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Social research methods and statistics : a computer-assisted introduction

Author: William Sims Bainbridge
Publisher: Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth Pub. Co., ©1992.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Sims Bainbridge
ISBN: 0534131220 9780534131227
OCLC Number: 24911451
Description: xv, 573 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 2 computer discs (5 1/4 in.)
Details: System requirements for computer disks: IBM-compatible personal computer; DOS 2.1; monochrome or color monitor; graphics capability (needed only for 2 optional parts of 1 program).
Contents: 1. An introduction to social research --
The logic of scientific research --
The ethics of research --
2. Observation --
Field observation --
Investigating a deviant subculture --
Research roles --
Standard techniques of data collection --
Systematic observation of small groups --
Limitations of qualitative research --
The ethics of field research --
3. Interviewing --
Interviews as focused communication --
Selecting the right interviewee --
Interview bias --
Guiding the interview --
Getting the data down --
Specialized interviews --
The interviewing program --
4. Social history --
The old census --
Using quantitative historical data --
Qualitative social history --
Determinism, accident, and individual action --
Sources of historical data --
History and social justice --
5. Experiments --
The experimental method --
Classic sociological experiments --
Survey experiments --
Ethics of experimentation with human subjects --
6. Data and dichotomies --
Qualitative analysis with pairs of dichotomies --
Datasets for two-by-two analysis --
7. Survey research --
Varieties of questions --
Techniques of administration --
Varieties of survey samples --
Margin of error in random-sample surveys --
8. Methods for handling survey variables --
The student opinion survey --
Choosing the right tool for different kinds of data --
Data management options --
9. Nonparametric measures --
An intuitive approach to crosstab correlations --
Nonparametric correlations --
Complex chi-square --
The concept of dispersion --
A modest research project --
10. The normal curve, ANOVA, and confidence in research results --
Variance and standard deviation --
Limitations of the normal curve --
11. Geographically based rates --
Ecological rates --
Correlations and regressions --
Finding the right rate --
Opportunities for secondary analysis of official data --
A story of scientific scandal --
The necessity of care in using official data --
Methodological problems with research using ecological rates --
12. Correlations and regressions --
The regional dataset --
Variance, regression, correlation --
Statistical significance of regressions and gamma --
Caution in the use of r correlation and regression --
Testing a theory about religion --
13. Multiple variable analysis --
Three-variable tables --
Partial r correlations --
Multiple regression --
Technical difficulties --
Dummy variables --
14. Advanced methods of measurement --
Validity of measures --
Reliability and construct validity --
Indexes from nonparametric data --
Indexes with standardized variables --
Finding structure in data --
The theoretical approach to structure --
The empirical approach to structure --
The space-goals study --
Epilogue. The future of sociology and computer methods.
Responsibility: William Sims Bainbridge.

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