Conducting Survey Research in the Social Sciences

Author: Isadore Newman,Keith A. McNeil
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761812272
Category: Social Science
Page: 103
View: 7657
Conducting Survey Research in the Social Sciences presents basic concepts and general guidelines for those who are interested in conducting a survey by breaking the process down into eight steps and twenty-three questions. It outlines the appropriate sequential steps necessary to help the reader initiate and develop a survey. Following each of the eight steps as depicted in the eight chapters and answering the questions provided enables the creation of an effective survey. The authors also include three fictitious vignettes to illustrate how the decisions should be made, and how proper survey research should be conducted to meet many different needs.

Survey Research in the Social Sciences

Author: Charles Y. Glock,John Bennett
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
ISBN: 1610448413
Category: Social Science
Page: 568
View: 7089
Survey research was for a long time thought of primarily as a sociological tool. It is relatively recently that this research method has been adopted by other social sciences and related professional disciplines. The amount and quality of its use, however, vary considerably from field to field. This volume describes the elementary logic of survey design and analysis and provides, for each discipline, an evaluation of how survey research has been used and conceivably may be used to deal with the central problems of each field.

Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences

Author: Lior Gideon
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461438764
Category: Social Science
Page: 520
View: 9528
Surveys enjoy great ubiquity among data collection methods in social research: they are flexible in questioning techniques, in the amount of questions asked, in the topics covered, and in the various ways of interactions with respondents. Surveys are also the preferred method by many researchers in the social sciences due to their ability to provide quick profiles and results. Because they are so commonly used and fairly easy to administer, surveys are often thought to be easily thrown together. But designing an effective survey that yields reliable and valid results takes more than merely asking questions and waiting for the answers to arrive. Geared to the non-statistician, the Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences addresses issues throughout all phases of survey design and implementation. Chapters examine the major survey methods of data collection, providing expert guidelines for asking targeted questions, improving accuracy and quality of responses, while reducing sampling and non-sampling bias. Relying on the Total Survey Error theory, various issues of both sampling and non-sampling sources of error are explored and discussed. By covering all aspects of the topic, the Handbook is suited to readers taking their first steps in survey methodology, as well as to those already involved in survey design and execution, and to those currently in training. Featured in the Handbook: • The Total Survey Error: sampling and non-sampling errors. • Survey sampling techniques. • The art of question phrasing. • Techniques for increasing response rates • A question of ethics: what is allowed in survey research? • Survey design: face-to-face, phone, mail, e-mail, online, computer-assisted.? • Dealing with sensitive issues in surveys. • Demographics of respondents: implications for future survey research. • Dealing with nonresponse, and nonresponse bias The Handbook of Survey Methodology in Social Sciences offers how-to clarity for researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and related disciplines, including sociology, criminology, criminal justice, social psychology, education, public health, political science, management, and many other disciplines relying on survey methodology as one of their main data collection tools.

Social Research in Developing Countries

Surveys and Censuses in the Third World
Author: Martin Bulmer,Donald P. Warwick
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781857281378
Category: Social Science
Page: 383
View: 2254
Deals with particular problems of carrying out social surveys and censuses in the Third World. Research design, sampling, data collection and the social context of research are discussed.

Survey Research

The Basics
Author: Keith Punch
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761947059
Category: Social Science
Page: 123
View: 9598
This book focuses on small-scale quantitative surveys studying the relationships between variables. After showing the central place of the quantitative survey in social science research methodology, it then takes a simple model of the survey, describes its elements and gives a set of steps and guidelines for implementing each element.

Investigating the Social World with SPSS Student Version 14.0

The Process and Practice of Research
Author: Russell Schutt
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9781412927376
Category: Social Science
Page: 515
View: 9894
Praise for the Fourth Edition: `I think this volume is a good textbook and, if I were teaching a research methods subject, I would consider using it as a core text. The extensive study aids are a particularly attractive aspect of the book as a teaching pool′ - Qualitative Research Journal The continuingly updated and expanded Investigating the Social World, now in its Fifth Edition, is written so that the `doing′ of social research is closely and consistently linked to important social issues, demonstrating not only the value of research, but also how technique and substance are intimately related. The text offers guides for critiquing research articles, exercises for applying research skills and the examples of analyzing and reporting social data provide instructors with key supports for effective teaching. Ethical concerns and ethical decision making are treated in tandem with each study of specific methods and an emphasis on `how to do′ research is joined with an equal emphasis on giving students the critical skills necessary to evaluate research done by others.

