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Your request to send this item has been completed. Citations are based on reference standards. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. The E-mail Address es field is required. The book is divided into sixteen chapters, which seemed a bit intimidating at first.
I later realized that they are not necessarily very long chapters; it varies in terms of the topic. This makes the book quite comprehensive in that the book could This makes the book quite comprehensive in that the book could be used for the length of the semester, one chapter per week. This is a useful model and one can add or subtract if needed. For example, the beginning chapter which discusses what science is and uses vocabulary from the hard or natural sciences may not necessarily be relevant in a social science course, but the author is being comprehensive by explaining the origins of science and the creation of the scientific method.
The vocabulary in bold is extremely effective throughout the book. The book is meticulously researched and I did not note any egregious statements or inaccuracies. The book makes sure of updated case examples, discusses how students utilize the internet for research, etc. The theories outlined here are the classic important debates, and the breadth of knowledge the author imparts is extremely comprehensive and up to date.
I found the textbook to be a refreshing read. The writing is very accessible and clear, but can be dense at times though not in a problematic way—it means that with some of the more challenging material, the students will have to dig a little deeper to glean the information. The writing was very crisp, and to the point.
The book is written in a careful, consistent manner. As mentioned earlier, the vocabulary words in bold are consistent signposts, and there are citations not too many, not too few that help structure the book and provide a cogent framework.
The chapters are excellent stand alone essays that could be used interchangeably. Some of them, such as the first chapter, is historical and philosophical, but not essential to understanding social science research methods. The second and third chapters are excellent for the researcher who is just starting out to formulate a research question. It helps them to think about the various theories and approaches available to them in terms of the angle, focus and methodology selected.
The later chapters explain in greater detail various kinds of methods such as how to measure constructs, and scale reliability. These are higher order concepts which would be useful to graduate students—chapters could not only work for graduate students, but also for upper division undergraduates.
The book was structured in a logical progression. There were no problems there. No problems with typeface, the diagrams and graphs are incredibly useful in breaking down more complex research methods.
There were no problems with syntax, grammar, spelling that I came across, except for a minor typo in chapter 9 in the table of contents. I felt that the author was careful in his selection of case students to try to be inclusive and culturally sensitive.
I found this book to be extremely useful and of high quality. I will to recommend it to a colleague who is teaching research methods next semester in a different department. This book is structured as four modules and is very adaptable to instructors who want to teach any portions of the book. Social science is a quite diverse field, including studies of socio-economic data, human behaviors, values, perceptions, and many others. Not only are the topics wide-ranging, but the research methods and the underlying philosophy of science also vary.
Therefore, it is extremely difficult to write a textbook that includes everything. It aims for breadth, but not depth. Once could use this book as an entry to the field, but would need to seek additional resources for specific methods or analytical skills. Based on my review of the book, the content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.
Research methods are not time-sensitive topics and are not expected to change much in the near future. The inclusion of some cases or examples showcasing how social science research methods can be applied to current events or topics would help illustrate the relevance of this book and social science research.
The book is very clear and accessible. Important terminologies are bolded and these are good signposts for key concepts. A glossary summarizing definitions for the key terminologies would help students understand these key concepts. The book includes some helpful figures illustrating concepts in research design and statistics. Bhattacherjee, structured the book following the research process — from theories, to research design, data collection, and analysis.
Each module can be a standalone unit and is very adaptable to instructors who want to teach with either the whole book or individual modules. Although each module is mostly self-contained, it is impossible not to refer to other chapters since research is an iterative process. However, I do not expect this to be a huge problem for someone who wants to teach only a section of the book. The fact that this book is structured as modules also makes it expandable.
For those who want to teach only the philosophy of science or only the research design portion, they can add more details and in-depth discussion to these topics. The book is well-organized and flows well with the research process. The chapters are clearly titled as well as the subheadings. Some numbering with the subheadings would help with navigation. The flow of the first module Introduction to Research is sometimes confusing — the book jumps between big ideas scientific reasoning, conceptual framework and specific details variables, units of analysis several times in the first four chapters.
I thought that reorganizing the chapters as Ch1, Ch4, Ch3, Ch2 would flow better from big ideas to specific details. Since the book is organized by the research process, not by the type of research qualitative vs. Each chapter is clearly titled.
I would like to see the subheadings being numbered as well. If the PDF could have the Table of Contents on the sidebar, it would improve the navigation even more.
There are no culturally insensitive or offensive materials noticed. The few examples used in the book are very general and not controversial. This book is a nice walk-through guide for researchers new to the field of social science research. One thing I would recommend adding is examples and cases. With more examples and cases, students would be able to put research methods into context and practice how they can apply the methods to their own research projects.
