Applied Research Design: A Practical Guide

Applied Research Design: A Practical Guide

by Terry E. (Elizabeth) Hedrick, Leonard Bickman, Debra J. Rog
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803932332

ISBN-13: 9780803932333

Pub. Date: 01/11/1993

Publisher: SAGE Publications

To help researchers and students make the transition from the classroom and laboratory to research in the 'real world,' the authors reveal the pitfalls and suggest strategies to overcome problems in the design and planning of applied research. With a focus on how to refine research questions as real world events force deviations from the original research plan,

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To help researchers and students make the transition from the classroom and laboratory to research in the 'real world,' the authors reveal the pitfalls and suggest strategies to overcome problems in the design and planning of applied research. With a focus on how to refine research questions as real world events force deviations from the original research plan, they discuss how to study and monitor program implementation and statistical power analysis. They also explore how to assess the human and material resources that will be needed at different times while conducting an applied research design to facilitate the management of data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803932333
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/11/1993
Series:
Applied Social Research Methods Series, #32
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Prefaceix
1.The Nature of Applied Research1
Contrasting Basic and Applied Research2
A Research Planning Model11
2.Defining the Focus of the Research15
Understanding the Problem/Issue16
Developing a Conceptual Framework19
Identifying the Research Questions23
Negotiation of Study Scope34
3.Selecting a Research Design38
Maximizing Validity39
Key Items for Consideration40
Choosing a Design44
"Not So Obvious" Mistakes in Design: Learning From Past Experiences65
Contrasting Features of Applied and Basic Design67
4.Selecting Data Collection Approaches68
Data Collection Considerations68
Types of Data Collection Instruments82
Data Analysis Planning87
5.Resource Planning93
Data as a Resource94
Time as a Resource103
Personnel as a Resource110
Financial Resources115
Monitoring Project Implementation120
6.Making Trade-Offs and Testing Feasibility121
Making Design Trade-Offs121
Feasibility Testing of the Research Design/Plan127
A Checklist for Applied Research Planning130
References134
Index138
About the Authors140

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