Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials, 10th Edition Front Cover

Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials, 10th Edition

  • Length: 352 pages
  • Edition: 10
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2017-07-14
  • ISBN-10: 0415790530
  • ISBN-13: 9780415790536
  • Sales Rank: #6424211 (See Top 100 Books)

A perennial bestseller since 1997, this updated tenth edition of Understanding Research Methods provides a detailed overview of all the important concepts traditionally covered in a research methods class. It covers the principles of both qualitative and quantitative research, and how to interpret statistics without computations, so is suitable for all students regardless of their math background. The book is organized so that each concept is treated independently and can be used in any order without resulting in gaps in knowledge―allowing it to be easily and precisely adapted to any course.

It uses lively examples on contemporary topics to stimulate students’ interest, and engages them by showing the relevance of research methods to their everyday lives. Numerous case studies and end-of-section exercises help students master the material and encourage classroom discussion.

The text is divided into short, independent topic sections, making it easy for you to adapt the material to your own teaching needs and customize assignments to the aspect of qualitative or quantitative methods under study―helping to improve students’ comprehension and retention of difficult concepts. Additional online PowerPoint slides and test bank questions make this a complete resource for introducing students to research methods.

New to this edition:

  • New topic section on design decisions in research
  • Additional material on production of knowledge and research methods
  • Significant development of material on ethical considerations in research
  • Fresh and contemporary examples from a wide variety of real, published research
  • Topic-specific exercises at the end of each section now include suggestions for further steps researchers can take as they build their research project.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction To Research Methods
Topic 1 Knowledge And Research Methods
Topic 2 Empirical Research
Topic 3 The Role Of Theory In Research
Topic 4 Experimental And Nonexperimental Studies
Topic 5 Causal-Comparative Studies
Topic 6 Types Of Nonexperimental Research
Topic 7 Quantitative And Qualitative Research: Key Differences
Topic 8 Quantitative And Qualitative Research Decisions
Topic 9 Program Evaluation
Topic 10 The Development Of Ethical Research Standards
Topic 11 Ethical Principles In Research

Part 2 Reviewing And Citing Literature
Topic 12 Why Researchers Review Literature
Topic 13 Locating Literature In Electronic Databases
Topic 14 Structuring The Literature Review
Topic 15 Connecting The Literature To Your Study
Topic 16 Preparing To Write A Critical Review
Topic 17 Creating A Synthesis
Topic 18 Why Academics Use Citation
Topic 19 Introduction To Style Guides

Part 3 Basic Concepts In Quantitative Research
Topic 20 Decisions In Quantitative Research Design
Topic 21 Variables In Nonexperimental Studies
Topic 22 Variables In Experimental Studies
Topic 23 Operational Definitions Of Variables
Topic 24 Research Hypotheses, Purposes, And Questions

Part 4 Sampling
Topic 25 Biased And Unbiased Sampling
Topic 26 Simple Random And Systematic Samplingas
Topic 27 Stratified Random Sampling
Topic 28 Cluster Sampling
Topic 29 Nonprobability Sampling And Qualitative Research
Topic 30 Sampling And Demographics
Topic 31 Sample Composition And Bias
Topic 32 Sample Size In Quantitative Studies
Topic 33 Sample Size And Diversity In Qualitative Research
Topic 34 Sampling In The Modern World

Part 5 Measurement
Topic 35 Introduction To Validity
Topic 36 Judgmental Validity
Topic 37 Empirical Validity
Topic 38 Judgmental-Empirical Validity
Topic 39 Reliability And Its Relationship To Validity
Topic 40 Measures Of Reliability
Topic 41 Internal Consistency And Reliability
Topic 42 Norm- And Criterion-Referenced Tests
Topic 43 Measures Of Optimum Performance
Topic 44 Measures Of Typical Performance
Topic 45 Measurement In Qualitative Research

Part 6 Qualitative Research Design
Topic 46. Interviews In Qualitative Research
Topic 47. Other Methods For Collecting Qualitative Data
Topic 48. Grounded Theory And Research Design
Topic 49. Consensual Qualitative Research Design
Topic 50. Designing Case Study Research
Topic 51. Mixed Methods Designs

Part 7 Designing Experimental Research
Topic 52 True Experimental Designs
Topic 53 Threats To Internal Validity
Topic 54 Threats To External Validity
Topic 55 Pre-Experimental Designs
Topic 56 Quasi-Experimental Designs
Topic 57 Confounding In Experiments
Topic 46 Interviews In Qualitative Research
Topic 47 Other Methods For Collecting Qualitative Data
Topic 48 Grounded Theory And Research Design
Topic 49 Consensual Qualitative Research Design
Topic 50 Designing Case Study Research
Topic 51 Mixed Methods Designs

Part 8 Analyzing Data: Understanding Statistics
Topic 58 Descriptive And Inferential Statistics
Topic 59 Scales Of Measurement Andstatistical Tests
Topic 60 Descriptions Of Nominal Data
Topic 61 Shapes Of Distributions
Topic 62 The Mean, Median, And Mode
Topic 63 The Mean And Standard Deviation
Topic 64 The Median And Interquartile Range
Topic 65 Understanding Probability In Inferential Statistics
Topic 66 Introduction To The Null Hypothesis
Topic 67 The Pearson Correlation Coefficient (R)
Topic 68 The T-Test
Topic 69 One-Way Analysis Of Variance (F)
Topic 70 Two-Way Analysis Of Variance
Topic 71 Introduction To The Chi-Square Test (Χ2)What
Topic 72 The Bivariate Chi-Square Test (Χ2) And Types Of Error
Topic 73 Regression Basics
Topic 74 Practical Significance Of Results

Part 9 Effect Size And Meta-Analysis
Topic 75 Introduction To Effect Size (D)
Topic 76 Interpretation Of Effect Size (D)
Topic 77 Effect Size And Correlation (R)
Topic 78 Introduction To Meta-Analysis
Topic 79 Meta-Analysis And Effect Size
Topic 80 Meta-Analysis: Strengths And Weaknesses

Part 10 Preparing Research Reports
Topic 81 The Structure Of A Research Report
Topic 82 Writing Abstracts
Topic 83 Introduction And Literature Review
Topic 84 Describing Participants
Topic 85 Describing Measures
Topic 86 Reporting Research Results
Topic 87 Writing The Discussion
Topic 88 Preparing Theses And Dissertations

Appendix A Electronic Databases For Locating Literature
Appendix B Electronic Sources Of Statistical Information
Appendix C Excerpts From Literature Reviews
Appendix D Sample Abstracts Of Research Reports
Appendix E An Introduction To Apa Style
Appendix F An Introduction To Asa Style

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