Research Design in Social Research

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SAGE, Mar 5, 2001 - Social Science - 279 pages
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`With this book David de Vaus has written one of the best general research methods textbooks around. The use of different types of research design as the point of departure is a different and very helpful approach to take, especially since many textbooks confuse issues of method and design. The author outlines with great clarity a wide variety of issues, including testing theories, causation, data analysis, and the main considerations involved in using the different research designs covered. Both students and their instructors will find this an extremely valuable, well-written book' - Alan Bryman, University of Loughborough
 

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Contents

List of Figures xi
WHAT IS RESEARCH DESIGN? 1
Tools for Research Design 17
Causation and the Logic of Research Design 34
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS 53
Issues in Experimental Design 70
Analysing Experimental Data 89
bonus system 98
Data Analysis in Longitudinal Design 147
CROSSSECTIONAL DESIGNS 170
Issues in CrossSectional Design 176
CrossSectional Analysis 194
CASE STUDY DESIGNS 219
Issues in Case Study Design 233
Case Study Analysis 249
References 267

LONGITUDINAL DESIGNS 113
Issues in Longidutinal Design 131

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David De Vaus is Associate Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He is the author of Surveys in Social Research and Research Design in Social Research. He is an international authority in the field of social research.

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