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Social research methods

Author: Alan Bryman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"The book shows students how to asses the contexts within which different research methods may be used and how they should be implemented. It covers both quantitative and qualitative research and examines the significance of this very distinction. In an accessible and student-friendly manner, the book shows students how to go about doing their own research projects and how to write up their research. The book  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Bryman
ISBN: 0199264465 9780199264469
OCLC Number: 55108074
Notes: Text accompanied by a companion web site.
Description: xiv 592 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Social research strategies --
Research designs --
The nature of quantitative research --
Sampling --
Structured interviewing --
Self-completion questionnaires --
Asking questions --
Structured observation --
Content analysis --
Secondary analysis and official statistics --
Quantitative data analysis --
Using SPSS for Windows --
The nature of qualitative research --
Ethnography and participant observation --
Interviewing in qualitative research --
Focus groups --
Language in qualitative research --
Documents as sources of data --
Qualitative data analysis --
Computer -assisted qualitative data analysis : using NVivo --
Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide --
Combining quantitative and qualitative research --
E-research : using the Internet as object and method of data collection --
Writing up social research --
Ethics and politics in social research --
Doing a research project.
Responsibility: Alan Bryman.

Abstract:

"The book shows students how to asses the contexts within which different research methods may be used and how they should be implemented. It covers both quantitative and qualitative research and examines the significance of this very distinction. In an accessible and student-friendly manner, the book shows students how to go about doing their own research projects and how to write up their research. The book contains up-to-date empirical research examples, providing a text which carefully mixes theoretical issues with practical applications." "Social Research Methods is well structured and easy to navigate with numerous real life examples and student learning aids including start of chapter guides, practical tips, checklists, review questions, and web links."--Jacket.
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