A Telescope on Society

Survey Research and Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond
Author: James S. House
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472068487
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 490
View: 8905
Maps the development of social science in the twentieth century through the instrument of survey research

Survey Research in the United States

Roots and Emergence 1890-1960
Author: Jean M. Converse
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412815797
Category: Political Science
Page: 599
View: 5702
Hardly an American today escapes being polled or surveyed or sampled. In this illuminating history, Jean Converse shows how survey research came to be perhaps the single most important development in twentieth-century social science. Everyone interested in survey methods and public opinion, including social scientists in many fi elds, will find this volume a major resource. Converse traces the beginnings of survey research in the practical worlds of politics and business, where elite groups sought information so as to infl uence mass democratic publics and markets. During the Depression and World War II, the federal government played a major role in developing surveys on a national scale. In the 1940s certain key individuals with academic connections and experience in polling, business, or government research brought surveys into academic life. By the 1960s, what was initially viewed with suspicion had achieved a measure of scientific acceptance of survey research. The author draws upon a wealth of material in archives, interviews, and published work to trace the origins of the early organizations (the Bureau of Applied Social Research, the National Opinion Research Center, and the Survey Research Center of Michigan), and to capture the perspectives of front-line fi gures such as Paul Lazarsfeld, George Gallup, Elmo Roper, and Rensis Likert. She writes with sensitivity and style, revealing how academic survey research, along with its commercial and political cousins, came of age in the United States.

Survey Research and Public Attitudes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

Pergamon Policy Studies on International Politics
Author: William A. Welsh
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483189732
Category: Social Science
Page: 590
View: 8568
Survey Research and Public Attitudes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union is a collection of research studies the survey’s the opinions of demographics from Eastern Europe on socialists systems. The title analyzes the development of survey research in the socialist systems of Eastern Europe to provide an overview of the nature of socialist countries. The territories covered in the selection are Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Germany Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. The book will be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists, economists, and behavioral scientists.

Research Training for Social Scientists

A Handbook for Postgraduate Researchers
Author: Dawn Burton
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857022180
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
View: 2754
With indispensable advice for students from all social science backgrounds, this handbook provides the core conceptual and practical skills to embark on succesful research. The organization of the book reflects the knowledge that is required in order to become a competent and effective researcher. It follows the life-cycle of the research project: it begins with a discussion of ethical and philosphical issues; presents guides to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; provides help on using computers in research; and includes advice on how to write up and present a research project. Based on the UK Economic and Social Research Council advice on the training which students should undertake in preparation for postgraduate research, this book will be invaluable for all beginning researchers.

Polling and Survey Research Methods, 1935-1979

An Annotated Bibliography
Author: N.A
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313277900
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 581
View: 1182
The most comprehensive annotated bibliography available on the first 45 years of polling and survey research in the United States.

The Social Survey in Historical Perspective, 1880-1940

Author: Martin Bulmer,Kevin Bales,Kathryn Kish Sklar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521363349
Category: Social Science
Page: 383
View: 1374
This 2001 book traces the history of the social Survey in Britain and the US, with two chapters on Germany and France. It discusses the aims and interests of those who carried out early surveys, and the links between the social survey and the growth of empirical social science.

Design, Evaluation, and Analysis of Questionnaires for Survey Research

Author: Willem E. Saris,Irmtraud N. Gallhofer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470165188
Category: Mathematics
Page: 384
View: 7243

Methodological Artefacts, Data Manipulation and Fraud in Economics and Social Science

Author: Andreas Diekmann
Publisher: Lucius & Lucius DE
ISBN: 3828205577
Page: 192
View: 381

Surveying The Social World

Principles and Practice in Survey Research
Author: Aldridge, Alan
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335202403
Category: Social Science
Page: 196
View: 6360
The survey has become a widely used technique for gathering information and opinions from individuals, organizations and other groups. This work examines the contemporary state of surveys within society and social science methodology, explaining the potential of the survey method and the ways it can be used effectively when resources are limited. It then takes the reader systematically through the process of conducting survey research covering in turn, the role of theory, the planning and design of projects, pilot work, access to informants, ethical issues, sampling methods, the preparation of questionnaires, interviewing, the use of computer packages, processing response, statistical methods of data analysis, and the presentation of findings.

