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The Research Imagination
An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods


  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705554


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  • The idea that science is a blueprint for research, and imagination gives research its life and purpose inspired this comprehensive explanation of research methodology. The authors’ decades of experience have revealed that research is a craft requiring judgment and creativity, not simply memorization and application of the rules of science. This book covers a wide variety of data-collection techniques, but presents them as reinforcing, rather than competing with one another, thus striking a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods and proving an essential resource for instructors and students of sociology.

    • Provides a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods
    • End of chapter exercises use action learning approach emphasizing learning by doing
    • Reflects current, up-to-date and cutting edge research
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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705554
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 29 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Research process
    2. Theory and method
    3. Research design
    4. Measurement
    5. Ethical and political issues
    6. Sampling
    7. Survey research
    8. Intensive interviewing
    9. Observational field research
    10. Feminist methods
    11. Historical analysis
    12. Experimental research
    13. Content analysis
    14. Aggregate data analysis
    15. Comparative research method
    16. Evaluation research
    17. Indexes and scales
    18. Basic statistical analysis
    19. Multivariate analysis and statistical significance
    Epilogue: the value and limits of social science knowledge.

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  • Authors

    Paul S. Gray, Boston College, Massachusetts

    John B. Williamson, Boston College, Massachusetts

    David A. Karp, Boston College, Massachusetts

    John R. Dalphin, Merrimack College, Massachusetts

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