This book offers students practical advice in the development of IT skills and explains the benefits of technology in research and study. In addition, the editors examine the role of technology in society and looks at how the range of new communication technologies may affect not only the process of learning but other areas of social life in the future.
1. Studying and using technology: An Introduction to Communications and Information Technologies (Millsom Henry).
2. Confronting the Social Character of Computers: The Challenges for Social Scientists (Steve Fuller).
3. What, When and How to learn Using Technology Effectively: Transferable Skills for the Social Sciences Student (Kate Bloor).
4. The Computer as a Tool to Aid the Interaction Between Thinking and Essay Writing (Jon Gubbay).
5. Data Sources for Social Scientists (Eric Tanenbaum).
6. Quantitative Research and Information Technology (Duncan Timms).
7. The Theoretical and Practical Applications of IT in Qualitative Analysis (Nigel Fielding).
8. Using Computers in Qualitative Analysis (Mike Fisher).
9. The Use of Computerized Simulations in Social Science Research, Training and Teaching (George H. Conklin).
10. Simulating Social Interaction in a Virtual Reality Setting: Problems and Prospects (Edward Brent).
11. Alone@Campus.Edu? The Interaction of Student and computing Cultures at the University of California at Berkley (Nina Wakeford).
12. Future Directions: IT ad Studying Social and Political Science in the Next Decade (Graham R. Gibbs and Catherine Skinner).