Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 350 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
October 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381541
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Now in its second edition, Research Methods offers students a highly accessible and engaging introduction to research methodology from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Examining both qualitative and quantitative research methods from the early planning stages to writing proposals and reports, this text also identifies theories and methods in research foundations, common errors in reasoning, and research goals. It also covers ethics, design and measurement, sampling, experiments, surveys, interviewing, and ethnography. New to this edition are chapters on decolonizing methods, digital methods that investigates social media platforms, expanded information on data analysis and action research, a student sample research report, updated figures and statistics, and current online resources. Designed to bring research methods to life in a manner that sparks students’ interest in exploring the social world around them, this text is an ideal resource for students in sociology, social work, and anthropology who are completing the research methods component of their degree.


  • includes features such as key terms, test banks, review questions, references, chapter summaries, and activities
  • applies a learning-through-practice approach, which encourages students to apply learned research methods to corresponding activities
  • incorporates contemporary examples from research by Canadian researchers

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Diane Symbaluk

Diane Symbaluk is a Professor of Sociology at MacEwan University, specializing in criminology and social psychology. She helped establish the research ethics policy and appeal board that continues to guide all research at MacEwan University. She is the recipient of MacEwan’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2013), Chair of the Sociology’s Distinguished Teaching Awards Selection Committee, and also serves as an adjudicator for academic integrity hearings.

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