|Methods and Techniques of Social Research
Abu Jafar Mohammad Sufian
ISBN 984 70220 0021 9 2009 366pp 250x180mm HB Tk.1100.00 US$50.00
This book is a revised and updated edition of Methods and Techniques of Social Research which provides the methods and techniques of social research that crosscuts a wide array of disciplines. It is unique in that it covers both methods for collecting observations, and techniques for analyzing them, unlike most of the available texts on research methods. Efforts have been made to present the materials in a way that the readers may easily choose, depending on the data structure, the most appropriate technique to analyze their data, from among the many available.
It contains such standard topics as development of research problem, measurement and operationalization of variables, sampling methods, experiments, field research, content analysis, survey research, bivariate and multivariate analysis of nominal, and ordinal variables, bivariate and multiple regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance and covariance, and discriminant analysis. Although the book is intended for social researchers, its approach is so designed that researchers from other fields, such as, medical and biological sciences, public health, business, planning, agriculture, environment and behaviour would find the book useful.
Although some knowledge of basic algebra, geometry, and probability would be of great help, nonmathematically oriented readers can also use the book without difficulty since every technique of data analysis has been illustrated with lucid examples.
Abu Jafar Mohammad Sufian obtained his bachelor and masters in Statistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Ph.D in Social Demography from Michigan State University, U.S.A. He taught in the Department of Statistics, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. His papers have appeared in many professional journals published internationally. He is currently a Professor of Statistics and Operations Research at the University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain.