Guided by the precept that to understand any phenomenon well, it is necessary to start by looking at it in broad, nonspecialized terms, Robert A Stebbins takes the reader through the process of exploratory research in an easy-to-read style providing the student or researcher with a complete reference for carrying out this type of research.


Exploration in the social sciences has, on occasion, been pejoratively described as a mere “fishing expedition.” Such a metaphor calls up images of researchers randomly casting about for new generalizations, a procedure that, to the extent anyone actually follows it, is more akin to serendipity than to exploration. ...

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