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Understanding Research Methods (Fifth Edition) : An Overview of the Essentials,9781884585647

Understanding Research Methods (Fifth Edition) : An Overview of the Essentials

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5th
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9781884585647

ISBN10:
1884585647
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Pub. Date:
5/1/2005
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Pyrczak Pub
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fifth Edition vii
Part A Introduction to Research Methods
1(28)
Introduction to Empirical Research
3(2)
Experimental vs. Nonexperimental Studies
5(2)
Experimental vs. Causal--Comparative Studies
7(2)
Types of Nonexperimental Research
9(2)
Variables in Nonexperimental Studies
11(2)
Variables in Experimental Studies
13(2)
Research Hypotheses, Purposes, and Questions
15(2)
Operational Definitions of Variables
17(2)
Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: I
19(2)
Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: II
21(2)
Program Evaluation
23(2)
Ethical Considerations in Research
25(2)
The Role of Theory in Research
27(2)
Part B Reviewing Literature
29(14)
Reasons for Reviewing Literature
31(2)
Locating Literature Electronically
33(2)
Organizing a Literature Review
35(2)
Writing a Literature Review
37(4)
Citing References
41(2)
Part C Sampling
43(14)
Biased and Unbiased Sampling
45(2)
Simple Random and Systematic Sampling
47(2)
Stratified Random Sampling
49(2)
Other Methods of Sampling
51(2)
Introduction to Sample Size
53(2)
A Closer Look at Sample Size
55(2)
Part D Measurement
57(26)
Introduction to Validity
59(2)
Judgmental Validity
61(2)
Empirical Validity
63(4)
Judgmental--Empirical Validity
67(4)
Reliability and Its Relationship to Validity
71(4)
Measures of Reliability
75(2)
Norm- and Criterion-Referenced Tests
77(2)
Measures of Optimum Performance
79(2)
Measures of Typical Performance
81(2)
Part E Experimental Design
83(12)
True Experimental Designs
85(2)
Threats to Internal Validity
87(2)
Threats to External Validity
89(2)
Pre-Experimental Designs
91(2)
Quasi-Experimental Designs
93(2)
Part F Understanding Statistics
95(32)
Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
97(2)
Introduction to the Null Hypothesis
99(2)
Scales of Measurement
101(2)
Descriptions of Nominal Data
103(2)
Introduction to the Chi Square Test
105(2)
A Closer Look at the Chi Square Test
107(2)
Shapes of Distributions
109(2)
The Mean, Median, and Mode
111(2)
The Mean and Standard Deviation
113(2)
The Median and Interquartile Range
115(2)
The Pearson Correlation Coefficient
117(2)
The t Test
119(2)
One-Way Analysis of Variance
121(2)
Two-Way Analysis of Variance
123(2)
Practical Significance of Results
125(2)
Part G Effect Size and Meta-Analysis
127(14)
Introduction to Effect Size (d)
129(2)
Interpretation of Effect Size (d)
131(2)
Effect Size and Correlation (r)
133(2)
Introduction to Meta-Analysis
135(2)
Meta-Analysis and Effect Size
137(2)
Meta-Analysis: Strengths and Weaknesses
139(2)
Part H Qualitative Research
141(40)
Sampling in Qualitative Research: I
143(2)
Sampling in Qualitative Research: II
145(2)
Measurement in Qualitative Research: I
147(2)
Measurement in Qualitative Research: II
149(2)
Quality Control in Qualitative Research
151(2)
Grounded Theory for Data Analysis
153(2)
Consensual Qualitative Research: Analysis
155(26)
Appendices
A. Outline of Question Route for a Focus Group Study of Stress
157(2)
B. Excerpts from Literature Reviews
159(4)
C. Electronic Databases for Locating Literature
163(2)
D. Electronic Sources of Statistical Information
165(6)
E. Other Methods of Determining Reliability
171(2)
F. A Closer Look at the Standard Deviation
173(2)
G. A Closer Look at Effect Size
175(2)
Tables
Table of Random Numbers
177(2)
Table of Recommended Sample Sizes
179(2)
Index 181


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