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Neil McK. Agnew and Sandra W. Pyke

The Science Game: An Introduction to Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Seventh Edition
ISBN 13: 9780195423211

About the Book

The Science Game draws an analogy between science and a news service: scientific researchers/reporters collect, check and analyze messages in order to draw conclusions. Scientific theorists/editors help define target areas of investigation and provide context and interpretation for news stories; they show us how the news fits into the big picture and tell us what it means. This analogy helps students to identify sources of variance in a report, to understand that reporters/researchers may unwittingly slant the new that they report, and to reveal how the preferences of editors/theorists shape which questions are asked and which interpretations are given. This text aims to educate readers so that they become discriminating consumers of science.

  • Science with a sense of humour - quirky and irreverent examples help students retain concepts and terms that are essential to understanding research in the social sciences
  • Suitable for a wide range of disciplines - the authors' practical approach shows how the scientific method can be applied to a wide range of research
  • Cultivates critical thinking - removes students' misconceptions about science and offers a more critical and realistic vision of science
  • Science within its social and cultural contexts - authors examine science in within a broader perspective as a human activity, considered through the lenses of time and culture
  • Reinforced learning - effective summaries, examples, review questions, and a student commentary allow students to test their understanding as they progress through the book
  • Building block approach - earlier chapters provide the grounding needed to understand concepts presented in later chapters
  • Diverse examples, citations - Canadian and international examples and citations as well as the more standard US examples common to books of this type make for a more diverse and encompassing learning experience

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