Sources for Further Study

Baker, Therese L. Doing Social Research. 3d ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998. Gives the reader a general introduction to field research, observational studies, data collection methods, survey research, and sampling techniques as well as other topics which will help the reader evaluate "good" field experiments from those that are poorly constructed. Berg, Bruce L. Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000. Discusses a field strategy used by anthropologists and sociologists to study groups of people; in addition, discusses the ethical issues that arise while conducting research. Looks at the dangers of covert research and provides the guidelines established by the National Research Act. Griffin, John H. Black Like Me. Reprint. New York: Signet, 1996. This excellent book, first published in 1962, is a narrative of the author's experiences traveling around the United States observing how people react to him after he takes on the appearance of a black man. This monumental field study, which contributed to an understanding of social prejudice, provides the reader with an excellent example of the significance of and need for conducting field research. Luria, Aleksandr R. The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book About a Vast Memory. 1968. Reprint. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1988. A fascinating case study, written by a founder of neuropsychology and one of the most significant Russian psychologists. Directed toward a general audience. The case study focuses on his subject, Shereshevskii (subject "S"), and his extraordinary memory. Singleton, Royce, Jr., et al. Approaches to Social Research. 3d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. This well-written text discusses various aspects of field experimentation, such as how to select a research setting and gather information, how to get into the field, and when a field study should be adopted. The chapter on experimentation can be used to contrast "true" experiments with field studies. Spradley, James. Participant Observation. New York: International Thompson, 1997. A guide to constructing and carrying out a participant observation study, from a chiefly anthropological perspective. Yin, Robert K. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 3d ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2003. This volume is perhaps the finest single source on case-study methods in print. Yin shows the reader exactly how to design, conduct, analyze, and even write up a case study. Approximately forty examples of case studies are cited with brief explanations. Not highly technical.

Bryan C. Auday

See also: Animal Experimentation; Experimentation: Independent, Dependent, and Control Variables; Survey Research: Questionnaires and Interviews.

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