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The Process of Research in Psychology - Dawn M. McBride

The Process of Research in Psychology

Paperback Published: 30th November 2015
ISBN: 9781483347608
Number Of Pages: 392

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Employing numerous examples and the pedagogical approach of spaced repetition, this introductory text provides a step-by-step explanation of how to design, conduct, and present research in psychology. Early chapters instroduce important concepts for developing research ideas, subject sampling, ethics, and data collection to help students understand the process of research. Subsequent "Nuts and Bolts" chapters provide more detailed coverage of these topics and the various types of research. This approach creates a logical scaffolding upon which students can build their knowledge.

Key Features

  • Chapter organization mirrors the steps in the research process in the first part of the book and then lays out the details of different types of research designs in the second half. This sequence reflects the logical, natural progression of the research process.
  • The spaced repetition of concepts follows a proven memory/learning model that maximizes student retention.
  • Thinking About Research sections at the end of chapters provide a summary of a real research study for students to analyze and relate to the chapter content
  • Examples and activities in each chapter come from a wide range of psychological settings, giving students a useful overview of real research.
  • Using Research feature at the end of selected chapters help students connect research methods knowledge to reports they encounter in their daily lives and from the media.
  • End-of-Chapter Quizzes allow students to assess their progress

Ancillaries:

  • Password-protected Instructor Resource Site include a test bank, PowerPoint slides, sample syllabi, answers/tips for the in-text questions, an answer key for the Lab Manual and class discussion topics and activities.
  • An open-access student study site provides chapter summaries and objectives, E-flashcards, Web quizzes, additional SPSS data examples, SAGE journal articles, and additional Web resources.

Lab Manual
The Lab Manual for Psychological Research by Dawn M. McBride and J. Cooper Cutting (available separately or bundled with the text) provides the perfect supplement for instructors who teach a lab component with their methods course or would simply like to provide their students with more guidance and practice in conducting their own research project

Part I: Overview of the Research Process from Start to Finish Chapter 1: Psychological Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method Why Psychologists Conduct Research How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method Basic and Applied Research Why Should I Care About Research If I Don't Want to Do Research in My Career? Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Using Research Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 2: Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From Developing a Research Question How to Conduct a Literature Review What You Find in a Literature Review Using the Literature to Make Hypotheses Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 3: Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research Historical Context for Ethical Guidelines Current Ethical Guidelines for Human Participants Research Institutional Review Boards Current Ethical Guidelines for Nonhuman Animal Subjects Ethics in Reporting Research Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 4: How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs Data Collection Techniques Types of Research Designs Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Using Research Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 5: Variables and Measurement Research Dependent Variables Independent Variables Validity and Sources of Bias Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 6: Sampling Populations and Samples Probability Samples Convenience Samples Comparison of Probability and Convenience Sampling Techniques Recruiting Participants Using the Internet to Sample Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Using Research Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 7: Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics Descriptive Statistics: Summarizing the Data Inferential Statistics: Testing Hypotheses Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 8: Reporting Research APA-Style Article Writing Oral Presentations Poster Presentations Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of Research Methods and Analysis Chapter 9: The Nuts and Bolts of Survey Research Answering Research Questions With Surveys Creating a Survey Survey Administration Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 10: The Nuts and Bolts of Correlational Studies Research Questions in Correlational Studies Correlational Study Examples Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 11: The Nuts and Bolts of One-Factor Experiments Learning About Causation Through Manipulation and Control Control in Within-Subjects and Between-Subjects Experiments Experiment Examples Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 12: The Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Factor Experiments Factorial Designs More About Interactions Experiment Examples Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 13: The Nuts and Bolts of Quasi-Experiments Types of Quasi-Experiments Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 14: The Nuts and Bolts of Other Specialized Designs Developmental Designs Small-n Designs Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Chapter 15: The Nuts and Bolts of Using Statistics Comparing Groups or Conditions Chapter Summary Thinking About Research Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Test Yourself Student Study Site Appendix: Statistical Calculations Glossary References Index About the Author

ISBN: 9781483347608
ISBN-10: 1483347605
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 30th November 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 19.68  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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