Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences examines the under-discussed process of exploration as a methodological process, providing a complete reference for carrying out this type of research. Robert Stebbins asserts the importance of exploration in the social sciences, then walks the reader through the process of exploratory research in an easy-to-read style. He: defines exploration, distinguishing it from serendipity; observes that exploration is not synonymous with qualitative research; examines the process of exploration and, more briefly concatenation; discusses the limitations of syllogistic reasoning; offers a treatment of the complex relationship between exploration and confirmation; illustrates the application of exploratory research through vignettes from sample thesis reports from a variety of disciplines; The book also covers the writing of exploratory research and the life of the social science explorer. It concludes with a look at the future of exploration in the social sciences.
Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences
SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Social research & statistics
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Education & Reference