This second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to form a truly comprehensive, practical guide to research methods and statistical analysis.
The text retains the successful student-centred approach, assuming no background knowledge. Logically and intuitively organised, the book introduces key terms and concepts, progressing through the process of selecting a study and analysing results right through to the final point of preparing a report.
This edition has been extensively revised to offer more detailed coverage - including more depth on topics such as power, meta-analysis, ethics, the literature review, questionnaire design, small sample research, and graphing techniques. Coverage of qualitative methods has been expanded to include more on software tools and IPA.
The book offers a range of support focused on essential concepts, practicalities, and a new feature to highlight important research from the scientific literature. The examples have been increased and updated to help clarify concepts and further support the reader in developing both a conceptual and practical understanding of research and analysis.
The book relates to the most recent version of PASW statistics (previously SPSS).
'A closer look at' and 'Key Issues' boxes enhance student understanding of the main topics
'How to' and 'Practicalities' boxes provide practical advice and tips on particular issues
Checklist boxes highlight the essential points students need to know
Summary reviews recap the topics that have been covered in the chapter, to consolidate understanding and learning
Suggested further readings to help students expand their knowledge and explore topics in more depth
New to This Edition
Greater detail and depth on topics such as observation research, questionnaire design, graphing techniques, ethics, validity procedures, IPA, critical evaluation of literature, history of tests, scale construction and internal reliability, small sample research and power / power analysis
Greater depth on qualitative methods and more information on software tools and IPA
Increased and updated examples to help clarify concepts and further support the reader in developing both a conceptual and practical understanding of research and analysis.
Pedagogical approach to help highlight the link between published research and each research process and encourage critical thinking on psychological constructs
Table of Contents
1. Introducing research
2. The nature of research design
3. Experimental research designs
4. Correlational and regression designs
5. The essentials of carrying out research - the participants
6. Ethics and research
7. Using questionnaires in research
8. Tables, figures snd descriptive statistics
9. Introducing SPSS
10. Introducing inferential statistics and tests of differences