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Introduction to political science research methods

Author: Josh FrancoCharlotte LeeKau VueDino BozonelosMasahiro OmaeAll authors
Publisher: [Mountain View, CA] : Creative Commons, [2020]
Edition/Format:   eBook : English : 1st edition
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This textbook surveys the research methods employed in political science. It includes chapters that cover: history and development of the empirical study of politics; the scientific method; theories, hypotheses, variables, and units; conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of political concepts; elements of research design including the logic of sampling; qualitative and quantitative research methods  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Josh Franco; Charlotte Lee; Kau Vue; Dino Bozonelos; Masahiro Omae; Steven Cauchon; Grace Shackelford; Academic Senate for California Community Colleges,
ISBN: 9781735198002 1735198005
OCLC Number: 1253682003
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 181 pages) : illustrations
Contents: [1.] Introduction. Welcome --
The social network of political science --Organization of the book --Analyzing journal articles --Research paper project management --
[2.] History and development of the empirical study of politics. Brief history of the empirical study of politics --
The institutional wave --
The behavioral wave --
Currents: Qualitative versus quantitative --
Currents: Normative and positive views --
[3.] The scientific method. Philosophy of science --
What is the scientific method? --
Applying the scientific method to political phenomena --
[4.] Theories, hypotheses, variables, and units. Correlation and causation --
Theory construction --
Generating hypotheses from theories --
Exploring variables --
Units of observation and units of analysis --
Causal modeling --[5.] Conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement. Conceptualization in political science --
Operationalization --
Measurement – [6.] Elements of research design. Introduction: Building with a blueprint --
Types of design: Experimental and nonexperimental designs --
Components of design: Sampling --
Components of design: Observations --
[7.] Qualitative methods. What are qualitative methods? --
Interviews --
Exploring documentary sources --
Ethnographic research --
Case studies --
[8.] Quantitative research methods and means of analysis. What are quantitative methods? --
Making sense of data --
Introduction to statistical inference and hypothesis testing --
Interpreting statistical tables in political science articles --
[9.] Research ethics. Ethics in political research --
Ethics and human “subjects” --
Navigating qualitative data collection --
Research ethics in quantitative research --
Ethically analyzing and sharing co-generated knowledge --
[10.] Conclusion. Congratulations! --
The path forward --
Frontiers of political science research methods --
How to contribute to this OER.
Other Titles: IPSRM :
IPSRM
Responsibility: Josh Franco, Charlotte Lee, Kau Vue, Dino Bozonelos, Masahiro Omae, Steven Cauchon, Grace Shackelford.

Abstract:

This textbook surveys the research methods employed in political science. It includes chapters that cover: history and development of the empirical study of politics; the scientific method; theories, hypotheses, variables, and units; conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of political concepts; elements of research design including the logic of sampling; qualitative and quantitative research methods and means of analysis; and research ethics.

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