Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills: A Practical by James Jaccard,Jacob Jacoby

By James Jaccard,Jacob Jacoby

Meeting an important want for graduate scholars and newly minted researchers, this leading edge textual content presents hands-on instruments for producing rules and translating them into formal theories. it truly is illustrated with quite a few sensible examples drawn from a number of social technology disciplines and study settings. The authors provide transparent advice for outlining constructs, considering via relationships and procedures that hyperlink constructs, and deriving new theoretical types (or construction on current ones) according to these relationships. step-by-step, they exhibit readers how you can use causal research, mathematical modeling, simulations, and level-headed and emergent ways to thought building. A bankruptcy on writing approximately theories comprises beneficial recommendation on crafting powerful papers and supply purposes.


Useful pedagogical positive factors in each bankruptcy contain:

*Application workouts and proposal routines.

*Lists of keyword phrases and interesting topical containers.

*Annotated feedback for extra reading.

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