9780130831545

Exploring Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130831545

  • ISBN10:

    0130831549

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/1/1999
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

The 6th edition of "Exploring Research" provides an introduction to research methods in a friendly, approachable writing style. It explores the use of electronic sources (the Internet) as a means to enhance research skills; it includes discussions about scientific methods; and it incorporates the most common types of research models in the social and behavioral sciences, including qualitative methods. It provides coverage of the research process, problem selection, sampling and generalizability; a discussion of the measurement process provides a comprehensive resource for those seeking to further their research skills. It also describes how to collect and analyze data, and provides thorough instruction on how to prepare and write a research proposal and manuscript. Principles of data analysis are exemplified using SPSS 13.x. An excellent handbook for those in the social, behavioral, and health science fields.

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
The Role and Importance of Research
1(18)
The Research Process: Coming to Terms
19(28)
Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research
47(38)
Sampling and Generalizability
85(14)
Measurement, Reliability, and Validity
99(22)
Methods of Measuring Behavior
121(22)
Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics
143(22)
Introducing Inferential Statistics
165(20)
Nonexperimental Research Methods
185(28)
Experimental Research Methods
213(16)
Quasi-Experimental Research: A Close Cousin to Experimental Research
229(8)
Writing a Research Proposal
237(14)
Writing a Research Manuscript
251(22)
Appendix A: An Introduction to SPSS 9.0 273(24)
Appendix B: Sample Data Set 297(6)
Appendix C: Answers to Exercises 303(12)
References 315(4)
Glossary 319(10)
Index 329

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