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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This informative guide on how to successfully conduct and present research across all areas of behavioral science should be the desktop mentor for all graduate students and current researchers.
Purpose: The book is designed to help readers gather all of the knowledge gained through their coursework and experiences and consolidate it into meaningful practice. It is about being able to bridge the gap between coursework and independent research. This gap tends to be where the most errors occur. Using such a reference will help researchers greatly reduce or eliminate these errors.
Audience: All students and beginning researchers will benefit from this book, especially those in the behavioral sciences. This could easily be a standalone book for a course or seminar as well as a supplemental text for any graduate or advanced level course in research methods. The author has done an exceptional job of closing the gap that has existed for far too long.
Features: The book covers the gray areas that coursework cannot in the allotted time, such as the main problems and concerns of behavioral science research. There are strong reviews of validity and reliability and must-needed chapters on statistics and effect sizes. I enjoyed the focus on measurement, which is an area that in recent years has not received much attention but definitely deserves it. The chapters on writing and presentations are must-read and provide great do's and don'ts that even the most seasoned researchers still need.
Assessment: I love this book. As a behavioral science researcher for a major pharmaceutical company and an educator, I will use this book and recommend it to my colleagues and students.