Research Methods Learning to Become a Critical Research Consumer

ISBN-10: 0205271251
ISBN-13: 9780205271252
Edition: 1999
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Description: Research Methods thoroughly covers both quantitative- and qualitative-oriented research. Unlike many texts which begin with an introduction to research and then move directly to how to conduct research, this text develops critical thinking skills  More...

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Book details

List price: $150.40
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 586
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Research Methods thoroughly covers both quantitative- and qualitative-oriented research. Unlike many texts which begin with an introduction to research and then move directly to how to conduct research, this text develops critical thinking skills about research and is designed to produce knowledgeable and informed critical research consumers. Each chapter builds on the information in preceding ones to focus on the importance of research methodology and interpretation rather than many competitors' traditional coverage of statistical calculations and analyses. The thorough and extensive coverage of all research methods combined with a focus on critical thinking makes this text truly unique.

Most chapters include “Objectives,” “Overview,” and “Summary.”
Understanding Research
Thinking Critically About Research
What Is Science and the Scientific Method?
What Are the Purposes of Science?
What Is a Scientific Theory?
What Are the Types of Scientific Logic?
In What Ways Do We Gain Information?
What Are Constraint Levels in Educational and Psychological Research?
What Are the Differences between Basic and Applied Research?
What Is Replication Research?
Critical Issues In Research
Fundamental Issues for Interpreting Research
What Is Variability?
What Is Internal Validity?
What Is External Validity?
What Are Statistical and Social Validities?
Reliability, Validity, and Interobserver Agreement
What Are Reliability and Validity Issues in Quantitative Research?
How Do Researchers Assess the Reliability of Measurement Devices?
How Do Researchers Determine the Validity of Measurement Devices?
What Are Reliability and Validity Issues in Qualitative Research?
What Is Interobserver Agreement?
What Are the Methods of Establishing Interobserver Agreement?
What Are the Factors That Influence Interobserver Agreement?
What Are the Factors to Consider When Assessing Measurement Devices in the Context of a Study?
Quantitative Research Methods
Basic Statistical Concepts and Sampling Procedures
What Are the Scales of Measurement?
What Is a Univariate Frequency Distribution?
How Can We Describe Data Sets?
What Role Do Hypotheses Play in Research?
What Are Parametric and Nonparametric Tests of Statistical Significance?
What Is Statistical Significance?
What Are Type I and Type II Errors and Power?
What Are the Types of Statistical Significance Testing Methods?
What Are the Different Sampling Methods?
What Are the Sampling Decisions Researchers Make?
What Is Sampling Error?
Experimental Designs
What Are True Experimental Designs?
What Are the Most Common True Experimental Designs?
What Are Factorial Experimental Designs?
What Are Quasi-Experimental Designs?
What Are the Common Quasi-Experimental Designs?
What Are Preexperimental Designs?
What Are the Types of Preexperimental Designs?
When Should Researchers Use Each Experimental Research Design?
Sample Article
Causal-Comparative Research
What Is the Causal-Comparative Research Method?
What Should Researchers Consider When Designing a Causal-Comparative Study?
When Should Researchers Use the Causal-Comparative Research Design?
Sample Article
Correlational Research
What Is the Correlational Research Method?
What Are the Issues in Designing a Correlational Study?
When Should Researchers Use the Correlational Research Method?
Sample Article
Qualitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research: Methods
What Are the Characteristics of Qualitative Research?
What Are the Differences between Qualitative and Quantitative Research?
What Are Qualitative Research Procedures?
What Is Understanding in Qualitative Research?
What Are the Evaluative Criteria for Judging the Reliability and Validity of Qualitative Research?
What Are the Types of Triangulation Methods?
Qualitative Research: Data Collection and Designs
What Are Field Oriented Studies?
When Should Researchers Use Each Qualitative Research Design?
Sample Article
Single-Case Research Methods
Withdrawal and Associated Designs
What Are Graphing Methods in Withdrawal Designs?
What Are Withdrawal and Associated Designs?
When Should Researchers Use Each Withdrawal and Associated Design?
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