Working with Political Science Research Methods

Author: Jason D. Mycoff
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 150630673X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Practice makes perfect. This new, fourth edition of Working with Political Science Research Methods continues to support student learning by offering the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. Designed to be paired with the text chapter for chapter, the workbook breaks out each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. More than half of the book's exercises are new or updated, and feature more international examples than ever before. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

Working With Political Science Research Methods Problems and Exercises 2nd Edition

Author: H T Reynolds
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9780872894945
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Does the "science" part of political science cause your students to break out in a cold sweat? This companion workbook gives students the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the text. To maximize their ability to master each technique, the workbook is organized to parallel the text chapter for chapter, breaking out each aspect of the research process into manageable parts, and comes with updated data sets and primary documents. Given invaluable feedback from adopters, this second edition workbook has been restructured so that exercises more consistently increase in complexity and degree of difficulty, and fuller, more explicit directions accompany problems. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook and useful tips for instructors is available to adopters. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Political Science Research Methods

Author: Janet Buttolph Johnson
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1506307841
Format: PDF, Docs
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Understand the “how” and the “why” behind research in political science. Step by step, Political Science Research Methods walks students through the logic of research design, carefully explaining how researchers choose which method to employ. The Eighth Edition of this trusted resource offers a greater emphasis on the ways in which particular methods are used by undergraduates, expanded coverage of the role of the Internet in research and analysis, and more international examples. Practice makes perfect. In the new fourth edition of the accompanying workbook, Working with Political Science Research Methods, students are given the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. This helpful supplement breaks each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

Thinking Like a Political Scientist

Author: Christopher Howard
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022632768X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Each year, tens of thousands of students who are interested in politics go through a rite of passage: they take a course in research methods. Many find the subject to be boring or confusing, and with good reason. Most of the standard books on research methods fail to highlight the most important concepts and questions. Instead, they brim with dry technical definitions and focus heavily on statistical analysis, slighting other valuable methods. This approach not only dulls potential enjoyment of the course, but prevents students from mastering the skills they need to engage more directly and meaningfully with a wide variety of research. With wit and practical wisdom, Christopher Howard draws on more than a decade of experience teaching research methods to transform a typically dreary subject and teach budding political scientists the critical skills they need to read published research more effectively and produce better research of their own. The first part of the book is devoted to asking three fundamental questions in political science: What happened? Why? Who cares? In the second section, Howard demonstrates how to answer these questions by choosing an appropriate research design, selecting cases, and working with numbers and written documents as evidence. Drawing on examples from American and comparative politics, international relations, and public policy, Thinking Like a Political Scientist highlights the most common challenges that political scientists routinely face, and each chapter concludes with exercises so that students can practice dealing with those challenges.

Essential Research Methods for Social Work

Author: Allen Rubin
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495604372
Format: PDF, Docs
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This briefer version of Rubin and Babbie’s popular and respected text, RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK, provides students with a research methods text that is more concise in its treatment of technical research content yet still offers the social work-specific illustrations, applications, and constant focus on the utility of social work research in social work practice. A book-specific website accompanies the text, providing students with tutorial quizzes and links to additional related concepts. Outlines, introductions, boxes, chapter endings with main points, review questions and exercises, and Internet exercises help students easily find the information and practice they need to succeed in the course. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Research Methods for Organizational Studies

Author: Donald P. Schwab
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780805831177
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Beautifully written and thoroughly class-tested, this practical text provides students of management and organizational studies with clear guidelines for conducting real-world research. Unusually applied, it provides tools with which to do research (data sets and statistical software) and discusses application issues typically missing from other research texts--for example, cleaning data, addressing missing data, coding data, and transforming data. It also provides numerous exercises for solving applied research problems. Among the more notable features are the following: Organizing Model-Two organizing figures (carried throughout the text) imbue discussions with an unusual degree of clarity and coherence. The first illustrates the mutual relationship between the three main research activities-design, measurement, and analysis. The second illustrates how conceptual validity is the major criterion for evaluating empirical research outcomes and procedures. Flexibility-This book accommodates the wide variation in background that students bring into this course. In addition to the first 15 chapters which introduce basic research topics, the final section contains four chapters that extend the discussion of some basic topic. These extension chapters make the text adaptable for doctoral level students. Statistics-In addition to an entire section on data analysis, discussions throughout take an applied data analysis perspective rather than a statistical one. Also, statistics is separated from statistical inference. Supplements-An instructor's manual contains the following elements for each chapter: chapter outlines, teaching objectives and ideas, answers to chapter questions, and additional questions and answers that can be used for tests. Many chapters also have exercises to reinforce material covered. A disk is available that contains cases and data for chapter exercises and for course projects. The disk also contains all of the Exhibits in the book in PowerPoint slides.

Empirical Political Analysis

Author: Craig Leonard Brians
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315510200
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Empirical Political Analysis introduces students to the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods used in political science research. Organized around all of the stages of the research process, this comprehensive text surveys designing experiments, conducting research, evaluating results, and presenting findings. With exercises in the text and in a companion lab manual, Empirical Political Analysis gives students applied insights on the scopes and methods of political science research. Features: Offers comprehensive coverage of quantitative and qualitative research methods in political science, a hallmark since it first published over 25 years ago. Covers the research process from start to finish—hypothesis formation, literature review, research design, data gathering, data analysis, and research report writing. Includes in-depth examples of political science research to give discipline-specific instruction on political analysis. Features a “Practical Research Ethics” box in every chapter to make students aware of common ethical dilemmas and potential solutions to them. Written by political scientists who actively publish in subfields ranging from comparative politics to environmental policy to political communications to voting behavior. Includes learning goals, key terms, and research examples to help students engage and explore the most important concepts.

Doing Research in Political Science

Author: Paul Pennings
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412903769
Format: PDF
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This is an immensely helpful book for students starting their own research... an excellent introduction to the comparative method giving an authoritative overview over the research process - Klaus Armingeon, University of Bern Doing Research in Political Science is the book for mastering the comparative method in all the social sciences - Jan-Erik Lane, University of Geneva This book has established itself as a concise and well-readable text on comparative methods and statistics in political science I...strongly recommend it. - Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps-University Marburg This thoroughly revised edition of the popular textbook offers an accessible but comprehensive introduction to comparative research methods and statistics for students of political science. Clearly organized around three parts, the text introduces the main theories and methodologies used in the discipline. Part 1 frames the comparative approach within the methodological framework of the political and social sciences. Part 2 introduces basic descriptive and inferential statistical methods as well as more advanced multivariate methods used in quantitative political analysis. Part 3 applies the methods and techniques of Parts 1 & 2 to research questions drawn from contemporary themes and issues in political science. Incorporating practice exercises, ideas for further reading and summary questions throughout, Doing Research in Political Science provides an invaluable step-by-step guide for students and researchers in political science, comparative politics and empirical political analysis.

Research Methods for Public Administrators

Author: Gail Johnson
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 0765628716
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Designed for beginning MPA students and practitioners, this highly practical text focuses on the interpretation and use of research findings, not just number-crunching. It covers the entire research process, from initial questions to final report, in clear, jargon-free language, and includes numerous examples and exercises that provide opportunities for concrete applications of the concepts.