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Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (3rd Edition)

Product Details

ISBN: 9780205762613

Publish Date: 08/05/2011

Publisher: Pearson

Number of pages: 432


Preparing students to do research and understand what research can do.

Basics of Social Research helps students understand what research can and cannot do, become better consumers of research, and learn why properly conducted research is important.

This textteaches students to be better consumers of research results and understand how the research enterprise works, preparing them to conduct small research projects. Upon completing this text, students will gain an awareness of the capabilities and restrictions of research, and learn why properly conducted research is important. Using clear, accessible language and examples from real research, this textdiscusses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research, emphasizing the benefits of combining various approaches.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Recognize that social research is simultaneously a very important enterprise and one that is not beyond you — you can understand it
  • Become better consumers and understand what research can and cannot do
  • Learn how to properly conducted research
  • Acquire a foundation for further learning about doing research and understand that this activity requires dedication, creativity, and mature judgment

Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab with Pearson eText (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10:0205863671/ ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205863679

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