For undergraduate or graduate courses that include planning, conducting, and evaluating research.
A "do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself” manual designed to help students understand the fundamental structure of research and the methodical process that leads to valid, reliable results.
Written in uncommonly engaging and elegant prose, this text guides the reader, step-by-step, from the selection of a problem, through the process of conducting authentic research, to the preparation of a completed report, with practical suggestions based on a solid theoretical framework and sound pedagogy. Suitable as the core text in any introductory research course or even for self-instruction, this text will show students two things: 1) that quality research demands planning and design; and, 2) how their own research projects can be executed effectively and professionally.
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Practical Research: Planning and Design 10/E is a broad-spectrum, cross-disciplinary book suitable for a wide variety of courses in basic research methodology. The book guides students from problem selection to completed research report with many concrete examples and practical, how-to suggestions. Essentially, this is a do-it-yourself, understand-it-yourself manual. From that standpoint, it can be a guide for students who are left partly or largely to their own resources in carrying out their research projects.
Key features that facilitate classroom instruction and students’ learning include:
- Engaging, conversational writing style
- Illustrative excerpts from many doctoral dissertations and masters theses
- Numerous Guidelines features (e.g., “Writing to Communicate”)
- Numerous Checklists (e.g., “Evaluating Your Proposed Research Project”)
- New! Conceptual Analysis Exercises to help students understand and apply new concepts (e.g., “Identifying Independent, Dependent, Mediating, and Moderating Variables”)
- Updated Using Technology features that explain how various hardware and software can facilitate all aspects of the research process
New to This Edition
The 10th edition of this text is updated with contemporary approaches to data collection and analysis, including Internet-based research methods, mixed-methods designs, ethical dilemmas resulting from modern technology, and guidelines for presenting and publishing research results.
Significant additions to the text include:
- A new chapter, “The Nature and Tools of Research,” which integrates the ninth edition’s first two chapters (Chapter 1).
- A new chapter, “Mixed-Methods Research” (Chapter 10).
- Conceptual Analysis Exercises, in which readers can apply chapter content to new situations and scenarios.
Other additions and revisions include:
- common pitfalls in reasoning (Figure 1.3).
- an extended discussion of independent, dependent, mediating, and moderating variables (Chapter 2).
- discussion of contemporary library resources (Chapter 3, Tables 3.1 and 3.3).
- a significantly expanded discussion of research ethics and a Checklist for determining whether a study is ethically defensible (Chapter 4).
- examples of APA style consistent with the sixth edition of APA’s Publication Manual (2010; Chapter 5).
- a summary of common weaknesses in research proposals (Figure 5.3).
- an expanded discussion of sampling in qualitative research (Chapter 6).
- consideration of comparative-historical research as a methodology in the social sciences (Chapter 7).
- mediating and moderating variables within the context of longitudinal designs (Chapter 8).
- Campbell and Stanley’s (1963) classic list of threats to internal validity (Figure 9.1).
- guidelines for conducting experimental studies on the Internet (Chapter 9).
- a checklist to guide an evaluation of confounding variables (Chapter 9).
- inferential statistical procedures (Table 11.5).
- a description of NCEs, an increasingly common form of standard score (Chapter 11).
- how to write abstracts and use tables and figures to present research findings (Chapter 12).
- an explanation of digital object identifiers (DOIs; Chapter 12).
- a section on academic integrity (Chapter 12).
- guidelines for presenting posters and papers at a conference (Chapter 12).
- updated discussions of Microsoft Excel (Appendix A) and SPSS (Appendix B) to be consistent with recent changes in these software packages.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 1. The Nature and Tools of Research
PART II: FOCUSING YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS
Chapter 2. The problem: the Heart of the Research Process
Chapter 3. Review of the Related Literature
Chapter 4. Planning Your Research Project
Chapter 5. Writing the Research Proposal
PART III: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Chapter 6. Qualitative Research
Chapter 7. Historical Research
PART IV: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
Chapter 8. Descriptive Research
Chapter 9. Experimental, Quasi-Experimental, and Ex Post Facto Designs
Chapter 10. Mixed-Methods Research
Chapter 11. Strategies for Analyzing Quantitative Data
PART V: PREPARING THE RESEARCH REPORT
Chapter 12. Technical Details: Style, Format, and Organization of the Research Report
Appendix A. Using a Spreadsheet: Microsoft Excel
Appendix B. Using SPSS
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About the Author(s)
Paul D. Leedy is late of the American University.
Jeanne Ellis Ormrod holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. For more than twenty years she was a faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado, where she taught courses in learning and cognition, educational psychology, measurement, and research methods; she is currently Professor Emerita of Psychological Sciences at UNC. Dr. Ormrod has published numerous research articles but is probably best known for this textbook and several other Pearson books: Human Learning (6th ed., 2012); Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (7th ed., 2011); Essentials of Educational Psychology (3rd ed., 2012); Our Minds, Our Memories: Enhancing Thinking and Learning at All Ages (2011); and Child Development and Education (with Teresa McDevitt; 5th ed. in press).
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