Experimental thinking : a primer on social science experiments / James N. Druckman
- Druckman, James N.
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xvi, 211 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Why a primer on social science experiments? -- The scientific process and how to think about experiments -- Evaluating experiments: realism, validity, and samples -- Innovations in experimental designs: opportunities and limitations -- What to do before, during, and after an experiment -- Designing "good experiments.
- Experiments are a central methodology in the social sciences. Scholars from every discipline regularly turn to experiments. Practitioners rely on experimental evidence in evaluating social programs, policies, and institutions. This book is about how to "think" about experiments. It argues that designing a good experiment is a slow moving process (given the host of considerations) which is counter to the current fast moving temptations available in the social sciences. The book includes discussion of the place of experiments in the social science process, the assumptions underlying different types of experiments, the validity of experiments, the application of different designs, how to arrive at experimental questions, the role of replications in experimental research, and the steps involved in designing and conducting "good" experiments. The goal is to ensure social science research remains driven by important substantive questions and fully exploits the potential of experiments in a thoughtful manner.
- 9781108991353 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 07 Apr 2022).
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