Surveys In Social Research

This sixth edition of Surveys In Social Research by David de Vaus provides detailed guidance and advice on planning, conducting and analysing social surveys and emphasises the links between theory and research, the logic and interpretation of statistics and the practices of social research. It is broken up into four parts that reflect the structure of conducting a social survey: The Scope of Survey Research; Collecting Survey Data; Setting Up the Data for Analysis; and Analysing Survey Data.

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  • Part I: The Scope of Survey Research 
    • The Nature of Surveys
    • Theory and Social Research
    • Formulating and Clarifying Research Questions
  • Part II: Collecting Survey Data 
    • Developing Indicators for Concepts
    • Ethics and Data Collection
    • Finding a Sample
    • Constructing Questionnaires
    • Administering Questionnaires 
  • Part III: Setting Up the Data for Analysis 
    • Coding
    • Preparing Variables for Analysis
    • Building Scales 
  • Part IV: Analysing Survey Data 
    • Overview of Analysis
    • Univariate Analysis
    • Bivariate Analysis: Nominal and Ordinal Variables
    • Bivariate Analysis for Interval-Level Variables
    • Elaborate Bivariate Relationships
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Putting It into Practice: A Research Example
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography


De Vaus, D. (2014) Surveys in Social Research, 6th ed. (London: Routledge).

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