Evaluating Social Science Research: An Introduction

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SAGE, Nov 22, 1993 - Social Science - 196 pages
This volume offers students a basic introduction to assessing the meaning and validity of research in the social sciences and related fields.

The ability to "read "published research critically is essential and is different from the skills involved in "undertaking "research using statistical analysis. Thomas R Black explains in clear and straightforward terms how students can evaluate research, with particular emphasis on research involving some aspect of measurement. The coverage of fundamental concepts is comprehensive and supports topics including research design, data collection and data analysis by addressing the following major issues: Are the questions and hypotheses advanced appropriate and testable? Is the research design sufficient for the hypothesis? Are the data gathered valid, reliable and objective? Are the statistical techniques used to analyze the data appropriate and do they support the conclusions reached?

 

Contents

Questions and Hypotheses
24
How Far Can You Generalize?
42
Descriptive Statistics
86
Statistical Inference and Correlational Studies
120
Statistical Inference and Experimental Designs
143
Controlling Variables and Drawing Conclusions
165
Index
181
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