statistics is assumed. An Instructor's Solutions Manual is available to those who adopt the book for classroom use.

Design as Democratic Inquiry

Design as Democratic Inquiry
Author: Carl Disalvo
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-02-08
ISBN: 026254346X
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Design as Democratic Inquiry Book Excerpt:

Through practices of collaborative imagination and making, or "doing design otherwise,” design experiments can contribute to keeping local democracies vibrant. In this counterpoint to the grand narratives of design punditry, Carl DiSalvo presents what he calls “doing design otherwise.” Arguing that democracy requires constant renewal and care, he shows how designers can supply novel contributions to local democracy by drawing together theory and practice, making and reflection. The relentless pursuit of innovation, uncritical embrace of the new and novel, and treatment of all things as design problems, says DiSalvo, can lead to cultural imperialism. In Design as Democratic Inquiry, he recounts a series of projects that exemplify engaged design in practice. These experiments in practice-based research are grounded in collaborations with communities and institutions. The projects DiSalvo describes took place from 2014 to 2019 in Atlanta. Rather than presume that government, industry—or academia—should determine the outcome, the designers began with the recognition that the residents and local organizations were already creative and resourceful. DiSalvo uses the projects to show how design might work as a mode of inquiry. Resisting heroic stories of design and innovation, he argues for embracing design as fragile, contingent, partial, and compromised. In particular, he explores how design might be leveraged to facilitate a more diverse civic imagination. A fundamental tenet of design is that the world is made, and therefore it could be made differently. A key concept is that democracy requires constant renewal and care. Thus, designing becomes a way to care, together, for our collective future.

Methodology and Epistemology for Social Sciences

Methodology and Epistemology for Social Sciences
Author: Donald T. Campbell
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 609
Release: 1988-10-27
ISBN: 9780226092485
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Methodology and Epistemology for Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

Selections from the work of an influential contributor to the methodology of the social sciences. He treats: measurement, experimental design, epistemology, and sociology of science each section introduced by the editor, Samuel Overman. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Designing Experiments Games of Chance

Designing Experiments   Games of Chance
Author: William R. Shea
Publsiher: Science History Publications/USA
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780881353761
Category: Mathematics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing Experiments Games of Chance Book Excerpt:

"During his comparatively brief life (he died at thirty-nine, the age Mozart was to die) Blaise Pascal devoted his unusual talents to mathematics, physics and religion. His religious views are still widely discussed, and the general interest in this aspect of his life may be responsible for the fact that his mathematical and scientific achievements are less known. Those who are familiar with his Pensées, which are fragments of an intended Apology for Christianity, have had little opportunity of acquiring a just appreciation of the originality of his thought in physics and probability theory. This book fills this gap by describing Pascal’s work in a way that is accessible to anyone interested in his contribution to modern science and his attempt to tame Lady Luck. The words “Unconventional Science” in the subtitle of the book are meant as a reminder of the radically different way of looking at nature that was developed by Pascal and his contemporaries. The first seven chapters examine Pascal’s ingenious experiments to show that a vacuum can be produced, an idea that led him to ascend a mountain with a barometer to prove that we lived submerged under a sea of air. Chapter eight considers his bold views on the advancement of science and religion, and chapter nine his new philosophy of experimental science. The concluding chapters offer an insight into his pioneering work in the theory of probability and his willingness to help a friend who was a keen gambler but no mathematician. Pascal even applied his calculation of the odds at games of chance to the problem of personal destiny and the existence of God. Walking in his footsteps, the reader not only discovers the new world of experimental science but learns to play for high stakes."--Publisher's description.

What is Online Research

What is Online Research
Author: Tristram Hooley,Jane Wellens,John Marriott
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 161
Release: 2011-12-06
ISBN: 1849665249
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What is Online Research Book Excerpt:

What is Online Research? is a straightforward, accessible introduction to social research online. The book covers the key issues and concerns, with sections on design,ethics and good practice.It will be key reading for social scientists of all levels.

Designing Research in the Social Sciences

Designing Research in the Social Sciences
Author: Martino Maggetti,Claudio Radaelli,Fabrizio Gilardi
Publsiher: SAGE
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2012-12-18
ISBN: 1446272125
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing Research in the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

This innovative research design text will help you make informed choices when carrying out your research project. Covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and with examples drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, the authors explain what is at stake when choosing a research design, and discuss the trade-offs that researchers have to make when considering issues such as: - causality - categories and classification - heterogeneity - interdependence - time This book will appeal to students and researchers looking for an in-depth understanding of research design issues to help them design their projects in a thoughtful and responsible way.

