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Research Methods in Africana Studies

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Serie McDougal III

Research Methods in Africana Studies is a major contribution to the discipline of Africana studies and social science involving people of African descent in general. This textbook is the first of its kind, offering instruction on how to conduct culturally relevant critical research on Africana communities in the American context, in addition to the African diaspora. It contains a collection of the most widely used theories and paradigms designed for exploring, explaining, and advancing Africana communities through science. The relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of every major method of data collection are explained as they relate to the lived experiences of the Black world. It stands alone as the only textbook that details empirical methods in the service of the collective advancement of Africana peoples.
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9. Scales and Indexes

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Scales and Indexes

 

Some variables are more complex than others. The researcher has to adjust to the type of variable being measured and its level of complexity. To measure complex variables, the researcher needs to develop more complex measurements. This chapter explains the purposes, strengths, and limitations of scales and indexes. Scales and indexes provide measurements that allow the researcher to capture the full range and array of the dimensions of complex variables.

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