I have not seen a more comprehensive text for this topic area, and yet it retains a concision that I would have appreciated as a PhD student when I took courses in research methods. I think that the text may lend itself to several different types I think that the text may lend itself to several different types of courses. The early chapters can by used for more theoretical research courses, especially for new researchers and fundamentals of research courses.
The later chapters can be used for "nuts and bolts" courses for addressing specific methodological issues. The appendices are an especially nice touch and added value for faculty to understand how the author uses this text and creates a syllabus to complement it.
There are very few typographical errors, and overall, the text is rigorously unbiased in its scientific method claims and explanations. The overwhelming majority of the content in this text is classical understandings of research and methodologies that are essential to all graduate students, particularly in business and the social sciences. There is no indication that any of the content will suffer from claims that it is obsolete or irrelevant.
The clarity of the text is sound partly due to the concision of the book. Shorter chapters, easily navigable paragraphs, and other compositional devices make the text accessible to most levels of graduate students. The bolded words invite the reader to create a self-guided glossary, not any different than a textbook in an 8th grade student collection, which is helpful to counter the sometimes sophisticated nature of research theory.
The chapters have a nice flow to them, and can be "chunked" out for use in more beginner or more advanced courses. One preference of this reviewer would be to assign the ethics in research chapter earlier in the course calendar, and thus earlier in the textbook, so it is part of the foundational aspects of understanding social science inquiry. Again, I think the ethics chapter should be earlier, but that is simply a personal choice and can be altered by my syllabus.
Offering some of the nuts and bolts of research methods earlier in the text and tying them into the more theoretical concepts might help with clarity of flow for the typical graduate student. This text is not insensitive in any way. As a matter of fact, pointing out historical issues in research ethics using some sensitive vignettes actually heightens the importance of research in everyday life.
I'm looking forward to adopting it for courses and using it for my own reflections on research! For its purpose, as introduced by the author, this is appropriately comprehensive. However, it is much more brief, more concise, than traditional research methods texts for undergraduates — which the text does not claim to be. It lays a sufficient It lays a sufficient foundation, with room and expectation for the professor to supplement with additional materials.
Supplementing would be important if using this in an undergraduate classroom. I appreciate that the author emphasizes the process of research, and takes the time to address, in the first four chapters, the logic and process of research in a way that allows the text to be used in multiple disciplines. Indeed, this is one of the strengths of the book: The text does not provide either an index or a glossary. This is more challenging when planning for its use in an undergraduate research methods class; however, I think that the strengths of this book outweigh the weaknesses.
I have not noticed any errors or bias. Doctoral students would bring in a sufficient foundation for reading this on their own; undergraduates will need scaffolding and additional resources to competently understand the complexity inherent in research. The content does not read in a way that seems either now or in the future likely to read as dated or obsolete. The discussion of survey methodology and analysis programs will change with technology, but that should be easy to update.
The book is well-written and concise. Faculty would be able to easily divide the text into smaller sections, which would be useful as those smaller reading sections could be combined with targeted supplementary materials. The topics generally flow well as presented; the only exception is having the section on research ethics at the end. However, this chapter would be easy to assign earlier in the semester. I did not notice any offensive comments or examples.
The book is brief by design; it does not include the numerous examples that populate the traditional undergraduate research methods text. I did not find it offensive or insensitive. This text covers a wide array of topics relevant to social science research, including some that are not traditionally included but are welcome additions, such as a chapter dedicated to research ethics. A sample syllabus for a graduate course on A sample syllabus for a graduate course on research design is also offered at the end of the book, facilitating course development.
The book is comprehensive in its treatment of the central components of research design and the different methodological strategies that researchers can leverage to investigate various research questions.
Notably absent, however, is an index, glossary of terms, or questions for discussion, which are frequently included in textbooks devoted to research design. The content is accurate and unbiased, which may be particularly important for texts on research design, as many fields within social science are intractably polarized between quantitative and qualitative approaches. The book goes a long way toward bridging that gap by treating the multitude of methodological orientations fairly and without obvious preference for one or another.
This book will stand the test of time due to its comprehensiveness and fair and balanced approach to research design. Both cutting-edge and classic approaches to research are discussed and the book may be easily updated as warranted by important developments in the social sciences.
The text is written clearly and accessibly, providing adequate context for most of the jargon and technical terminology that is covered. For this reason, it seems suitable for a variety of graduate-level courses, including research design survey courses and more advanced courses focusing on specific approaches. The book neatly compartmentalizes the topics, making it easily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course.
The individual chapters stand on their own and do not require contextualization. Numerous sub-headings throughout each chapter flag the central themes. The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion. The topics build productively throughout the textbook, beginning with the basic concepts of research design and culminating with different strategies to approach research.
The book's interface is seamless. Charts and images appear appropriately sized and undistorted and the text is free from navigation problems. The text and examples provided in it are not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. Examples are drawn from universal theories rather than research that is culturally-specific. This text covers all the basic concepts expected in a book on social science research. However, it does so at a fairly superficial level.
