Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

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This book provides a showcase for "best practices" in teaching statistics and research methods in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

A helpful resource for teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced statistics and/or methods, the book features coverage of:

  • ways to integrate these courses
  • how to promote ethical conduct
  • how to create writing intensive programs
  • novel tools and activities to get students involved
  • strategies for teaching online courses and computer applications
  • guidance on how to create and maintain helpful web resources
  • assessment advice to help demonstrate that students are learning
  • tips on linking diversity to research methodology.

This book appeals to veteran and novice educators and graduate students who teach research methods and/or statistics in psychology and other behavioral sciences and serves as an excellent resource in related faculty workshops. A CD with activities that readers can customize is included.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A 'must have addition' to the personal, department, and school's libraries... all faculty need to know the optimal ways to teach this content. the prospect of the book's impact on the field is substantial." - Kenneth A. Weaver, Emporia State University, USA

"Ph.D. students who plan to teach statistics or research methods should own this text." - Nancy L. Leech, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

"I have no doubt that even after twenty-seven years of teaching statistics and research methods, this book will contain much valuable information for me." - Joseph S. Rossi, University of Rhode Island, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805857474
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

W.F. Buskist, Foreword. D.S. Dunn, R.A. Smith, B.C. Beins, Preface. Part 1. Introducing Best Practices. D.S. Dunn, R.A. Smith, B.C. Beins, Overview: Best Practices for Teaching Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology. Part 2. Basic Issues for Best Practices. S.F. Davis, Student-Faculty Research Collaboration: A Model for Success in Psychology. R.E. Kirk, Changing Topics and Trends in Introductory Statistics. R.E. Landrum, R.A. Smith, Creating Syllabi for Statistics and Research Methods Courses. P.C. Smith, Assessing Students’ Research Idea. Part 3. Approaches to Teaching Statistics. S.L. Chew, Designing Effective Examples and Problems for Teaching Statistics. C.M. Harris, J.G. Mazoué, H. Hamdan, A.R. Casiple, Designing an Online Introductory Statistics Course. K. Brakke, J.H. Wilson, D.V. Bradley, Beyond Basics: Enhancing Undergraduate Statistics Instruction. Part 4. Emerging Approaches to Teaching Research Methods. R.L. Ault, M.P. Munger, S. Tonidandel, C. Barton, K.S. Multhaup, Hands-On Labs in Content Area Methods Courses. K.E. Barron, J.O. Benedict, B.K. Saville, S.L. Serdikoff, T.E. Zinn, Innovative Approaches to Teaching Statistics and Research Methods: Just-in-Time Teaching, Interteaching, and Learning Communities. E.P. Kardas, C. Spatz, Teaching Ethics in Research Methods Classes. K.D. Keith, J. Meerdink, A. Molitor, Upper-Division Research Methods: From Idea to Print in a Semester. Part 5. Integrative Approaches to Teaching Methods and Statistics. A.N. Christopher, M.I. Walter, R.S. Horton, P. Marek, Benefits and Detriments of Integrating Statistics and Research Methods. B.C. Beins, A. Lynn, Integrating Computer Applications in Statistics and Research Methods. R.A. Smith, Through the Curriculum and Beyond: Giving Students Professional Opportunities in Research. Part 6. Special Topics: Diversity Issues and Writing. L.M. Woolf, M.R. Hulsizer, Understanding the Mosaic of Humanity Through Research Methodology: Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods Courses. M.E. Schmidt, D.S. Dunn, Teaching Writing in Statistics and Research Methods: Addressing
Objectives, Intensive Issues, and Style.

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