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Understanding Research : Becoming a Competent and Critical Consumer

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9780131198449

ISBN10:
0131198440
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Pub. Date:
2/17/2005
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Pearson
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Understanding Research: Becoming A Compotent and Critical Consumer, first edition, teaches students how to read research articles and can be used as a core text in an introduction to educational research course or any course that focuses on teaching students how to read research articles. It can also be used as a supplementary text in courses that cover both producing and consuming research. This is the only text available that focuses primarily on teaching students how to read research articles.

Table of Contents

What Is Research and Why Should You Care?
2(16)
Research in the Social Sciences
5(4)
What Is It?
5(1)
Why Is It Important?
5(2)
Where Do I Find It?
7(2)
Two Views of the World: Quantitative and Qualitative
9(3)
Deciphering a Research Report: Parts of the Whole
12(2)
The Skeptical Mindset
14(2)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
16(1)
Answer for Reflective Exercise
17(1)
What Is the Question and Why Is It Important? Evaluating the Introduction of a Research Report
18(30)
Introducing the Introduction
20(1)
What to Look for in the Introduction
21(2)
Evaluating the Introduction
23(6)
Evaluating the Context and Significance
23(3)
Evaluating the Literature Review
26(2)
Evaluating the Objectives of the Study
28(1)
Identifying the Research Strategy: Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed Methods
29(1)
Special Considerations in Quantitative Studies
29(6)
Linear Approach
30(1)
Evaluating the Context and Significance
31(1)
Evaluating the Literature Review
31(1)
Evaluating the Objectives of the Study
32(3)
Special Considerations in Qualitative Studies
35(4)
Holistic versus Linear
35(1)
Evaluating the Context and Significance
36(1)
Evaluating the Literature Review
37(1)
Evaluating the Research Questions
38(1)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
39(1)
An Exercise for Review
40(8)
Template for Evaluating the Introduction
41(1)
Selected Content for Evaluation
41(5)
Examples of Evaluation
46(2)
Who Answered the Question? Evaluating the Participant Sample
48(28)
Primary Topics in the Method Section
50(1)
Definitions
51(3)
Target Population
51(1)
Research Sample
52(1)
Accessible Population
52(1)
Inanimate Research Sample
52(2)
The First Question
54(1)
What Do You Need to Know?
55(1)
Evaluation Tool One: What Is the Target Population?
55(1)
Evaluation Tool Two: Who Participated in the Study?
56(2)
Evaluation Tool Three: Where Were the Participants?
58(1)
Evaluation Tool Four: When Were the Data Gathered?
58(1)
Evaluation Tool Five: How Was the Sample Selected?
59(9)
Lower-Risk Sampling Procedures
61(3)
Higher-Risk Sampling Procedures
64(4)
Evaluation Tool Six: Why Was This Sample Selected?
68(1)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
69(1)
An Exercise for Review
70(3)
Template for Evaluating the Participants
71(1)
Selected Content for Evaluation
71(1)
Example of Evaluation
72(1)
Answers for Reflective Exercises
73(3)
Could They Answer the Question? Evaluating the Procedures and Instrumentation
76(24)
Research Designs
79(1)
Answering the Key Question
80(1)
Evaluating the Procedures: Sufficient Information?
81(1)
Evaluating the Procedures: Appropriate for the Question?
82(1)
Qualitative Procedures
82(8)
Overview of the Approach
82(2)
Evaluating Procedures in a Qualitative Study
84(6)
Evaluating the Instruments
90(4)
Reliability and Validity
91(1)
Qualitative Instruments
91(1)
Quantitative Instruments
92(2)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
94(1)
An Exercise for Review
95(4)
Template for Evaluating Procedures and Instrumentation
95(1)
Selected Content for Evaluation
95(3)
Example of Evaluation
98(1)
Answer for Reflective Exercise
99(1)
What Was the (Simple) Answer, Please? Evaluating the Results Section
100(32)
What to Look for in the Results Section
103(4)
Qualitative Features
104(2)
Quantitative Features
106(1)
Breaking the Code
107(21)
Descriptive Statistics
108(6)
Inferential Statistics
114(14)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
128(2)
An Exercise for Review
130(1)
Answer for Reflective Exercise
131(1)
So, Now What? Evaluating the Discussion Section
132(14)
How Prior Beliefs May Influence Your Evaluation
135(1)
A Rose by Any Other Name: Recognizing Significance
136(4)
Statistical Significance
137(1)
Practical Significance
137(1)
Theoretical Significance
138(2)
Summary of Findings
140(1)
Conclusions
140(1)
Implications of Findings
141(1)
Limitations of the Study
142(1)
Need for Further Research
143(1)
Template for Evaluation
143(1)
Summary and Closing Thoughts
144(2)
Not the Last Chapter
146(31)
One More Thing
147(1)
Before We Leave
148(1)
An Exercise for Review
149(28)
Template for Evaluating the Research Report
149(1)
Selected Content for Evaluation
150(27)
Appendix A Teaching Ethics to Mental Health Practica Students at the Master's Level: A Comparative Study 177(8)
Marty Sapp
Appendix B Segregated Classrooms, Integrated Intent: How One School Responded to the Challenge of Developing Positive Interethnic Relations 185(20)
Rosemary C. Henze
Appendix C Procrastination in College Students: The Role of Self-Efficacy and Anxiety 205(12)
Laurel A. Haycock
Patricia McCarthy
Carol L. Skay
Bibliography 217(2)
Index 219


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