Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications.pdf

Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications.pdf


"This is one of the few books of this type that writes FOR the students and not for the professor. Beginning students can get this material, and advanced students will find it a great review source." -- Cheryl L. Ramey "I have reviewed many texts over the years and this one does the best job at integrating methods and statistics within each chapter." -- Jeffrey W. Grimm, PhD "The explanations of statistical approaches are clear and the applicability of these approaches is well articulated. This text addresses the basic question of 'but why do it this way' extraordinarily well." -- Bonita G. Cade, PhD, JD "I feel like I'm constantly telling my students that learning research methods and statistics is not a linear process; it requires much revisiting of earlier topics. The authors of this text seem to echo that sentiment in their explanation of the scientific method." -- Amanda C. Gingerich "It does appear to provide a good balance of introducing the student to research methods without scaring them away from experimental design." -- Aurora Torres "I like that this text seems to cover the most essential elements of conducting research in a manner that supports the time-line of a student project." -- Laura Spiller "I appreciated the unique way the authors incorporated methods and theory of research with the practical aspects of conducting research, as often highlighted in the Ethical Tips." -- Jennifer Devenport "The biggest strengths were readability, use of examples and explanation of reasoning behind design decisions. There is also some advantage to organize by type of design versus type of statistical method." -- Mary Jo Carnot "This book nicely introduces research and sets the foundation for the later concepts to come." -- Chrislyn E. Randell "I think the text is very comprehensive...the authors cover not only the key research topics, but also include a thorough presentation of data analysis and interpretation. I also like the way the authors are addressing the topic of writing research papers in APA format and style. They have embedded "Writing in APA Format" examples and application exercises within the chapters. Students gain valuable experience writing results and discussion sections for studies using the different research designs covered in these chapters." -- Patricia C. Heindel, PhD "I think the text is a solid presentation of the material." -- Darryl Mayeaux

Kathrynn (Kathy) A. Adams earned her PhD in general experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in 1977. She is a Charles A. Dana professor of psychology at Guilford College, where she has taught since 1980. Her professional interests include gender issues, relationships, and teaching pedagogy. She has worked with the Preparing Future Faculty Program since the mid-1990s and helped establish the Early College at Guilford, a nationally ranked high school. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, jogs, practices yoga, and bakes chocolate desserts. Eva K. Lawrence earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She is an associate professor at Guilford College, where she has taught since 2003. Her research interests include environmental psychology, computer-mediated communication, and teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and bike riding; she also loves to listen to live music.

1. Thinking Like a Researcher 2. Build a Solid Foundation for Your Study by Finding and Evaluating Past Research 3. The Cornerstones of Good Research: Reliability and Validity 4. Designing a Descriptive Study 5. Describing Your Sample 6. Beyond Descriptives: Making Inferences Based on Your Sample 7. Analysis 8. Examining Causal Relationships Among Your Variables: Introduction to Experimental Design 9. Independent-Groups Designs 10. Dependent-Groups Designs 11. Factorial Designs 12. Nonparametric Statistics 13. Focusing on the Individual: Case Studies and Single N Designs 14. How to Decide?: Choosing a Research Design and Selecting the Correct Analysis Appendix A - Answers to Practice Questions Appendix B - APA Style and Format Guidelines Appendix C - Statistical Tables Appendix D - Statistical Formulas

One of the greatest strengths of this text is the consistent integration of research methods and statistics so that students can better understand how the research process requires the combination of these elements. The end goal is to spark students' interest in conducting research and to increase their ability to critically analyze it.


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