The Ethics of Social Research

Surveys and Experiments
Author: Joan E. Sieber
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461257190
Category: Psychology
Page: 249
View: 577
Social scientists are unprepared for many of the ethical problems that arise in their research, and for criticisms of their ethics that seem to ignore such cherished scientific values as objectivity and freedom of inquiry. Yet, they possess method ological talent and insight into human nature that can be used to understand and resolve these problems. The contributors to this book demonstrate that criticism of the ethics of social research can stimulate constructive development of meth odology. Both volumes of The Ethics of Social Research were written for and by social scientists to show how ethical dilemmas arise in the day-to-day conduct of social research and how they can be resolved. The topics discussed in this book include ethical problems that arise in experiments and sample surveys; the companion volume deals with the ethical issues involved in fieldwork and in the regulation and publication of research. With candor and humor, many of the contributors describe lessons they have learned about themselves, their methods, and their research participants. Collectively, they illustrate that both humanists and detenninists are likely to encounter ethical dilemmas in their research, albeit different ones, and that a blending of detenninistic and humanistic approaches may be needed to solve these dilemmas. The aim of this book is to assist irwestigators in preparing to meet some of the ethical problems that await the unwary. It offers perspectives, values, and guidelines for anticipating problems and devising solutions.

Survey Research

In-person, Mail, Telephone and Web Methods
Author: Joseph J. Leon
Publisher: Streamline Surveys Inc.
ISBN: 9780966816518
Category: Social sciences
Page: 186
View: 3247
This book is written in a user-friendly style for persons in business, government and non-profit organizations who want to write and/or execute a survey using either the in-person, mail, telephone or web methods or who want a good grounding in survey research methods without all the jargon. A short introduction to survey research is provided in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 focuses on ethics using examples from national and international professional associations. Chapter 3 describes how to propose a survey within an organization and provides examples. Chapter 4 focuses on probability sampling methods used in survey research. Chapters 5 to 8 show how to develop and field a survey using the mail, in-person, telephone and the web and provides example question formats, overall questionnaire design and cover letters for each method. Chapters 9 and 10 show one how to do data entry and data analysis (frequencies, crosstabulations and multiple regression). The next to the last chapter shows how to present your results using charts, and the final chapter provides a sample research report. Advanced sources are recommended for those who want to specialize in survey research or subfields of sampling and/or data analysis.

Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work

Author: Francis J. Turner
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554588073
Category: Reference
Page: 468
View: 596
All of us, as Canadians, are touched throughout our lives by some aspect of social welfare, either as recipients, donors, or taxpayers. But despite the importance of the social network in our country, there has been no single source of information about this critical component of our society. Even professionals in the field of social work or social services have not had a comprehensive volume addressing the myriad features of this critical societal structure. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work fills this need. Over five hundred topics important to Canadian social work are covered, written by a highly diverse group of social workers covering all aspects of the field and all areas of the country. Practitioners, policy makers, academics, social advocates, researchers, students, and administrators present a rich overview of the complexity and diversity of social work and social welfare as it exists in Canada. The principal finding from this project underscores the long-held perception that there is a Canadian model of social work that is unique and stands as a useful model to other countries. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work will be an important source of information, both to Canadians and to interested groups around the world. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work is available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.

SAGE Quantitative Research Methods

Author: W Paul Vogt
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 144627571X
Category: Social Science
Page: 1760
View: 9278
For more than 40 years, SAGE has been one of the leading international publishers of works on quantitative research methods in the social sciences. This new collection provides readers with a representative sample of the best articles in quantitative methods that have appeared in SAGE journals as chosen by W. Paul Vogt, editor of other successful major reference collections such as Selecting Research Methods (2008) and Data Collection (2010). The volumes and articles are organized by theme rather than by discipline. Although there are some discipline-specific methods, most often quantitative research methods cut across disciplinary boundaries. Volume One: Fundamental Issues in Quantitative Research Volume Two: Measurement for Causal and Statistical Inference Volume Three: Alternatives to Hypothesis Testing Volume Four: Complex Designs for a Complex World

Feminist Measures in Survey Research

Author: Catherine E. Harnois
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412988357
Category: Social Science
Page: 164
View: 5055
Feminist Measures in Survey Research book offers a new approach for doing quantitative feminist research, demonstrating how a feminist perspective can inform virtually every aspect of the research process, from survey design, to statistical modeling, to the theoretical frameworks used to interpret results. Catherine E. Harnois makes feminist theory, particularly multiracial feminist theory, accessible and relevant to survey researchers. She assists students and researchers in incorporating these theories into survey design and analysis and shows how they this can offer substantive insights into the social world that have been underutilized to date by survey researchers.