Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

ISBN-10: 0470458038
ISBN-13: 9780470458037
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $185.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/7/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.774
Language: English

A comprehensive introduction to research methods and best practices for designing,conducting, interpreting, and reporting findingsThis text is designed to develop in students a passion for conducting research and an understanding of the practical value of systematic information- gathering and decision-making. It features step-by-step coverage of the research process including research design, statistical considerations, and guidance on writing up and presenting results.Recognized leaders in the field-authors Bart Weathington, Christopher Cunningham, and David Pittenger-present:Introductions to multiple research designs-including single-participant, multi-group, longitudinal, correlational, and experimental designs-accompanied by examplesBibliographic research and methods for appropriate samplingIdentifying, developing, and evaluating reliable and valid approaches to measurementThe issues and steps common to all single-factor and multifactor studies, as well as single-subject and nonexperimental methodsHow to summarize research in writing that conforms to the editorial guidelines of the American Psychological AssociationA comprehensive review of research methods and the statistical concepts that support them, Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences offers the best techniques for studying behavior and social phenomena.

Overview of the Research Process
Research and the Social Sciences
Ethics and Research
The Foundations of Research
An Overview of Empirical Methods
Writing the Research Report
Reviewing the Literature & Forming Hypotheses
Sampling
Creating and Using Tests, Surveys, and Objective Measures
A Model for Research Design
Correlational Research
Between-Subjects Designs
Single Variable Between Subjects Research
Between Subjects Factorial Designs
Correlated Groups Designs
Single-participant Experiments, Longitudinal Studies, and Quasi Experimental Designs
Research with Categorical Data
Qualitative Research
Statistics Behind The Research or What Was I Supposed to Remember from My Statistics Class Anyway?
Statistical Tables
Answers to Knowledge Check Questions
References
Index

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