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Fundamentals of Social Research, 5th Edition

  • Earl Babbie
  • Jason D. Edgerton
  • Lance Roberts
  • ISBN-10: 0176895957
  • ISBN-13: 9780176895952
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2018, 2014
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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Overview

About the Product

The fifth Canadian edition of Fundamentals of Social Research provides students with a basis for understanding social scientific research methods within the contexts of their own research projects, published research they consume, and the social world around us. Introducing new Canadian author, Jason D. Edgerton, this fifth Canadian edition engages students by honing their facility for critical thinking, and provides them with essential knowledge, tools, and practical skills they will carry with them into their future academic and professional careers.

Features

  • Applying Concepts in Everyday Life boxes help students see how the ideas they’re reading about actually apply to real research projects—as well as their own lives.

  • How to Do It boxes offer practical guidance in the application of concepts such as framing a hypothesis, identifying the unit of analysis, conducting an online survey, and reading and evaluating documents.

  • Continuity Projects found at the end of each chapter move students from thinking about selected topics in each chapter to applying them. These exercises put methods, concepts, principles, and techniques to work.

  • Where applicable, current Canadian data from the census and other data sources have been used. Likewise, many new examples of Canadian research are illustrated.

About the Author

Earl Babbie

Dr. Earl Babbie (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is the Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. While interested in social problems such as overpopulation, prejudice, and world hunger, his career has centered on authorship of numerous textbooks about social research methods. In 2012, the Earl Babbie Research Center was officially dedicated at Chapman University. The Babbie Center encourages faculty-student collaboration and supports cutting edge interdisciplinary research with a global focus. Topics of interest include human rights, social justice, social conflicts, and environmental sustainability. Throughout his career, Professor Babbie has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. Earl Babbie currently lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.

Jason D. Edgerton

Jason D. Edgerton was the first person in his working-class family to graduate from university. After completing his MEd, Jason spent nearly a decade doing frontline work with marginalized youth, equipping them to re-enter into the mainstream (e.g., remedial classes, life skills, and vocational skills classes). As a sociologist and an educator, Jason’s efforts are aimed at helping students come away from classes—and this text—with increased critical awareness and capacity for analytical thought that will serve them constructively not only in the workplace, but also as future citizens/parents/leaders in their communities. Jason’s teaching practice is guided by this desire to illustrate, and excite awareness of, the everyday relevance of sociological thought and methods to students’ lives.

Lance W. Roberts

Lance W. Roberts was born in Calgary, grew up in Edmonton, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He is a Fellow of St. John’s College and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches Introductory Sociology as well as research methods and statistics courses. In the last decade, he has received several teaching awards, including his university’s Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching. His current research interests cover the comparative charting of social change, educational concerns, and mental health issues. In addition to publishing in research journals, Lance recently coauthored The Methods Coach, The Statistics Coach, and Understanding Social Statistics: A Student’s Guide through the Maze (Oxford University Press), all aimed at helping students master fundamental research techniques. He enjoys teaching Introductory Sociology and is currently developing a variety of tools to enlarge his students’ sociological imaginations.

Table of Contents

Part 1: An Introduction to Inquiry
Chapter 1: Human Inquiry and Science
Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, and Research
Chapter 3: Ethical Issues for Social Researchers

Part 2: The Structuring of Inquiry
Chapter 4: Research Design and the Logic of Causation
Chapter 5: Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement
Chapter 6: The Logic of Sampling

Part 3: Modes of Observation: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Chapter 7: Experiments
Chapter 8: Survey Research
Chapter 9: Nonreactive Research
Chapter 10: Field Research
Chapter 11: Qualitative Interviewing
Chapter 12: Evaluation Research

Part 4: Analysis of Data
Chapter 13: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 14: Quantitative Data Analysis
Chapter 15: The Logic of Multivariate Analysis
Chapter 16: Social Statistics
Chapter 17: Reading, Designing, and Writing Social Research

Appendices:
Appendix A: Random Numbers
Appendix B: Distribution of Chi Square
Appendix C: Normal Curve Areas
Appendix D: Estimated Sampling Error

New to this edition

  • Greatly expanded and enhanced coverage of mixed methods, including a general introduction in chapter 1, and new Spotlight on Mixed Methods Boxes, found throughout the book.
  • New coverage of ethics issues related to Internet-mediated research.
  • Expanded coverage of web-based experiments.
  • New coverage of network analysis.
  • New discussion of big data.
  • Updated examples of studies using focus group and oral history methods.
  • Enhanced discussion of key aspects of qualitative data analysis, including narrative analysis and discourse analysis, and a new section on deductive qualitative coding.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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Student Supplements

eBook: Fundamentals of Social Research  (ISBN-10: 017689604X | ISBN-13: 9780176896041)
MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Babbie's Fundamentals of Social Research  (ISBN-10: 0176895981 | ISBN-13: 9780176895983)
MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term) for Babbie's Fundamentals of Social Research  (ISBN-10: 017689599X | ISBN-13: 9780176895990)
Value Pack: Fundamentals of Social Research, 5th Edition + MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176911774 | ISBN-13: 9780176911775)
Value Pack: Fundamentals of Social Research, 5th Edition, Loose-Leaf Version + MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176911782 | ISBN-13: 9780176911782)