Research Method for the Social and Behavioural Sciences.
Recognized leaders in the field—authors Bart Weathington, Christopher Cunningham, and David Pittenger—present:
A comprehensive review of research methods and the statistical concepts that support them, Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences offers the best techniques for studying behavior and social phenomena.
Written by an interdisciplinary team of global experts covering diverse research methods – including research design, research tools, and statistical techniques – this volume focuses on advanced research methods for anyone working in the social and behavioral sciences. The information needed to perform research in the laboratory, the field, or online is mapped out to provide specific applications and tools in applying each method.
The issues surrounding reliability, validity, and obtaining consent are explained alongside detailed descriptions of the impact of pre-knowledge on participant behavior, the ways that researchers unintentionally influence participants, and tips on administering suspicion probes and debriefings.
The book then lays out bio-physiological measures, eye-tracking methods and technologies, the construction of questionnaires, and reaction-time methodologies without assuming too much prior knowledge.
The basics of Bayesian analysis, item response analysis, social network analysis, and meta-analysis are also summarised as the editors combine innovative methods and statistics to showcase how to perform quality research.
David J. Pittenger, PhD, is Dean of the¿College of¿Liberal Arts¿at Marshall University. His primary research interests and publications focus on the partial reinforcement extinction effect, psychometric properties of personality inventories, the coping strategies of caregivers, and ethical issues related to the behavioral sciences.
The social and behavioral sciences draws from an interdisciplinary combination of subjects such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology to provide a well-rounded understanding of the human experience.
While the field of behavioral science is very broad, there are a number of characteristics specific to the field.
A behavioral scientist is a person whose training allows the study of behaviors of groups and individuals. This shows scientist how that impacts personal development, relationship with others, as well as helping to predict possible future behaviors and its impact on society as a whole.
Behavioral scientists are often found working in government agencies, although there is a growing demand in the private sector. As the field of behavioral science is so vast there are a wide variety of possible job titles and duties.
The professionals who work in this field draw on skills to interact with people in ways that are sensitive to psycho-social and cultural nuances. Some of the most prominent careers in the social and behavioral sciences are in the fields of:
Some of the roles played by behavioral scientists in organizations are expected to hold are:
Behavioral scientists work in everything from the healthcare system as a physiologist, as well as working in law enforcement in an advisory capacity as a criminologist.
Some people feel called to work in education advancing research in the world of behavioral science research. Still others will work in social work or counseling professions.
As a general rule you can advance to more specialized careers in the social and behavioral sciences with more education and work experience. Some professions with state licensing requirements like social work and clinical psychology require a minimum level of education to be eligible for licensure.