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Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills
A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

James Jaccard and Jacob Jacoby

391 Pages
Size: 7" x 10"
December 2009
ISBN 978-1-60623-339-9
Cat. #3339
Price: $45.00 $38.25
December 2009
ISBN 978-1-60623-340-5
Cat. #3340
Price: $90.00 $76.50
March 2011
ISBN 978-1-60623-398-6
PDF format
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Meeting a crucial need for graduate students and newly minted researchers, this innovative text provides hands-on tools for generating ideas and translating them into formal theories. It is illustrated with numerous practical examples drawn from multiple social science disciplines and research settings. The authors offer clear guidance for defining constructs, thinking through relationships and processes that link constructs, and deriving new theoretical models (or building on existing ones) based on those relationships. Step by step, they show readers how to use causal analysis, mathematical modeling, simulations, and grounded and emergent approaches to theory construction. A chapter on writing about theories contains invaluable advice on crafting effective papers and grant applications.

Useful pedagogical features in every chapter include:
  • Application exercises and concept exercises.
  • Lists of key terms and engaging topical boxes.
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading.

This title is part of the Methodology in the Social Sciences Series, edited by Todd D. Little, PhD.

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