The author says this was intentional in order to provide coverage of essential topics and not distract The author says this was intentional in order to provide coverage of essential topics and not distract students. As such, the book seems to do a good job introducing all the essential concepts for graduate research, but supplemental materials are likely needed depending on instructor or student needs. Social science research isn't likely to change greatly so this text should remain relevant for some time and can easily be updated to accommodate new techniques as they arise.
The book is generally well-written and accessible. The writing is clear and there are sufficient examples to help students grasp concepts. The text may be best used as an overview of the research process in social sciences rather than a reference. However, various chapters could also be used alone or as supplement to other materials and excluding chapters not relevant to a particular course should not cause any issues.
The author even mentions excluding certain chapters that are actually full courses where he teaches. I think a good proofread would help. There are a number of places where extraneous words were left in perhaps when rewriting and changing the structure of a sentence or where words are not quite right.
I did not find the book to be insensitive or offensive. Examples used are fairly benign. For example, when discussing the tendency of lay people to view a scientific theory as mere speculation the author uses an example of teacher practice instead of a more charged example such as evolution.
Overall, this is a good book to introduce graduate and even undergraduate students to social science research. It is not comprehensive enough to be the only text students encounter, but it would be sufficient for say master's level programs that focus more on capstone or practical "informed by research" projects.
Students planning to conduct original research, analyze data and interpret results will likely find this insufficient. This text introduces social science doctoral students to the research process. It can be used in sociology, political science, education public health, and related disciplines. The book does an excellent job covering topics that are too often The book does an excellent job covering topics that are too often neglected in research methods classes. Standard texts devote most of their attention to different modes of data collection e.
This book covers these materials but also devotes a lot of time to steps in the research process that precede data collection. These steps include formulating a research question, concept definition, theory elaboration, measurement including reliability and validity and sampling. There is also cursory coverage of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics a chapter on each as well as chapter on research ethics. In terms of coverage, then, the text can be described as comprehensive in terms of topics.
In terms of depth of coverage of the topics, the text takes a minimalist approach. That is, the fundamentals of each topic are covered, but there is little discussion beyond the basics. Teachers looking for the perfect text that nails all the key points should look elsewhere or make heavy use of supplements. For instance, in the discussion on concepts, constructs, and variables, the text does not distinguish between latent variables, which are unobservable, and manifest variables, which are observable, as is common in the structural equation modeling tradition used in sociology and psychology.
This is a minor omission and there are others one might quibble with. The bottom line is that most key topics in the research process are covered, but the coverage is not terribly deep. From what I can tell, the book is accurate in terms of what it covers. There are some things that should probably be included in subsequent revisions. The social science research process is unlikely to change in any signfiicant way for some time; therefore, I suspect the book will be relevant for years to come.
For instance, internet sampling techniques have come a long way over the past decade and there are now pollng firms that can admister online surveys to representative samples of the broader U. So long as the author keeps on these develops, this will serve as a useful introductory text for the foreseable future. This text is extremely and unusually well-written and clear.
This is one of the text's greatest selling points. No complaints on this score. This book can work in a number of ways. A teacher can sample the germane chapters and incorporate them without difficulty in any research methods class.
Teachers looking for a text that they can use to introduce students to the research process and cover the foundational components of the research process should find this manuscript sufficient for their needs.
Simple additions on slides or class room commentary can easily take care of the various omissions that pepper the text. Indeed, one could use this text in conjunction with discipline specific supplements quite effectively.
For instance, in chapter 3 on the research process, the author devotes 5 paragraphs to common mistakes in the research process, such as pursuing trivial research questions or blind data mining.
I can see how psychologists, sociologists and political scientists could provide discipline-specific examples to tailor this to their students particular needs. More generally, I suspect that the text could be used in conjunction with germane discipline specific materials quite effectively in research methodology classes.
The book is not perfect. I wish there was more discussion on field experiments in the experiment chapter. Other than a brief mention that these are relatively rare, there was nothing. These are indeed relatively rare but that seems to be changing in some fields e. The chapter on case study methods would benefit from discussion on the historical and comparative methods that are used in various social science disciplines, as well as some discussion on case selection methods.
The statistical coverage is very thin and should not serve as the primary source material in any class that covers statistics.
For instance, the discussion on the empirical assessment of reliability for items or scales does not discuss in depth the assumptions that underlie the various methods nor the modifications that need to be made across different levels of measurement.
To take another example, the author presents the formulae for the variance and standard deviation on p. Students often ask me why we divide the mean squared deviation by n-1 instead of n, which is what we do for the mean.
Professors will need to make sure that their slides include discussion of the degrees of freedom idea and perhaps some discussion on unbiasedness as well. In the inferential statistics chapter there's no discussion on desirable properties of estimators unbiasedness and efficiency. This is an unfortunate oversight.
