NEW TO THIS EDITION: Discussion of the philosophy of science as the underlying foundation of methodological thinking includes naturalism and constructionism. Expanded focus on research ethics and the importance of samples in social research helps researchers produce higher quality research that adheres to common standards. Explicit attention is given to both designing research and evaluating the research of others. KEY FEATURES: An interdisciplinary approach with examples in criminology/criminal justice, sociology, political science/international relations, and social work gives readers a range of ways to comprehend the material. A balanced account of theoretical perspectives provides students with an unbiased and informed presentation of the material. An emphasis on conveying the logic and general principles of social research design is reflected in minimal technical details for maximum clarity.

Exploring the World of Social Research Design

You know from the title that this book is about social research. I will begin by asking some questions to encourage you to start thinking about what social research is. This is the first step to thinking about how research can be designed in order to produce information about the social world that is of the highest possible quality.

Most people reading this book will be students, and if you are a student, you probably live in a world where you take endless tests that measure what you know. My question is different: How do you know what you know? Of course, we learn about the world as we go through our daily lives, and over time, we ...

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