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Process of Research in Psychology

ISBN-10: 1412960789
ISBN-13: 9781412960786
Edition: 2010
Authors: Dawn M. McBride
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Description: Observing Behavior offers a clear description of concepts and skills important for conducting psychological research with clear, simple examples to illustrate these concepts. Author Dawn McBride covers the basic material you would expect to find in  More...

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Book details

List price: $118.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Observing Behavior offers a clear description of concepts and skills important for conducting psychological research with clear, simple examples to illustrate these concepts. Author Dawn McBride covers the basic material you would expect to find in a methods text, but organizes material as chronological steps in designing, conducting, and presenting a psychology research study. The concepts are presented using the special pedagogical approach of spaced repetition throughout the text to present students with various learning opportunities in multiple contexts. Both the organization and pedagogy work together to provide students with a logical scaffolding upon which to build their knowledge. End-of-chapter quizzes, a student website, and a lab manual allow students to test themselves and practice what theyÆve learned.Features and Benefits: Chapter organization mirrors the steps in the research process in the first part of the book and then lays out the details (ônuts and boltsö) of different types of research designs in the second half of the book. This sequencing of information reflects the logical, natural progression of the research process that students will be lead through.+ The spaced repetition of concepts follows a proven memory/learning model that will maximize student retention of important information. Paired with the step-by-step organization, this approach better equips students to build their knowledge systematically.+ Examples and activities employed in each chapter will come from a wide range of psychological settings, giving students a useful overview of real research being done in the field.+ End-of-Chapter Quizzes allow students to assess how well theyÆve learned the material and can also be used by instructors as assignments.+ The robust lab manual will provide the perfect supplement for instructors who will also be teaching a lab component with their methods course or would simply like to provide their students with more guidance and practice in conducting their own research project.+ A student website allows students to test their knowledge, explore additional resources for deeper learning, and practice what theyÆve learned.Another version of the book will be available with Student Version SPSS 17.0Unique Features of McBride Methods Text''''''''(1) Step-by-step''Approach ''''ááááááááááá steps of research process emphasized in each chapter''''ò''chapters ordered according to steps in developing research study to help''students for courses where the development of a research study is required ''''ò''exception is ônuts and boltsö chapters placed at the end that can be inserted''in any order after CH 3 to allow instructors flexibility in how they cover''different research design types''''''''(2) Thinking About''Research section with each chapter''''òásummarizes''recent, published research studies to give students more practice reading short''research reports and think about the information contained in the reports''''ò''answers to questions will be provided in an instructor website''''''''(3) Separation of techniques''of data collection (i.e., observation techniques) and research design types''''òáthis''distinction will help students understand the difference between a technique''for observing and measuring behavior and a research design used to answer''specific types of research questions (I find that students typically have''difficulty with this)''''òáemphasizes''both that all observation techniques can be used in any research design and''

Dawn M. McBride (PhD, cognitive psychology, University of California, Irvine) is a professor of psychology at Illinois State University. Her research interests include automatic forms of memory, false memory, prospective memory, and forgetting. She has taught courses in introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, cognition and learning, human memory, and a graduate course in experimental design. McBride is a recipient of the Illinois State University Teaching Initiative Award.

Acknowledgments
Overview of the Research Process From Start to Finish
Psychological Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method
Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From
How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Observation Techniques and Research Designs
Types of Variables
Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
Sampling
Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics
Reporting Research
The Nuts and Bolts of Research Methods and Analysis
The Nuts and Bolts of Survey Research
The Nuts and Bolts of Correlational Studies
The Nuts and Bolts of Experiments
The Nuts and Bolts of Quasi-Experiments
The Nuts and Bolts of Other Specialized Designs
The Nuts and Bolts of Using Statistics
Appendix: Statistical Calculations
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author

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