The Science Game: Introduction to Research in the Social Sciences

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This reference source provides coverage of the various research methods used in the social sciences. Explaining all the major research designs, techniques and data analysis strategies, it also explains each method in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and sources of error. Examples of student assignments are used to demonstrate the practical applications of abstract research principles. The text provides coverage of the key features of a research enterprise, such as quantitative and qualitative research designs, statistics, theory, ethics bias, validity and report writing. New features of this fifth edition include further discussion of fraud and misconduct in science and of qualitative research methods including Q-sort. There is examination of the increased reliance by government and the courts on police science, and introduction of new statistical concepts such as factor analysis and meta analysis. A revised concluding chapter discusses contemporary meta-theoretical issues and conceptual/methodological trends.

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.,."articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable
and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques
.,."articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques
."..articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques


..".articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques


..".articulates a perspective of science and the design of research that is so simple and clear that anyone should be able to do straightforward psychological research after reading it. This book, an important rewrite of a classic in the psychological science/research design biz, is highly readable and teachable...very clearly written, is not overly long, has a lively conversational and engaging tone, deals with the essentials, and articulates a vision of methodology that allows through the door a range of approaches that [other] books might rule out."--PsycCritiques


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