Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration

Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Government & Law for 2019.

Richard W. Schwester (City University of New York, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 313
ISBN13: 9781466681163|ISBN10: 1466681160|EISBN13: 9781466681170|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8116-3


While there are many ways to collect information, many students have trouble understanding how to employ various research methods effectively. Since everyone learns and processes information differently, instructing students on successfully using these methods continues to be a challenge.

Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration combines empirical research and best practices on various research methods being employed by administrators. Emphasizing theoretical concepts, this publication is an essential reference source for academics, public administration practitioners, and students interested in how information is gathered, processed, and utilized.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Data Analysis
  • Deductive Research
  • Empirical Tools
  • Experimentation
  • Mixed Methods Approaches
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Ethics
  • Surveying

Reviews and Testimonials

Schwester presents students, academics, researchers, and professionals working in a variety of contexts with an examination of empirical research and contemporary best practices in the teaching of research methodology for various kinds of research in the field of public administration. The author has organized the main body of his text in thirteen chapters devoted to the tools of social science research, the deductive research question and literature review, the unit of analysis and variables, and a wide variety of other related subjects.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Richard W. Schwester is an Associate Professor of public management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (CUNY). He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA and PhD from Rutgers University. His research centers on the use of technology in government, inter-local shared services, and police and emergency service delivery models. Professor Schwester’s teaching responsibilities primarily include graduate-level courses in research methods, program evaluation, and public policy analysis. Professor Schwester has done consulting work for the states of New York and New Jersey, and has authored or co-authored 35 scholarly publications. Some of his more recent work appears in the Journal of Housing Research, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Administration Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, International Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Procurement, and the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. Professor Schwester is the co-author of Public Administration: An Introduction (2nd edition in press, 1st edition to be translated into Russian), editor of the Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis, and co-author of Public Administration in a Globalized World: Theories and Practices Between the U.S. and Korea.