Reading and Understanding Research

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/6/2009
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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There is virtually no way to complete one's education without encountering a research report. The book that has helped demystify qualitative and quantitative research articles for thousands of readers, from the authors of the best-selling Proposals that Work, has been revised. This edition is completely reorganized to separate quantitative and qualitative research with four new distinct sections (research reports, quantitative research, qualitative research, and research reviews. The authors presume no special background in research, and begin by introducing and framing the notion of reading research within a wider social context. Next they offer insight on when to seek out research, locating and selecting the right reports, and how to help evaluate research for trustworthiness. This book is ideal for a novice researcher (and those that teach them!).Features and Benefits:A comprehensive guide that leads readers through the research process, discussing what types of sources exist, what to look for in each one, levels of credibility, and how to stay organized during the process.Complete coverage of the types of research that exist.Four fully-updated appendices that offer a bibliography of references for the reader's "next steps," detailed examples (with flowcharts) of completed twelve-step forms, a list of questions to ask when critically evaluating a report, and a brief overview of statistics.New to this edition:This edition has been completely reorganized so that the information on quantitative and qualitative research is separate.This edition has four sections (i.e., research reports, quantitative research, qualitative research, and research reviews), each with a specific focus and a total of thirteen chapters.The first chapter now is focused on the positive things readers can get from research and the old chapter 1 is now the third chapter.Incorporated Appendix C from the second edition (examples of 12-step forms) into the appropriate chapters in the body of the text.Updated and expanded references and citations throughout the book.Updated information throughout the book where information has changed.For those that did not change from the first to the second edition, replaced the articles that serve as examples of the different types of research in chapters 6, 10, and 13. These new examples also cover a broader range of academic topics than in previous editions.Updated the annotated bibliography in Appendix A.

Table of Contents

The Nature and Uses of Research Reports
The Research Report
When to Believe What You Read: The Sources of Credibility
How to Select and Read Research Reports
The Use, Misuse, and Misunderstanding of Research
Types of Research: An Overview of Variety
Quantitative Research
Quantitative Research Designs
Staying Organized When Reading a Quantitative Report
Explaining as a Tool for Learning to Read Reports
Reading Reports of Quantitative Research-Critically: Things to Notice and Questions to Ask
Qualitative Research
The Paradigms for Qualitative Research
Staying Organized When Reading a Qualitative Report
Reading Reports of Qualitative Research-Critically: Things the Reader Should Expect
Reading Research Reviews
Staying Organized When Reading Research Reviews
Annotated Bibliography of Supplementary References
Statistics: A Beginner's Guide
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Authors
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