Research Methods in Psychology, 5th Edition
©2017 |Pearson |
Dennis Howitt, University of Loughborough
Prof Duncan Cramer, University of Loughborough
©2017 |Pearson |
Comprehensive, clear, and practical, Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, fifth edition is the essential student guide to understanding and undertaking quantitative and qualitative research in psychology.
Revised throughout, this new edition includes new chapters on ‘Data Analysis Issues and Scientific Progress' and ‘Improving a Qualitative Write Up’,
This is the ideal guide for students just beginning and those moving on to more advanced research methods projects in psychology.
User-friendly boxed features and illustrations across the book help to bring the subject to life. These include:
· ‘Research Examples’ at the end of every chapter put research methods in a real-world context.
· ‘Key ideas’ are highlighted to help students grasp and revise the main topics and concepts.
· ‘Talking Points’ address some of the controversial issues to critically engage students with the debates in the field.
· Examples of published research with 'how to' advice and guidance on writing up reports, helps students to develop a practical, as well as theoretical, understanding.
· New chapter ‘Data Analysis Issues and scientific progress’ explores complexities in research, discussing issues such as questionable research practices and replication studies.
· New chapter ‘Improving a Qualitative Write Up’ offers advice on how to prepare a high quality qualitative research report and includes an illustrative example of how to write-up a qualitative study.
Guided tour xvii
Part 1 Basics of research 1
1 Role of research in psychology 3
2 Aims and hypotheses in research 27
3 Variables, concepts and measures 45
4 Problems of generalisation and decision-making in research: Chance findings
and sample size 63
5 Research reports: The total picture 85
6 Improving a quantitative write-up 115
7 Literature search 136
8 Ethics and data management in research 162
Part 2 Quantitative research methods 183
9 Basic laboratory experiments 185
10 Advanced experimental designs 213
11 Cross-sectional or correlational research: Non-manipulation studies 234
12 Longitudinal studies 250
13 Sampling and population surveys 265
14 Data analysis issues and scientific progress 283
Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement 307
15 Psychological tests: Their use and construction 309
16 Reliability and validity: Evaluating the value of tests and measures 329
17 Coding data 346
Part 4 Qualitative research methods 359
18 Why qualitative research? 361
19 Qualitative data collection 374
20 Transcribing language data: Jefferson system 387
21 Thematic analysis 396
22 Grounded theory 411
23 Discourse analysis 428
24 Conversation analysis 441
25 Interpretative phenomenological analysis 453
26 Evaluating qualitative research 471
27 Improving a qualitative write-up 482
Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses 501
28 Developing ideas for research 503
References 530Index 541
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Dennis Howitt and Duncan Cramer are with Loughborough University.
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