Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, & Meaning

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This introductory text presents basic principles of social science research through maps, graphs, and diagrams. The authors show how concept maps and mind maps can be used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, using student-friendly examples and classroom-based activities. Integrating theory and practice, chapters show how to use these tools to plan research projects, "see" analysis strategies, and assist in the development and writing of research reports.

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Chapter 1 Visualizing Social Science Research
Theory Definitions and Approaches
Using Concept Maps in Quantitative Social Science Research
Using Mind Maps in Qualitative Research
Theories Models and Measures
Using Maps and Diagrams to Organize Write and Reflect on Research
New Directions in Social Science Research
Example Research Participant Protection Form Checklist
Example of Informed Consent Form

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Johannes Wheeldon is an assistant professor at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He received his B.A. in political science from Dalhousie University, his LLM from Durham University, and his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in 2009. He has focused on the practical application of criminological theory in policing, courts, and corrections and explored how visual maps can assist students to understand the assumptions behind methodological approaches and research traditions. Recent work has appeared in The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Theoretical Criminology, and Canadian Political Science Review. The Open Society Foundation funds his current work on debate, juvenile justice, and international human rights. Other scholarly interests include philosophy of justice, mixed methods, and visual criminology.

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