Social Research

Fourth edition

by Sotirios Sarantakos


This workbook is written for the readers of the fourth edition of Social Researchwho wish to explore further the various issues covered in the text. In its seventeen chapters - matching those of Social Research - the workbook offers useful guidance and assistance which help to consolidate the skills and knowledge offered in each chapter. Most of all, this workbook contains several techniques of testing the outcome of your reading, and to guide you to the next step of your study. Acceptable test results will indicate that you are ready to continue with your reading; otherwise a revision of the chapter will be advisable.

The chapters contain nine sections; these are: contents, educational objectives, points to remember, short-answer questions, true/false questions, fill-in questions, multiple-choice questions, practical exercises and answers to the questions.
  • The list of contents offers an overview of the issues addressed in the chapter and outlines the boundaries within which the discussion will focus. This tells you what you will be dealing with in this chapter, helping you this way to focus your attention on the correct points.
  • The educational objectives spell out in general terms the goals of your learning and the expected outcomes of your study in each chapter.
  • The list of the points to remember gives a brief but comprehensive summary of the main issues considered in each chapter. This list offers a condensed overview of the main points introduced in each chapter, and helps you to highlight the new knowledge in point form, and to keep it alive in your memory.
  • Short-answer questions address the central issues of the chapter and help you to review its material, encouraging you to address issues in your own words, allowing freedom of expression and individual response to the issues in question.
  • True-false questions are more specific in their focus and encourage personal choice and decision-making when answering questions.
  • Fill-in questions focus on definitions of the central concepts introduced in the chapter in question.
  • Multiple-choice questions are similar to true/false questions, however they offer four options to choose from when answering the question.
  • Practical exercises provide a forum where you can apply concepts, methods and techniques introduced in each chapter in real situations.
The diversity of the questions introduced in this workbook reflects the diversity of goals entailed in testing. Each test type focuses more or less on specific aspects of learning, for which it is most suitable. Overall, tests address skills, abilities and competencies, as well as other educational attributes such as knowledge, comprehension, analysis, application, synthesis and evaluation. Knowledge refers mainly to memorising, defining, describing, identifying, recognising and recalling facts, concepts, theories, etc. Comprehension reflects the ability to translate, integrate and extrapolate. Analysis relates to identifying, categorising, comparing, discriminating and recognising set elements. Application is the ability to use new knowledge in practical situations, and to focus on constructing, developing, planning, applying, building and solving. Synthesis involves combining and integrating elements with the purpose of creating, developing and explaining, as well as formulating and proposing plans and solutions. Evaluation is the ability to make judgements, that is, to decide, to appraise and to critically assess.

I am sure that you will find your way through this workbook, I hope that you will find it useful and helpful and also enjoyable to read, and wish you good luck with your studies.

Sotirios Sarantakos