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An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography

by Daniel R. Montello, Paul Sutton

An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography Synopsis

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.

An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography Press Reviews

Dan Montello and Paul Sutton's well-written book on how to pursue geographic inquiry using the scientific method and related research techniques should become required reading for many present and future geographers. Even researchers who do not traditionally employ the scientific method, or do not necessarily adhere to all of its principles, will find this book a useful addition to their collection. It covers not only topics germane to the breadth of human geography but offers material that all geographers, human and physical alike, will find relevant. My expectation is that while this book will primarily be used for undergraduate courses in research and quantitative methods, graduate students in geography will also find it a useful resource. -- Scott Bell I would recommend this book for use as a reference or a text in any undergraduate-or graduate-level course that covers geographic research methods. The final, and perhaps key, strength of this book is that it is written for the entire research community. -- Arthur N. Samuel For a comprehensive college-level study of geographic research methods, choose An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography, which covers the entire research process and describes basic concepts, from generating ideas to using library resources and using ethical judgement in conducting, compiling and presenting research. Plenty of illustration of different geographic research techniques include boxed summaries and spatial examples, which self-tests, assessments, and exercises make for a perfect beginner's coursebook. -- CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH * CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412902861
Publication date: 26th April 2006
Author: Daniel R. Montello, Paul Sutton
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Human geography, Social research & statistics,

About Daniel R. Montello, Paul Sutton

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 ...

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