Theory construction and model-building skills : a practical guide for social scientists

By: Jaccard, JamesContributor(s): Jacoby, JacobMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York The Guilford 2020Edition: 2nd edDescription: 522pISBN: 9781462542437Subject(s): Social sciences- Research- Methodology | Social sciences- ModelsDDC classification: 300.15 JAC Summary: The book prepares graduate students, new researchers, and even seasoned investigators to develop their own theories and build on existing ones. Concrete strategies are provided to help readers generate ideas, define constructs, and think through relationships and processes that link constructs. Compelling examples from multiple disciplines illustrate the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods orientations to theory construction. The text also offers practical advice for writing effectively about theories in papers and grant applications. Readers learn by doing via application and concept exercises, demonstration boxes, and practical guidelines.
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Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Understanding
3. Science as an Approach to Understanding sample
4. Creativity and the Generation of Ideas
5. Focusing Concepts
6. Thought Experiments for Variable Relationships
7. Causal Models
8. Mathematical Modeling
9. Simulation as a Theory Development Method
10. Emergent Theory: Qualitative/Mixed Method Approaches
11. Emergent Theory: Quantitative Approaches
12. Historically Influential Systems of Thought
13. Theory and Measurement: General Frameworks
14. Types of Measurement Strategies
15. Theory Revision
16. Reading and Writing about Theories
17. Epilogue

The book prepares graduate students, new researchers, and even seasoned investigators to develop their own theories and build on existing ones. Concrete strategies are provided to help readers generate ideas, define constructs, and think through relationships and processes that link constructs. Compelling examples from multiple disciplines illustrate the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods orientations to theory construction. The text also offers practical advice for writing effectively about theories in papers and grant applications. Readers learn by doing via application and concept exercises, demonstration boxes, and practical guidelines.

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