Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Sinauer Associates, 1996 - Social Science - 369 pages
This text acquaints the student with the diverse methods used in the social, psychological and behavioural sciences. The scientific question at hand affects the researcher's choice of methods, and this book helps students develop an appreciation for the sorts of hypotheses and questions that can be most profitably investigated with each method. The text emphasizes that the student needs to be acquainted with a variety of research methods, as there is no single perfect method. Along with the illustrative research in each chapter, the advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed.

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Observing Social Behavior
Using Observation to Test Ideas
Archival Research and Content Analysis

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