Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Perspective on social research. 3. Sociological methods. 4. Hypothesis. 5. Research design. 6. Sociological data. 7. Observation. 8. Interview. 9. Questionnaire. 10. Social survey and case study. 11. Sampling. 12. The research report. 13. Basic statistical concepts and techniques.
"The present text of basics for the social researcher provides a sound and well-structured framework for the pursuit of serious and result-oriented research. It reiterates, in ordered and logical sequence, the steps that are required to be taken by the researcher so that he successfully plans, conducts, implements and concludes a plan of action for the study he decides on. From a discussion of the key concepts, the publication guides the reader into the intricacies of the sociological methods, and subsequently the hypothesis, the research design, and the complexities of the sociological data. It explains in clear terms the methods of data collection, namely, the questionnaire, the interview, the household survey, the sample poll etc. The basic statistical techniques are described at length and of particular use is the chapter on the research report. The book is intended for the research scholar and academician in social sciences and will prove to be of great assistance in the methodology of research." (jacket)