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Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences (Qualitative Research Methods) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Robert A. Stebbins, FRSC, is Faculty Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of Minnesota. Author of 30 books and monographs as well as over 150 articles and chapters in several areas of social science, his most recent works include: New Directions in the Theory and Research of Serious Leisure (Edwin Mellen, 2001), Exploratory Research in the Social Sciences (Sage, 2001), and The Organizational Basis of Leisure Participation: A Motivational Exploration (Venture Publications, 2002). Between Work and Leisure (Transaction Publishers) appeared in 2004 and Challenging Mountain Nature (Detselig), a study of three mountain hobbyist sports, will be published in fall, 2005. He is presently writing for Indiana University Press (with David Horton Smith and Michael Dover) A Dictionary of Nonprofit Terms and Concepts. Stebbins was elected Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 1996 and, in 1999, elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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  • Series: Qualitative Research Methods (Book 48)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (May 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761923993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761923992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Robert O. Briggs on April 20, 2011
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In sixty short pages packed with career-changing insights, Stebbins lays out the goals, products, standards of rigor, and criteria for contributions-to-knowledge for exploratory research. It turns out that much of the the exciting exploratory work in my field is being published as bad theoreitcal work and worse experimental work. It is a revelation and a relief to learn that the same work could be conducted and published as robust, defensible, valuable exploratory science.

Since I encountered it a few months ago, I've recommended this book to all my colleauges and graduate students, and I have added it to my must-read list for scientific inquiry, along with Popper's "The Logic of Scientific Discovery," and Sadish, Cook, and Campbell's "Experimental and Quasiexperimental designs for Generalized Causal Inference."
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I definitely agree with the previous reviewer: this is an amazing book. I've spent far too much time apologizing for the fact that my research can be categorized as exploratory If I get tenure, I want to start a journal called Exploratory Studies in Education. People like me would write for it and experimental researchers would read it to get ideas.
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