Social Research Methods eBook

Third Edition

Maggie Walter

Social Research Methods eBook

Third Edition

Maggie Walter

ISBN:

9780195588385

Binding:

Ebook

Published:

29 Oct 2013

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Description

Social Research Methods, third edition, brings social research to life for students, using both theory and practical examples to illustrate the relevance of research methods in their future careers. It equips students with the tools required to develop a clear understanding of the nature of research and to gain an appreciation of the wide range of methods available.

Written in accessible style and with a clear structure, Social Research Methods encourages students to develop a set of practical research skills in line with contemporary Australian social research practices.


NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • All chapters have been updated and revised with new examples and exercises
  • Popular online chapter on Ethnography is now included in the text
  • New and updated ‘Voices in the field’ vignettes from prominent Australian social science researchers
  • Expanded student resources and new lecturer materials

Contents

Part I: The Foundations of Good Social Science Research

1. The Nature of Social Science Research (Maggie Walter)
What is social research?
The ‘science’ in social science
Social patterns and social meanings
Social research: Why do we do it?
The language of social science
Method and methodology: Understanding the difference
What goes into making a methodology?
Voices in the field: Karen Martin
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

2. Research Design (Kristin Natalier)
Introduction
Research questions
Research aims
Literature review
Methods
Voices in the field: Patricia Short
Definition and measurement decisions
The theoretical direction: Deductive or inductive?
Timelines
Resources
Design in practice: The research proposal
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

3. The Research Process (Douglas Ezzy)
Introduction
The process of social research
Ten issues for social researchers
Voices in the field: Virginia Watson
From method to practice
A qualitative interview study of teenage Witchcraft
A discourse analysis of racism in newspapers
Conclusion
Further reading
References

4. Ethics and Social Research (Daphne Habibis)
Introduction
Why is ethics an issue in social research?
The history of ethics and research
The history of ethics and research in Australia
When is ethical review needed?
Protecting participants
Data management
Data storage
Safety
Research merit
Vulnerable participant groups
Social media
Ethics and the researcher
Ethics and the organisation
Everyday ethical dilemmas
Unobtrusive, covert research and deception
Voices in the field: Hannah Graham
Conclusion
Further reading
References 

5. Sampling (Bruce Tranter)
Why we sample
Defining the population
Selecting our sampling method
Probability sampling
Sample non-response
Non-probability sampling
Selecting sampling size for non-probability sampling
Voices in the field: Wally Karnilowicz
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

Part II: Quantitative Methods and the Power of Numbers

6. Surveys (Maggie Walter)
Introduction
Choosing a survey
Advantages of surveys
Disadvantages of surveys
Common types of survey design
The process
Voices in the field: Belinda Hewitt
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

7. Population-level Analysis (Natalie Jackson)
Introduction
What is population-level data analysis?
Differences between population-level and survey data
Uses of population-level analysis
Strengths and weaknesses
Analytical issues
Analytical complexities
Intracollection discontinuities
Intercollection discontinuities
Useful techniques
Standardisation
Voices in the field: Lisa Taylor
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References
Websites

8. Analysing Quantitative Data (Tim Phillips)
Introduction
What are quantitative data, and why do we analyse them?
How to do quantitative data analysis
A mini quantitative analysis
Beginning the analysis
Choosing appropriate techniques
Using your imagination and devotion
Voices in the field: Joanna Sikora and Lawrence J. Saha
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

9. Using SPSS for Descriptive Statistical Analysis (Philip Patman, Lisa Denny and Brendan Churchill)
Introduction
Coding your data
Using the AuSSA for descriptive statistical analysis
SPSS output window
Data analysis in SPSS
Recoding data
Transforming data
Saving data sets in SPSS
Voices in the field: Kate Warner
Voices in the field: Jennifer Ayton
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References
Websites

Part III: Qualitative Interviewing Methods and Meaning-making

10. Qualitative Interviewing Methods (Max Travers)
Introduction
What is a qualitative interview?
The importance of meaning
How to conduct an indepth interview
Choosing a topic
How many interviews?
Recruiting interviewees
Approaching the interview
Interviewing techniques
Recording your data
Beyond interviewing
From method to practice
Voices in the field: Margaret Alston Oam
Focus groups
Voices in the field: Tim Marjoribanks
Conclusion
Further reading
References

11. Content Analysis (Brendan Churchill)
Introduction
Content analysis in social science research
Quantitative and qualitative approaches
How to conduct a content analysis
Voices in the field: Rebecca Dance
Conclusion
References 

12. Discourse Analysis (Keith Jacobs)
Introduction
The background
Advantages of discourse analysis
Key terms and concepts
Critical discourse analysis
Foucauldian-inspired analysis
Challenges associated with discourse analysis
Undertaking a critical discourse analysis
Foucauldian-inspired analysis
Voices in the field: Fiona Proudfoot
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

13. Doing Evaluation Research (Rob White)
Introduction
The unique aspects of evaluation research
Purposes of evaluation
Undertaking an evaluation
Preparing the report
Limitations of evaluation
Voices in the field: Diane Heckenberg
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References 

14. Analysing Qualitative Data (Karen Willis)
Introduction
The vital ingredients for creating meaning
Organising data
Approaches to analysis
Commencing analysis
Exploring relationships between categories
Discrepancies and deviant cases
Explaining what is going on: Themes
Grounded theory
Narrative analysis and life histories
Extending the analytical challenge
Voices in the field: Jane Maree Maher
Voices in the field: Fiona Gill
From method to practice
Conclusion
Further reading
References

15. Ethnography (Felicity Picken)
Introduction
How ethnography is used
Past and present ethnography
New ethnographic topics and wider applications
Accessing the field
How to do a good ethnography
From method to practice
High tech ethnography
Conducting ethical ethnography
Voices in the field: Nick Osbaldiston
Conclusion
References

Part IV: Writing Up Our Research

16. Writing Up Research (Michelle Gabriel)
Introduction
Discovery through writing
Writing style
Writing a research plan
Writing a research report
Presentation of quantitative data
Presentation of qualitative data
Final statement
Writing strategies
Editing and revising
The editing and proofreading processes
Disseminating your writing
Voices in the field: Michelle McMahon
Conclusion
Further reading
References

Authors

Edited by Maggie Walter: Inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania.


Contributors

Brendan Churchill
Lisa Denny
Douglas Ezzy
Michelle Gabriel
Daphne Habibis
Natalie Jackson
Keith Jacobs
Kristin Natalier
Tim Phillips
Bruce Tranter
Lisa Taylor
Max Travers
Maggie Walter
Rob White
Karen Willis

Student Resources

The following resources are available for students using Social Research Methods:

  • Quantitative dataset from the 2011 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes
  • Interview transcripts
  • Online chapters
These resources can be accessed at the Online Resource Centre, with the password printed in the introductory pages of your text.

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Social Research Methods for their courses:

  • Instructor's Resource Manual with lecture guide
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter

For more information about the resources for Social Research Methods, please contact your Oxford Territory Manager.

Sample Pages

Read a sample chapter from Social Research Methods


Chapter 1: The Nature of Social Science Research