These could be added very easily using simple graphs. One thing that's lacking is a chapter on statistical graphics. The book makes great use of graphics and other visual aids throughout the chapters, but I wish there as a standalone chapter that introduces simple plots for univariate and bivariate data.
This can be supplemented easily enough, but the omission seems odd. Again, this book can serve as an compact introduction in a graduate research methodology class for students across the social sciences, but it would work best in conjunction with deeper and more discipline specific materials prepared by the professor.
Bhattacherjee's "Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices," is a comprehensive, but a bare-boned and generic introduction to social science research.
In this case "generic" is actually a positive attribute: I teach an introductory quantitative research course for master's and Ph. I describe the text as comprehensive, because if my students got a basic grasp of all of the concepts in the book, they'd be well positioned to continue on to more advanced research courses though the text is less valuable as a reference than more comprehensive introductory texts.
Bhattacherjee's introduction says that the book is bare-boned by design -- "I decided to focus only on essential concepts, and not fill pages with clutter that can divert the students' attention to less relevant or tangential issues" -- some topics deserve more attention.
For example, Institutional Review Boards IRB receive only two short paragraphs, and there is no mention of the history of why such boards were deemed necessary and play an important role in the research process.
I'd consider such knowledge essential for students, and this is the type of information I would like a text to focus on so that I can spend class time reviewing more complicated concepts students might have trouble grasping on their own. Generally I found the writing to be approachable, and concepts to be well explained, though extensive examples are also part of the "clutter" omitted from this book.
Another topic I would have liked to see developed further - and perhaps is especially important to the more digitally-savvy crowd interested in the open textbook movement - is the expanding role of the Internet and digital technologies in the research process itself, particularly in the era of "big data.
That said, I am balancing using this text versus a more comprehensive, but much more expensive, commercially produced text.
Another thing that this book is missing are instructional resources that commercial publishers provide, but ultimately by using this text I can contribute to creating greater value for my students.
However, it would have to be supplemented heavily with other materials, as well as lectures, which is not without a trade-off cost. It's certainly doable, but ultimately means a greater investment of my time, and I have to weigh investing my time in creating hands-on learning opportunities and providing students with thorough feedback on their work with the time I'd have to invest in using a text that is complete, but needs to be much more heavily supplemented with additional materials.
Ideally, several faculty with similar teaching needs would team up to combine and adapt several open texts to their courses' needs. Adapting and supplementing this text for my purposes by myself, however, remains a steep, if not insurmountable task for a tenure-track professor.
This text, however, is thorough enough to maintain my interested in trying to find a way to make it work. This text certainly covers all the basic concepts and processes I would expect to find in an introduction to social sciences research.
What I liked in particular is that the author includes information on the ENTIRE research process, including critical thinking and research ethics, in addition to the "nuts and bolts" of research such as operationalization, data collection, and data analysis. I also find it useful that the author includes sections on both qualitative and quantitative research, which is great for an introductory level course. The primary reason I did not give this text 5 stars is that the author does not provide a great amount of detail for a lot of the book's sections.
He explains in the preface that he purposefully chose to reduce the text to the basics in order to keep the text compact and clutter-free. In general, I tend to agree with this approach, as so many methodology textbooks seem to get lost in examples and case studies without clearly illustrating the research process as a whole. However, as I was reading through this book, I kept thinking that I would need to supplement multiple areas of this book with more information in order to make it truly accessible to my students.
To be fair, I think that A anyone who has taught methods before would be able to use the "bones" of this book to prepare students sufficiently well for class and then easily fill in the blanks, and B it appears that this text was written primarily with graduate students in mind, whereas I most teach undergraduates. In all, I still think that this is a great free alternative to many textbooks out there, but if your teaching style depends on your text including a lot of explanation and examples or even applications , then this is likely not the text for you.
Finally, this book does NOT include an index or a glossary. I did not detect any errors or any purposeful bias in this textbook! Some readers might find that the author's choice of terminology does not necessarily match what I would consider standard practices in the broader social sciences e. For instance, the author states that "control variables" are not pertinent to explaining the dependent variable, but need to be taken into consideration because they may have "some impact" on it.
I'm assuming the author means that they are not pertinent to the hypothesis being tested as opposed to them not being pertinent to the explanation of the dependent variable. This type of ambiguity does not occur very often in the textbook and it does not necessarily represent an error.
It merely seems to be an issue of miscommunication. Overall, I very much liked this text for its accuracy. Luckily, research methods do not change drastically in a short period of time, so I expect the longevity of this book to be very high.
More importantly, selecting the most suitable method of primary data collection, collecting the primary data and analyzing the data to find answers to your research questions or to test hypotheses are not straightforward tasks for many business students.
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