Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach

Author: Pajo, Bora


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  • ISBN: 9781483386959
  • Author: Pajo, Bora
  • Publ Date: 2017-08-25
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  • Pages: 392
  • Imprint: SAGE *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 567080

Table of Contents :

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1 * The Purpose of Research Chapter Outline Scientific Research and Its Purpose Theories of Knowledge A Quick Look at Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Ethical Research Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 2 * Formulating a Research Question Chapter Outline Choosing a Research Topic Operationalization of Constructs Types of Variables Types of Hypotheses Visualizing a Research Question Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 3 * Researching and Writing the Literature Review Chapter Outline Defining a Literature Review Exploring the Literature Understanding and Organizing the Literature Thinking Critically Hypotheses Systematic Reviews of Literature Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 4 * Quantitative Designs Chapter Outline Categorizations of Research Studies Cross-Sectional Versus Longitudinal Studies Causality in Research Experimental Designs Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 5 * Measurement Errors, Reliability, Validity Chapter Outline Measurement Errors Reliability Validity Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 6 * Sampling Chapter Outline Defining Sampling Probability and Non-Probability Sampling Types of Non-Probability Sampling Types of Probability Sampling Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 7 * Data Collection for Quantitative Research Chapter Outline Experimental Research Quasi-Experimental Research Preparing and Collecting Data Through Questionnaires Methods of Data Collection Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 8 * Secondary Data Chapter Outline Benefits of Using Secondary Data Major Sources of Secondary Data Disadvantages of Secondary Data Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 9 * Entering and Organizing Quantitative Data Chapter Outline The Purpose of Entering and Organizing Quantitative Data Preparing for Data Entry Organizing and Inputting Variables Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 10 * Analyzing Quantitative Data Chapter Outline Analyzing Quantitative Data Univariate Analysis Graphical Representation of Data Measures of Central Tendency Bivariate Analysis Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 11 * Qualitative Designs and Data Collection: Understanding What Behavior Means in Context Chapter Outline An Introduction to Qualitative Research Designs Ways of Collecting Qualitative Data Unobtrusive Methods and Additional Sources of Qualitative Data Mixed Methods Summary Key Terms Taking a Step Further About the Chapter ContributorChapter 12 * Entering, Coding, and Analyzing Qualitative Data Chapter Outline Enter, Clean, and Organize Qualitative Data Coding Qualitative Data Analyzing Qualitative Data Summary Key Terms Taking a Step FurtherChapter 13 * Results and Discussion Chapter Outline Reporting Results Results in Quantitative Studies Results in Qualitative Studies Visually Presenting Results Discussion Recommendations Summary Key Term Taking a Step FurtherChapter 14 * Presenting Your Research Chapter Outline Presenting Your Findings to an Audience Applying to Conferences Publishing an Article SummaryTaking a Step FurtherReferencesName IndexSubject IndexAbout the Author


Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach makes learning research methods easy for students by giving them activities they can experience and do on their own. With clear, simple, and even humorous prose, this text offers students a straightforward introduction to an exciting new world of social science and behavioral research. Rather than making research seem intimidating, author Bora Pajo shows students how research can be an easy, ongoing conversation on topics that matter in their lives. Each chapter includes real research examples that illustrate specific topics that the chapter covers, guides that help students explore actual research challenges in more depth, and ethical considerations relating to specific chapter topics. 3 Reasons Why You'll Want to Read This Book 1. Conducting research can be fun when you see it in terms that relate to your everyday life. 2. Knowing how to do research will open many doors for you in your career. It will open your mind to new ideas on what you might pursue in the future (e.g., becoming an entrepreneur, opening your own nongovernmental organization, or running your own health clinic), and give you an extra analytic skill to brag about in your job interviews. 3. Understanding research will make you an educated consumer. You will be able to evaluate the information before you and determine what to accept and what to reject. Truth be told, understanding research will save you money in the short and long term*. *From Chapter 1 of Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-On Approach


A highly accessible research text designed to engage readers and make research methods come alive for them. -- Erica Vernold Miller This text offers integration of ethics and research with an applied approach to learning. The writing style is user friendly and many examples connect the content to life experiences. -- Alan Lipps The research and information were blended in together. Students can easily adapt or adjust their research idea and research process accordingly. -- Mehmet Soyer This text seems to integrate the larger "so what" question, which I am currently doing through a patchwork of articles and real-life examples. Having all of this material (scientific method, research questions, data collection, descriptive stats, qualitative approaches, etc) all in on one place, this book is a major improvement on what I am now using. -- H. Howell Williams This an accessible, well-organized text geared towards underclass students. It demystifies the research process and makes it seem engaging, rewarding and fun. -- Carolyn Keller The step-by-step approach the author takes with this text may just be tool I need to assist my students in taking an interest in research even beyond this course. -- Elizabeth Guzman-Arredondo Pajo's book will give students the connection between the course concepts and real world application. -- Debasmita Patra For too long research methods textbooks have focused on techniques devoid of real experience. Bora Pajo's book is taking research methods preparation in the right direction and I think a generation of social science researchers will be better for it. -- Rob Shelby I really appreciate the addition of the "Ethics in Research" chapter and ethical considerations in almost every chapter. -- Ekaterina Forrester Smith The application-based approach will be a welcome change for students. -- Billy McKim The conversational style and relatable examples will help students to overcome inhibitions to learning methods in social science research. -- Marybeth Beller Provides more detailed discussion of "why" each part of the research process is important toward achieving the overall goal. -- Maurice Sheppard Anyone who teaches or has ever taught research methods will appreciate Bora Pajo's personal insight and motivation to cultivate an application-based textbook that corresponds to the active nature of the curriculum itself. -- Emile Beltzer


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