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  • Evaluating Research in Communication Disorders
    Evaluating Research in Communication Disorders
  • Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders
    Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders
  • Evaluating Research In Communicative Disorders
    Evaluating Research In Communicative Disorders

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Excellent guide to research  August 8, 2011

This textbook is excellent for technical writing. It is very helpful showing the students how best to evaluate the research that is presented in this field. The text goes through each part of a journal article, telling you about what should be in each, and gives lots of examples. The book arrived as described and in a very timely manner. Thanks! Would do business with again.

Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


A carefully organized and engaging comprehensive guide to analyzing research articles.

Extensively revised and updated in its sixth edition, Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders teaches both students and practitioners to read, understand, and evaluate research published in communicative sciences and disorders journals. With an emphasis on scientific principals and scientific inquiry, this richly illustrated and interactive text provides a solid foundation for clinical practice for all levels of readers by linking research information on treatment efficacy to direct clinical applications.

The sixth edition of Evaluating Research in Communicative Disorders has been reorganized to reflect the structure typically found in a research articles. Accompanied by helpful tables and figures, each chapter begins with an outline and concludes with a list of key terms and a newly developed set of study questions.

Author Biography

Robert F. Orlikoff, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at West Virginia University. He has extensive experience as a researcher, clinician, and educator and has served as an associate editor and reviewer for several journals in communicative sciences and disorders.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Research and Practice in Communicative Disordersp. 1
Knowledge Acquisitionp. 2
The Scientific Methodp. 4
Scientific Theoryp. 5
The Conduct of Scientific Researchp. 6
The Nature of Research in Communicative Disordersp. 9
Evidence-Based Practicep. 10
Research-Practice Relationshipsp. 11
The Editorial Process in the Publication of a Research Articlep. 14
The Challenge of Cyberspacep. 16
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Information Sourcesp. 17
The Knowledge Base of the Readerp. 19
Key Termsp. 20
Study Questionsp. 20
Referencesp. 22
The Introduction Section of the Research Articlep. 25
The Nature of Technical Writingp. 25
Components of the Introductionp. 28
General Statement of the Problemp. 28
The Rationale for the Studyp. 31
Review of the Literaturep. 38
Research Questions and Hypothesesp. 43
Limitations of the Studyp. 50
Example: Introduction to a Research Studyp. 50
Key Termsp. 53
Study Questionsp. 53
Referencesp. 55
Evaluation Checklist: Introduction Sectionp. 56
Research Strategies in Communicative Disordersp. 57
Quantitative Researchp. 58
Variables in Empirical Researchp. 58
Experimental Researchp. 65
Descriptive Researchp. 75
Combined Experimental and Descriptive Researchp. 84
The Title of a Quantitative Research Articlep. 88
Qualitative Researchp. 90
Types of Qualitative Researchp. 92
The Title of a Qualitative Research Articlep. 98
Mixed-Methods Researchp. 99
Key Termsp. 101
Study Questionsp. 102
Referencesp. 104
Evaluation Checklist: The Titlep. 110
Research Design in Communicative Disordersp. 111
Quantitative Research Designp. 112
Group Research Designsp. 112
Single-Subject Research Designsp. 121
Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research Designp. 132
Validity Issues in Research Designp. 135
Internal Validityp. 135
External Validityp. 145
Pilot Researchp. 150
Key Termsp. 152
Study Questionsp. 153
Referencesp. 155
The Method Section of the Research Articlep. 158
Components of the Method Sectionp. 158
Subjects (Participants)p. 159
Materialsp. 176
Procedurep. 205
Key Termsp. 222
Study Questionsp. 222
Referencesp. 224
Evaluation Checklist: Method Sectionp. 228
The Results Section of the Research Articlep. 230
Organization of Quantitative Resultsp. 231
Data Distributionsp. 232
Descriptive Statisticsp. 239
Some Characteristics of Clear Data Organizationp. 244
Data Analysisp. 251
The Normal Curve Modelp. 252
Bivariate Descriptive Statisticsp. 254
Statistical Significancep. 257
Correlational Analysisp. 262
Inferential Statisticsp. 276
Data Displayp. 316
Some Characteristics of Clear Data Displayp. 321
Key Termsp. 324
Study Questionsp. 325
Referencesp. 326
Evaluation Checklist: Results Sectionp. 328
The Discussion and Conclusions Section of the Research Articlep. 329
Organization of the Discussion and Conclusions Sectionp. 330
Relationship of the Conclusions to Preceding Parts of the Articlep. 331
Relationship of Results to Previous Researchp. 339
Limitations of the Research Studyp. 341
Implications of the Research Studyp. 343
The Abstract of the Research Articlep. 357
Key Termsp. 360
Study Questionsp. 360
Referencesp. 362
Evaluation Checklist: Discussion and Conclusions Sectionp. 363
Evaluating Treatment Efficacy Researchp. 364
Evidence-Based Practicep. 369
Generalizability of Research Findingsp. 370
Levels of Evidencep. 377
Experimental Designs for Studying Treatment Efficacyp. 381
Pre-Experimental Designsp. 382
Quasi-Experimental Designsp. 384
True Experimental Designsp. 390
Systematic Reviewsp. 400
Key Termsp. 403
Study Questionsp. 404
Referencesp. 406
Complete Evaluation Checklistp. 411
A Compendium of Journals in Communicative Sciences and Disordersp. 416
Proclamation of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Health Councilp. 422
Indexp. 424
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