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Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration

Book Description

While there are many ways to collect information, many students have trouble understanding how to employ various research methods effectively. Since everyone learns and processes information differently, instructing students on successfully using these methods continues to be a challenge. Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration combines empirical research and best practices on various research methods being employed by administrators. Emphasizing theoretical concepts, this publication is an essential reference source for academics, public administration practitioners, and students interested in how information is gathered, processed, and utilized.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Preface
    1. WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TEXTS?
    2. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. THE NATURE AND TOOLS OF EMPIRICISM
    3. DEDUCTIVE VS. INDUCTIVE EMPIRICAL TOOLS
    4. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    5. REFERENCES
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  8. Chapter 2: The Deductive Research Question and Literature Review
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. CRAFTING A “RESEARCHABLE” RESEARCH QUESTION
    3. CONDUCTING A RELEVANT LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    5. REFERENCES
    6. ADDITIONAL READING
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    8. APPENDIX
  9. Chapter 3: The Unit of Analysis and Variables
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. WHAT IS A UNIT OF ANALYSIS?
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  10. Chapter 4: Measuring Variables
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. WHAT DOES MEASUREMENT ENTAIL?
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCE
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  11. Chapter 5: Writing and Delivering Survey Questions
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. THE SCIENCE OF WRITING SURVEY QUESTIONS
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  12. Chapter 6: Designing Experiments
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. THE GOLD STANDARD OF EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. ADDITIONAL READING
    5. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    6. APPENDIX
  13. Chapter 7: Existing Data as a Measurement Tool
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. FINDING EXISTING DATA
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. ADDITIONAL READING
    5. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    6. APPENDIX
  14. Chapter 8: Program Evaluation
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. WHAT IS PROGRAM EVALUATION?
    3. TYPES OF PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
    4. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    5. REFERENCES
    6. ADDITIONAL READING
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    8. APPENDIX
  15. Chapter 9: Policy Analysis
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. WHAT A POLICY ANALYSIS ENTAILS
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  16. Chapter 10: Qualitative and Mixed-Method Approaches
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. QUALITATIVE, INDUCTIVE METHODS
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  17. Chapter 11: Sampling
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. WHAT IS SAMPLING?
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  18. Chapter 12: Practical Data Analysis
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. PRE-ANALYSIS: LEVELS OF MEASUREMENT AND CODING YOUR DATA
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCY
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  19. Chapter 13: Research Ethics
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. ETHICS LESSONS AND THE MOVIE GHOSTBUSTERS
    3. CHAPTER RECAP AND RELEVANCE
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7. APPENDIX
  20. Appendix 1
    1. ELEMENTS OF A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
  21. Appendix 2
    1. RESEARCH METHODS
    2. COURSE SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNMENTS
  22. Appendix 3
    1. TEACHING AND LEARNING TIPS
  23. Appendix 4
    1. ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
  24. Appendix 5
    1. FOR FURTHER READING
  25. Glossary
  26. Related References
  27. Compilation of References
  28. About the Author