Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry eBook (9e) : 9780135789414

Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry eBook (9e)

Graziano,A et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in research methods and research methods in political science.

Programmatic approach to psychology research methodologies

Research Methods: A Process of Inquiry is a comprehensive research methodology text that is carefully constructed to introduce important topics in a systematic, conceptually relevant way. Complex concepts such as validity, operational definitions, and statistical inference are introduced early in the text, but only to the degree needed at that point — they are then expanded later in the text. This approach creates a coherent model that makes complex material more accessible for students. The 9th Edition has been heavily updated, including coverage of new topics, updated examples and references, and more.

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Table of contents
  • 1. Curiosity, Creativity, and Commitment
  • 2. Research Is a Process of Inquiry
  • 3. The Starting Point: Asking Questions
  • 4. Data and the Nature of Measurement
  • 5. Statistical Analysis of Date
  • 6. Field Research: Naturalistic and Case Study Research
  • 7. Correlational and Differential Methods of Research
  • 8. Hypothesis Testing, Validity, and Threats to Validity
  • 9. Controls to Reduce Threats to Validity
  • 10. Single-Variable, Independent-Groups Design
  • 11. Correlated-Groups and Single-Subject Designs
  • 12. Factorial Designs
  • 13. A Second Look at Field Research
  • Appendix A: Using the Student Resource Website
  • Appendix B: Random Numbers
  • Appendix C: Answers to Quick-Check Questions
Features & benefits
  • Historical Lessons boxes provide historical psychological and scientific examples to emphasize important research principles.
  • Cost of Neglect boxes provide examples of research that failed due to insufficient design.
  • Understanding the Concept boxes explain the principles underlying various procedures and concepts.
  • Go with the Flow boxes are flowcharts designed to summarize complex, multi-stage procedures.
  • New - Critical Thinking boxes either emphasize the logic of research design or extend that logic to everyday situations.
  • Pedagogical features that enhance learning — including chapter learning objectives, quick-check review questions, summaries, exercises, and more — are found throughout the test.
  • Putting It into Practice, an embedded feature, challenges students to apply what they’ve learned to everyday scenarios, making the material more understandable.
  • New - Opening Vignettes are a new chapter feature that include research, classic or recent, that illustrates the concepts in a chapter. Vignette topics are revisited throughout each chapter.
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