An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods explains the key elements of scientific philosophy and basic research concepts. It discusses all parts of the research process, including: - generating research ideas - communicating research and using library resources - sampling and research design; reliability and validity - quantitative and qualitative data collection; data analysis, display, and interpretation - the use of geographic information techniques Conceptual points are illustrated throughout with examples and demonstrated with specific exercises. The text applies the research philosophy and methods of the social and behavioral sciences to topics in human geography. The text is intended for undergraduate and graduate geography courses on research methods; it will be valuable as a reference work or primer for students, faculty, and other professionals who want a concise and integrated introduction to research methods in human geography.
|Publication date:||26th April 2006|
|Author:||Daniel R. Montello, Paul Sutton|
|Publisher:||SAGE Publications Inc|
|Categories:||Human geography, Social research & statistics,|
Daniel Montello is Professor of Geography at the University of California, CA. I grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California (Laurel Canyon) during the 1960's. The movie 'Soylent Green' and the chest pain I experienced with deep breaths during smog alerts had a significant impact on me and my nascent perception of the Human-Environment-Sustainability problematic. I later moved to Santa Barbara during my High School years and was deeply influenced by the works of Rachel Carson, Paul Ehrlich, and Garrett Hardin. Needless to say my early childhood experiences primed me to be significantly influenced by apocalyptic movies ...More About Daniel R. Montello, Paul Sutton