Offers advice concerning the most crucial steps for planning and undertaking meaningful research: selecting the methods to be used. This title addresses the methodological choices in four stages: design, sampling, coding and measurement, and analysis.
VOLUME 1: SELECTING DESIGNS FOR GATHERING EVIDENCE Epistemological Diversity and Education Research: Much ado about nothing much? The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model Of Sociological Explanation - H. Siegel A Tale Of Two Cultures: Contrasting Quantitative And Qualitative Research - P.S. Gorski What Good is Polarizing Research into Qualitative and Quantitative? - J. Mahoney and G. Goertz Integrating Survey and Ethnographic Methods for Systematic Anomalous Case Analysis - K. Ercikan and W.M. Roth What Works and Why: Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches in large-scale evaluations - L.D. Pearce Fieldwork, Economic Theory, and Research on Institutions in Developing Countries - I. Plewis and P. Mason The Benefits of Being There: Evidence from the literature on work - C. Udry Mapping the Process: An exemplar of process and challenge in grounded theory analysis - D. Tope, L.J. Chamberlain, M. Crowley and R. Hodson Identity in Focus: The use of focus groups to study the construction of collective identity - B. Harry, K.M. Sturges and J.K. Klinger Rational Choice, Structural Context, and Increasing Returns: A strategy for analytic narrative in historical sociology - J. Munday The Growth and Development of Experimental Research in Political Science - N. Pedriana The Logic of The Survey Experiment Reexamined - J.N. Druckman, Donald P. Green, J.H. Kuklinski and A. Lupia The Role of Randomized Field Trials in Social Science Research - B.J. Gaines, J.H. Kuklinski, and P.J. Quirk Naturally Occurring Preferences and Exogenous Laboratory Experiments: A case study of risk aversion - R.A. Moffitt Understanding Interaction Models: Improving empirical analysis - G.W. Harrison, J.A. List and C. Towe A Potential Outcomes View of Value-Added Assessment in Education - T. Brambor, W.R. Clark and M. Golder What are Value-Added Models Estimating and what does this Imply for Statistical Practice? - D.B. Rubin, E.A. Stuart and E.L. Zanutto VOLUME 2: METHODS TO SAMPLE, RECRUIT, AND ASSIGN CASES - S.W. Raudenbush Recruitment for a Panel Study of Australian Retirees The Difficulty of Identifying Rare Samples to Study: The case of schools divided into schools within schools - Y. Wells, W. Petralia, D. Devaus and H. Kendig In Search of Homo Economicus: Behavioral experiments in 15 small-scale societies - V.E. Lee, D.D. Ready and D.J. Johnson Population Estimation without Censuses or Surveys: A discussion of mark-recapture methods - J. Henrich, R. Boyd, S. Bowles, C. Camerer, E. Fehr, H. Gintis and R. Mcelreath A Different Kind of Snowball: Identifying Key Policymakers - M. Bloor Sampling and Estimation in Hidden Populations Using Respondent-Driven Sampling - K. Farquharson Sample Size: More than calculations - M.J. Salganik and D.D. Heckathorn Sample Size Planning for the Standardized Mean Difference: Accuracy in parameter estimation via narrow confidence intervals - R.A. Parker and N.G. Bergman Sufficient Sample Sizes for Multilevel Modeling - K. Kelley and J.R. Rausch Two-Step Hierarchical Estimation: Beyond regression analysis - C.J.M. Maas and J.J. Hox Nested Analysis as a Mixed-Method Strategy for Comparative Research - C.H. Achen When Can History Be Our Guide? The pitfalls of counterfactual inference - E.S. Lieberman The Possibility Principle: Choosing negative cases in comparative research - G. King and L. Zeng Use of Extreme Groups Approach: A critical reexamination and new recommendations - J. Mahoney and G. Goertz The Intervention Selection Bias: An underrecognized confound in intervention research - K.J. Preacher, R.C. Maccallum, D. Rucker and W.A. Nicewander Getting the Most from Archived Qualitative Data: Epistemological, practical, and professional obstacles - R.E. Larzelere, B.R. Kuhn and B. Johnson Whose Data are they Anyway? Practical, legal and ethical issues in archiving qualitative research data - N. Fielding Recording Technologies and the Interview in Sociology, 1920-2000 - O. Parry and N.S. Mauthner Toward An Open-Source Methodology: What we can learn from the blogosphere - R.M. Lee Does Mode Matter for Modeling Political Choice? Evidence from the 2005 british election study - M.M. Blumenthal Reaching Migrants in Survey Research: The use of global position system to reduce coverage bias in China - D. Sanders, H.D. Clarke, M.C. Stewart and P. Whitley VOLUME 3: METHODS FOR CODING