Reading Social Science Methods
Keywords:research methods, social sciences, surveys, content analysis, experimental methods, critical thinking, evaluating research, research judgment
Science has great potential to benefit society, but this potential comes with risks as well. Directed at introductory level social science and humanities majors, this textbook teaches the rules and limits of social science methods. Reisner starts from the assumption that it is not necessary to be able to do research to read and judge the soundness of research publications. The chapters guide students through an explicit set of rules for reading research articles developed from three common research methods: content analysis, survey research, and experimental method.
Work on this textbook was partially funded by the 2021 Faculty OER Incentive Program, funded by the University Library, Office of the Provost, and University of Illinois Student Government.
I. Getting Started
II. Survey Analysis
III. Content Analysis
IV. Experimental Analysis
V. Summary and Conclusions
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