How to Write Psychology Research Reports and Assignments eBook (9e) : 9780655702948

How to Write Psychology Research Reports and Assignments eBook (9e)

Kaufmann,L et al
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Pearson Australia
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How to Write Psychology Research Reports and Assignments provides all the information required to prepare and write psychology research reports and assessments at the undergraduate level.

The text is intended to address the need for a set of guidelines for writing undergraduate-level psychology research reports and assessments. It’s aimed at first- and second-year students, although it may be useful to address weaknesses in preparation, writing, or even submitting assignments among more senior students. A student who grasps these concepts will have a sound basis for presenting and communicating research in a professional manner, and writing stylistically appropriate assessments.

The new edition has been updated to reflect the current style outlined by the APA in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. Given the importance of this style in Australian psychology programs, the authors have ensured this new edition is broader than simply formatting. This edition includes an increased focus on the various types of research papers and methodologies, updates to journal article reporting standards (JARS), the replication crisis, bias-free language guidelines, the publication process, and other types of writing (reviews, proposals, presentations).

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Table of contents
  • 1: Reasons for Writing in Psychology Units
  • 2: Getting Started: The Basic Elements
  • 3. Citations and Referencing
  • 4. Research Basics: Where to start your report
  • 5. Research Reports in Psychology
  • 6: Essays in Psychology
  • 7: Literature Reviews
  • 8. Proposals, Presentations, and Posters in Psychology
  • Appendix A Sample of a Good Research Report
  • Appendix B Sample of a Poor Research Report
  • Appendix C Sample of a Good Research Report
  • Appendix D Sample of a Poor Research Report

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New to this edition
  • The introduction is expanded to include an exploration of the concept of ‘communications’ - research reports, both quantitative and qualitative, essays, reviews, proposals, presentations and posters.
  • Chapter 2 has been updated with an increased focus on bias free language.
  • New chapter on Reviews which includes why reviews these are important, approaches to questions, synthesis and conclusions.
  • New chapter on Other Communications which includes research proposals, presentations and posters
  • An increased emphasis on journal article reporting standards (JARS), transparency and replicability
Features & benefits
  • Expanded coverage with new chapter focused on other types of writing in psychology
  • Includes new and helpful content related to literature review articles, research proposals, presentations and posters
  • Supportive visuals and examples of good/poor writing
  • Includes flowcharts of the processes involved in writing a research report and an essay and examples of good and poor research reports that can be used as guides.
  • Supports the psychology discipline’s required and important focus on developing culturally competent graduate
Author biography

Dr Leah Kaufmann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. Leah is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and serves as President of the ACU Branch at NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union).

Dr Bruce Findlay is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Statistics, Swinburne University of Technology.

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