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Engaging and cross-disciplinary, Practical Research: Planning and Design is a do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself manual for planning and conducting research. Suitable for a wide variety of courses in basic research methodology, the text guides the reader, step-by-step, from the selection of a problem, through the process of conducting authentic research, to the preparation of a completed report, with practical suggestions throughout. The authors emphasize the idea that quality research demands planning and design, and they provide what is needed for readers to be able to execute their own research projects effectively and professionally.
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Paul D. Leedy is late of the American University.
Jeanne Ellis Ormrod holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. For more than twenty years she was a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, where she taught courses in learning and cognition, educational psychology, measurement, and research methods; she is currently Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at UNC. Dr. Ormrod has published numerous research articles but is probably best known for this book and several other textbooks: Human Learning (7th ed., 2016); Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (8th ed., 2014); Essentials of Educational Psychology (4th ed., 2015); Our Minds, Our Memories: Enhancing Thinking and Learning at All Ages (2011); and Child Development and Education (with Teresa McDevitt; 5th ed., 2013).
PART I THE FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 1 THE NATURE AND TOOLS OF RESEARCH
PART II FOCUSING YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS
Chapter 2 THE PROBLEM: THE HEART OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS
Chapter 3 REVIEW OF THE RELATED LITERATURE
Chapter 4 PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT
Chapter 5 WRITING THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
PART III QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
Chapter 6 DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH
Chapter 7 EXPERIMENTAL, QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL, AND EX POST FACTO DESIGNS
Chapter 8 ANALYZING QUANTITATIVE DATA
PART IV QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Chapter 9 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
Chapter 10 HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Chapter 11 ANALYZING QUALITATIVE DATA
PART V MIXED-METHODS RESEARCH
Chapter 12 MIXED-METHODS DESIGNS
PART VI RESEARCH REPORTS
Chapter 13 PLANNING AND PREPARING A FINAL RESEARCH REPORT
Appendix A USING A SPREADSHEET: MICROSOFT EXCELAppendix B USING SPSS