9780130983527

Exploring Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130983527

  • ISBN10:

    0130983527

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2003
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

The fifth edition of Exploring Research provides an introduction to research methods in a friendly, approachable writing style. The book explores the use of electronic sources as means to enhance research skills, includes discussions about scientific methods, and the most common types of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Coverage of the research process, problem selection, sampling and generalizability, and the measurement process provides an exhaustive resource for readers seeking to further their research skills. The book 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 the SR latest version of SPSS. The volume addresses the role and importance of research, the research process, sampling and generalizability, measurement, reliability, and validity, methods of measuring behavior, data collection and descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, nonexperimental research methods, quasi-experimental research methods and writing a research proposal and manuscript. For individuals in business, social work, political science, education and psychology fields that require research.

Table of Contents

Preface xxi
The Role and Importance of Research
1(20)
The Research Process: Coming to Terms
21(18)
Selecting a Problem and Reviewing the Research
39(46)
Sampling and Generalizability
85(16)
Measurement, Reliability, and Validity
101(24)
Methods of Measuring Behavior
125(22)
Data Collection and Descriptive Statistics
147(20)
Introducing Inferential Statistics
167(20)
Nonexperimental Research: Descriptive and Correlational Methods
187(20)
Nonexperimental Research: Qualitative Methods
207(16)
Pre- and True Experimental Research Methods
223(16)
Quasi-Experimental Research: A Close Cousin to Experimental Research
239(8)
Writing a Research Proposal
247(12)
Writing A Research Manuscript
259(24)
Appendix A: An Introduction to SPSS 11.x
Appendix B: Sample Data Set 283(6)
Appendix C: Answers to Exercises 289(10)
References 299(4)
Glossary 303(10)
Index 313

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