Controversial Issues in Social Research Methods

  • Jerald Greenberg
  • Robert Folger

Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 21-37
  4. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 39-60
  5. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 61-78
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    Pages 79-93
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    Pages 95-120
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    Pages 121-138
  9. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 139-160
  10. Jerald Greenberg, Robert Folger
    Pages 177-194
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 195-240

About this book


It is often said that one of the key determinants of a book's wmth is the extent to which it fulfills the reader's expectations. As such, we welcome this oppor­ tunity to help formulate the expectations of our readers, to express our view of what this book is and what it is not. We believe that fully appreciating this volume requires understanding its mission and how it differs from that of other books on research methodology. We have not prepared a primer on research techniques. We offer no "how­ to" guides for researchers-nothing on how to conduct interviews, how to design studies, or how to analyze data. We also have not prepared a partisan platform documenting "our way" of thinking about research. Very few, if any, attempts at proselytizing may be found in these pages. What we have done, we believe, is to bring together a number of recurring controversial issues about social psychological research-issues that have divided profes­ sionals, puzzled students, and filled the pages of our journals. Few scholars have missed reports arguing the sides of various methodological contro­ versies, such as those surrounding the merits or shortcomings of field research in comparison to laboratory research, the use of role playing as an alternative for studies involving deception, or the value of informed consent procedures, to name only a few examples. Our aim in preparing this volume has been to organize and summarize the salient aspects of these and other impmtant controversial issues.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Jerald Greenberg
    • 1
  • Robert Folger
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Management and Human ResourcesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.A.B. Freeman School of BusinessTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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