Design of Experiments

Design of Experiments
Author: Virgil L. Anderson,Robert A. McLean
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 440
Release: 1974-02-01
ISBN: 9780824761318
Category: Mathematics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Design of Experiments Book Excerpt:

Describes the life of a beaver and the methods he uses to dam streams and build himself a lodge.

Theory Experimental Investigation of Social Structures

Theory Experimental Investigation of Social Structures
Author: David Willer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2021-10-15
ISBN: 1134286813
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theory Experimental Investigation of Social Structures Book Excerpt:

First Published in 1987. This work demonstrates how experimental designs are produced through the active use of social theory. It also shows how theoretically designed experiments address broader issues in social theory, issues that can be traced back to the classical theories of Marx and Weber. Because it discusses the structure of a working theory as well as the applications, this volume encourages readers to think of social structures dynamically.

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods
Author: Paul J. Lavrakas
Publsiher: SAGE Publications
Total Pages: 1072
Release: 2008-09-12
ISBN: 1452261474
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods Book Excerpt:

In conjunction with top survey researchers around the world and with Nielsen Media Research serving as the corporate sponsor, the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods presents state-of-the-art information and methodological examples from the field of survey research. Although there are other "how-to" guides and references texts on survey research, none is as comprehensive as this Encyclopedia, and none presents the material in such a focused and approachable manner. With more than 600 entries, this resource uses a Total Survey Error perspective that considers all aspects of possible survey error from a cost-benefit standpoint.

Designing Randomised Trials in Health Education and the Social Sciences

Designing Randomised Trials in Health  Education and the Social Sciences
Author: D. Torgerson
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2008-03-13
ISBN: 0230583997
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Designing Randomised Trials in Health Education and the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

The book focuses on the design of rigorous trials rather than their statistical underpinnings, with chapters on: pragmatic designs; placebo designs; preference approaches; unequal allocation; economics; analytical approaches; randomization methods. It also includes a detailed description of randomization procedures and different trial designs.

The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method
Author: J. Scott Armstrong,Kesten C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2022-06-30
ISBN: 1316515168
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scientific Method Book Excerpt:

The scientific method delivers prosperity, yet scientific practice has become subject to corrupting influences from within and without the scientific community. This essential reference is intended to help remedy those threats. The authors identify eight essential criteria for the practice of science and provide checklists to help avoid costly failures in scientific practice. Not only for scientists, this book is for all stakeholders of the broad enterprise of science. Science administrators, research funders, journal editors, and policymakers alike will find practical guidance on how they can encourage scientific research that produces useful discoveries. Journalists, commentators, and lawyers can turn to this text for help with assessing the validity and usefulness of scientific claims. The book provides practical guidance and makes important recommendations for reforms in science policy and science administration. The message of the book is complemented by Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith's foreword, and an afterword by Terence Kealey.

Experimental Design and the Analysis of Variance

Experimental Design and the Analysis of Variance
Author: Robert K. Leik
Publsiher: SAGE Publications
Total Pages: 208
Release: 1997-04-19
ISBN: 1452250359
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Experimental Design and the Analysis of Variance Book Excerpt:

Most core statistics texts cover subjects like analysis of variance and regression, but not in much detail. This book provides clear and comprehensive coverage of the concepts behind ANOVA as well as its technical implementation. It emphasizes facilitating students' intuitive and common sense understanding of the concepts before delving into computation.

Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research

Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research
Author: Stephen Gorard
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2003-03-02
ISBN: 0826465862
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research Book Excerpt:

This clever scheme builds on Gorard's previous book, Quantitative Methods in Educational Research. He has revised the original book in the light of experience and feedback, and has reworked it so that it includes more social science examples. Four chapters are entirely new.

Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences

Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences
Author: Thad Dunning
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2012-09-06
ISBN: 9781107698000
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences Book Excerpt:

This unique book is the first comprehensive guide to the discovery, analysis, and evaluation of natural experiments - an increasingly popular methodology in the social sciences. Thad Dunning provides an introduction to key issues in causal inference, including model specification, and emphasizes the importance of strong research design over complex statistical analysis. Surveying many examples of standard natural experiments, regression-discontinuity designs, and instrumental-variables designs, Dunning highlights both the strengths and potential weaknesses of these methods, aiding researchers in better harnessing the promise of natural experiments while avoiding the pitfalls. Dunning also demonstrates the contribution of qualitative methods to natural experiments and proposes new ways to integrate qualitative and quantitative techniques. Chapters complete with exercises, and appendices covering specialized topics such as cluster-randomized natural experiments, make this an ideal teaching tool as well as a valuable book for professional researchers.